Western Governors University Reviews
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I did a great deal of research before picking which Online University I would attend. The major components that drove me to WGU were the flexibility in scheduling, the accreditation, and the success rate. I knew that I would be relocating in the time I would be pursuing my Bachelor's Degree and needed the flexibilty to do so without missing deadlines or exams. I ended up moving 4 times while attending WGU and was still able to graduate on-time! Getting a degree from a university that lacks accreditation, like a lot of online schools, is like spending a few years to print out a fake degree that looks nice on your wall. These universities are why online education has a struggling image and why you will want to make an effort to point out that WGU is fully accredited when applying to new jobs. A lot of people assume that you were very easily able to cheat your way through your online education which is not the case at WGU. An Online Degree should require the same amount, if not more, effort than a traditional Brick-and-Mortar Degrees and WGU delivers that challenge while still offering the flexibility desired from Online Education. High drop-out rates and failure rates contribute to other Online Universities not receiving accreditation. A University needs to show a high success rate in order for state and federal institutions to back them and give them accreditation. Many employers will not even look at a resume with a school lacking FULL (being both state and federal) accreditation. In summary, WGU gives you an actual degree and education that you can use in the real world. This school is not for someone looking for an easily obtained degree, but for someone who is willing to put the time and effort into earning a degree. While there is still some skepticism to over come with an online education, WGU proves to stand above others and is easily seen by employers that are able to recognize real online educations v.s. sub-par online educations. I am proud to say that I attended WGU, and would recommend it to anyone seeking an online education. I shouldn't forget to mention the tremendous value WGU offers. I graduated with a fraction of the debt that my friends faced.
One of the best changes I ever made! I work in IT, had my Associates and a few IT Certifications. Was time to get a Bachelors, choose a very good brick and mortar school in my area. I work full time, and was discouraged as the only classes I had left remaining were just about all electives as my Associates covered my major. I was taking classes I didn't want, taking forever (so it seemed) and I felt like I was just paying to get a piece of paper and say I have a Bachelors. In comes WGU...after a colleague at work seemed very excited about this school he was going to. Fast forward.....I LOVE IT! One year in and I have done at WGU what would have taken me two at my previous school. I am taking classes in my major, learning new and updated information (AND CURRENT) in my area of work and study, LOVE being able to work at my own pace, quicker on topics I am familiar with, slower if a new area for me or really need a refresher. Having a mentor is one of the keys to this program...WGU make sure you remember how important your mentors are :). I hope they are recognized for their talent. As others have said, you must able to adjust to this, be self disciplined and work hard. This is not just a quick way to get a degree...be prepared to LEARN! I know, may sound strange, but there are plenty of schools out there that are just about the piece of paper, and some employers seem to push this. That is where the accreditation comes into play. Do some comparing. When reading about the history of WGU, they got it right. They are looking into the future....not a brick and mortar school trying to fit a square peg into a round hole....I.E.: Trying to make a traditional in-person class into an online class by mirroring it to the last detail. This was my experience prior to WGU and it doesn't work. Another friend's experience in taking online classes at a traditional brick\mortar was writing a paper for every class. EVEN MATH! Along with mandatory online check in AND forums postings 7 days a week. She was spending more time proving she was online and writing than she would have if she went to the class in person. In addition, WGU and the mentors offer so many opportunities for support and help to get you there. They ask for a commitment of 20 hours of study, and that commitment is key. Make a plan, keep to it and you will succeed.
Great college for the working adult. This is my 3rd degree that I have received. My first two were in a brick and Mortar school and this one was partly online at WGU. I can tell you hands down this was the best education I have ever received. I scheduled my Nclex right after I graduated and passed it the first time. I had to take eight competency test for my current job. I passed each test the first time with an average score of 94 percent on my first attempt. I walked into a high paying job with only room to grow. During school I was assigned a RN preceptor that was trained from WGU through out all of my clinic rotations. I never had to share my preceptor with another student. That WGU moto 1 on 1 training. I loved it because I learned so much during my clinical rotation. You may find this interesting. Out of 500 schools looked at WGU for nursing ranked 19th according to NursingJournal. org. http://nursejournal.org/articles/americas-best-nursing-schools/ You can't go wrong with WGU. It's a tough program but well worth it.
