Western Governors University Reviews
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Earning my degree was challenging! But worth it! And I was able to achieve this goal with the help of Western Governors University. Seriously! The support and communication that I had with my student mentor was outstanding. She was my cheerleader. As a matter of fact, I just received a card from her in the mail; checking in with me to see how I'm doing....and I graduated two months ago. I did not have this kind of support at the last university I attended. I also had a great experience working with the finance department, tech support, and course instructors. I always got a quick response when I was in crisis and needed help. Trust me, when your computer is having technical issues; or you are stuck on a Statistics equation; you are in a crisis. Most importantly, I had all of the resources available to help me be a successful student.
I am so appreciative of WGU I have been through so much in life and no matter what my mentor was there for me, the school really has helped me through all my trails and tribulations and I am a true believer that with people that are there to help in school you will succeed , there were times where I wanted to give up but I stat strong with the help of WGU and their entire staff , they are truly a blessing to me because they offer so many tools to help you get closer to your dreams and its up to you as a individual to put forth an effort to work hard study and use what they give you and believe me you will pass you will get through it and they will always try their best to accommodate you in anything you need , from counseling, to job seeking to guidance and I have come so far with them. I learn I am a online school student. Put the work in and you will get out what you need. WGU is a awesome school and the care whether to do well.
WGU Indiana has thought of the whole picture for working adults. Books, links, libraries, etc are all at your finger tips. No hidden costs. Student mentor for you through the whole program. Course Mentor for each course. 24/7 Tech support and many more venues for every student. Career center and resume assistance for those near graduation. Very personable. You are definitely not a student number you are recognized as a student, by your Name! I completed 2 degrees with WGU Indiana (BSN and MSN)! I would love to work for them someday!
This school is a great choice for students who need flexible scheduling. As long as you can manage your time and study/learn without being told specifically how to do everything, this is a great choice. I loved the fact that I could prove my knowledge without having to do a bunch of discussion board posts and other meaningless tasks like other online schools.
I was very skeptical of attending an online university. However, logistically it just made sense for me. The mentors at the school were wonderful in helping me when I was stuck, and great at motivating me to push on. One thing that I liked about WGU's teacher prep program was that it gave me a ton of preparation, and the requirements were higher than I expected. Even the teachers hosting me through my practicum and student teaching were shocked at how much I had to do to prepare to be a teacher. I received a job immediately after graduation and I felt extremely prepared to teach. Also, the tuition costs at WGU can't be beat.
I love this school! It is perfect for highly motivated, independent learners. You are able to go as quickly or as slowly as you like. The value cannot be beaten. The annual tuition has not increased in YEARS. The flat fee is great as a motivator to learn as much as possible in as little time as possible because students are charged per term, not per credit or per course. I liked the challenge of pushing myself to see how many classes I could complete within a 6 month term. I am also proud of the quality of the courses. The text books and expected learning outcomes are the same as those of any brick-and-mortar state college/university. The learning resources are abundant and there is always someone to ask for help if you get stuck. Academic integrity is taken very seriously at WGU. Exams are proctored via live webcam and they WILL stop your exam if they even think they see something suspicious. I can't say enough great things about WGU. I am a cheerleader for them for life because they have made such a huge difference in my life.
As a student who is just about to pass from Western Governor's, I feel obligated to let any prospective students what to expect from a Western Governor's degree program in IT - Network Design and Management. The idea of the college is great, it is a performance based program that tests you on your competencies. For someone who has been in IT Networking/Architecture for 19 years, this is a perfect situation. In general the program has it's pros/cons like any other school, however, the Microsoft aspect of this program is a different story. When initially registered, the Microsoft tests were proctored through Microsoft's certification program. This is a problem, because if you read the requirements of each test is requires a few years experience and hands-on experience. Not something that should be a college level test. WGU acknowledged the issue and brought the exams in house. The problem is that the tests are more difficult! I score higher with the Microsoft version of the exam than I do with WGU's internal test which seems to have quite a few technical errors. To compound the issue, as I mentioned I am a Network Architect with engineering background, but Microsoft is not networking but a systems technology. (For anyone disagreeing on this point, just ask yourself: Can a network exist without a router or a switch? How about a windows server, can it do switching and routing? (and please do not try the RIP approach, it is deprecated)) I have studied for each test for at least 250 hours per exam and still am hobbling through the tests. On the whole, if anyone is considering this degree program, consider whether or not you have Microsoft mastery. If the answer is, "no", then try some other school. If the answer is yes, than this may be a good fit. Just also be aware that the goal of WGU is to save the student on hours in the classroom, but the student makes up for it in homework and studying. There are not many "cake walk" classes in this program, and work at your own pace may mean spending 4-5 months on the same course (the 6 credit courses are brutal)
Completed MSN-Leadership and Management program while working as a full-time Director of a MST dept. in a year span. Don't let the time frame fool you as this program was demanding and challenging. The reason I was interested in completing my MSN program through WGU was the fact that you can accelerate through the program and the financial aspect was manageable without taking loans. Although I serve as a Director in a hospital as previously mentioned, I learned a great deal through this program. I highly recommend this University and I plan on taking the path for the MBA-Healthcare Management after I take a couple of months break to rest as I was very dedicated over the past year completing my MSN.
It is simple if you are a procrastinator or have had problems with online classes, this school is not for you. I am somewhat of a procrastinator and that made it harder than it should have been. My mentor is AMAZING! If you can I would request John Shumway. I have seen some reviews that call your mentor a cheerleader and I would say they are that and many more things. I have someone to answer to, which helps me stay on track. He is always positive, helpful and honest. This was perfect for me and if I could do it over again, I would definitely want John as my mentor and finishing faster. Course mentors will help you with your issues as long as you can explain in detail what your are having a hard time. You also need to keep up on announcements.
My experience at Western Governor's was very positive. An on-line degree program is not for everyone. But, for myself, I was already working in the IT industry and am an adult learner. The information and experience I gained from my courses and capstone project had a direct impact on my real world work projects. My mentor was instrumental in keeping me on track and graduating on time. Without his help I may not have ever graduated. I graduated a month late. I already had an associates agree at a community college. My degree has helped my career and is worth every bit of effort I put in to it.