Just putting on my resume that I am attending a MSN program in nursing. I have found the work challenging, rewarding, and completely doable. In some ways I have been learning more than I was able to attending a brick and mortar school. I was able to listen to all of the different heart murmurs online. I remember when I originally went to nursing school we had to line up at the bedside to get a few seconds of listening to one type of murmur. There is so.....much more that we are able to do via the internet. you actually get more one on one attention, and you can focus on the areas that you are having more trouble understanding. BTW their IT department is efficient and on spot helpful.
This form of education is not for everyone. If you need to sit in front of an instructor giving lectures, and interact with them to learn- this may not be a good choice for you. But if you can learn independently out of a book, recorded lectures and media, and interactive courses and lectures online- this is a great way to finish your degree! It was challenging at first, but within a few weeks I had understood the learning process needed for the program to work out for me.
I would recommend to any one thinking in enrolling in the teachers program at Western Governors University to really find out how it works. The mentors are not helpful at all. Another advice is do not tie any performance to the PRAXIS exams. Because if you do not pass the PRAXIS on time you will be held back on your program. I came into the program with two years of college thinking that I woudl be done in two years; think again. I have been in the program 5 years and $20,000 in debt. Do your work and evalute the pros and cons of the on-line programs at Western Governors vs. the traditional face to face that you get in the regular classroom.
The competency-based approach is much to be desired from other educational organizations, but the learning is still taking place. Overall I feel that I received a better education as all my assignments applied to my work and weren't accepted until they were correct. There were times that I went through multiple revisions to complete an assignment which assisted with learning through my mistakes. While this may occur with the 4.0 grading scale, it's less forgiving. In addition to the competency, commercial certifications are part of the curriculum.
This school is a scam, right when I was about to graduate they changed the course program on me so i would have to take additional classes that seemed so unrealistic which would require me to take an extra term to obtain my degree. I called records department who apparently handles all program changes and they said no such changes are being made to the marketing degree program but right when they accessed my account via student number they said, oh yes I see why this is happening. I got upset because why isn't the program changing for everyone, why just me? Why would they add hard classes towards the end of my degree program without prior notice? Sure they offer lower prices but they scam students to take extra terms that's how they make their money by keeping Students in school. This is the second time they have disappointment me, first they wouldn't change my degree program to Business, they kept saying that they're in the process of changing the course catalog it'll take some time in order to transition into the new term while Financial Aid is giving me deadlines; kind of trapping the student to backing out of changing their degree programs. How would it benefit them if they wouldn't let students change degree programs because in order to keep the programs available they need to meet a certain quota to keep the program alive. What's upsetting is that no one at the school is willing to help me out and everyone keeps pointing me back to my Mentor who isn't even helping me out. I question if all these grand reviews are the University themselves, they're only way of promoting themselves is via word of mouth or social media. Just my advice be aware, I'm currently in the process of seeing of my local University will accept the classes I've already taken at WGU, fingers crossed otherwise I've just waste fours years of my life doing hard work for no reason.
I am in my first term of the MSN-Education program ay WGU. So far, I have nothing but great things to say about the school. My student mentor is terrific and financial aid has been outstanding. The program is not easy, the courses include exams along with multiple page papers to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject area. I LOVE that the school is regionally accredited and affordable. All books and other resources needed for your courses are included in the cost of tuition making WGU a great choice for motivated students. If you are one to procrastinate - WGU is not for you. You need to be highly motivated and be willing to dedicate 15-20 hours a week toward your school work. It is not impossible, but it is challenging. Lastly - In the job interview I had for my current position, the DON immediately asked me about the MSN in progress at WGU on my resume. We discussed the program briefly and I was offered the position on the spot with no experience in this area of nursing.
After failing at a completed degree the first time around, WGU gave me a chance to try again. The online experience is flexible and very much at your own pace. Great for Working, single parents. You also have mentors to help you set goals and achieve them through accountability. I would recommend Western Governors University to anyone trying to accomplish their dream of a degree while still having room for whatever life may present to you! You can do it!