Western Governors University Reviews
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I am about to graduate with a Bachelor's degree from WGU. All I can say is that I could not have finished a 4 year degree any other way. I am in my 40's, work full-time and finally found a way to afford to turn my Associate's into a Bachelor's. If you have an Associate's degree and know how to write and study at a college level, you can do this! This college is not for young, inexperienced students who need constant help and to have someone keep them on track. For someone like me, an honor student at my community college and up to the challenge, WGU is PERFECT. It is challenging...the college is extremely rigorous about ID...everything is done by proctor or via a webcam...no notes or books during tests...it is HARD! I finished my last 2 years of college in 6 months...if you put in 30-40 hours a week and plan your strategy carefully, you can accelerate like I have and WGU encourages you and stays out of your way while you do it! So, here I am....the secretary with a Bachelor's degree! I think I will get another degree and a Master's so I can put MBA behind my name next to the title of 'Secretary'...ha! Hopefully soon, I will be able to pursue some of my career goals. :)
This school is for self-starters. If you are looking to learn IT by attending this school you will have a hard road ahead of you. If you are already an IT professional then this is the school for you. I see people complain about not having enough support. If you ask they will give you all the support you need. It is online learning you will be using your computer for everything. Physical book are not supplied and if you are the type who needs a physical book this will not be the program for you. I started this program with zero credits and sixteen years of IT experience. The general education was the hardest part and mostly because I don’t like to write papers. Nothing that will make a true difference in your life is easy and neither was completing this degree.
I loved reading Western Google University and the reports the employees / mentors wrote. WGU will not accept credits in and good luck transferring any credits. You are not thinking of transferring but oh, you will. You receive NO GRADES. You get CU's. !? 2 CU. 6CU 4CU etc and they mean nothing. Every other college is 3 semester credit . With a grade. It is a business, not a school. The material is not difficult - their process is. Read about how they treat you when you try to advance fast. The third party graders shut you down. My course professor / mentor got mad and wrote my paper. He got a pass - a week after the term ended. $3, 300 cost to me. Keep thinking " That won't happen to me ! "
I earned my associate's degree from a local community college and had taken quite a few classes toward my bachelors at the local university when I heard about WGU. I decided to go to WGU as it sounded very convenient. I work and have a family, so WGU seemed ideal for me. At first it seemed wonderful... perfect! My degree plan showed I needed about 12 classes to finish, which was a couple more than what I would have needed through the university, but I felt that was a good trade off. The first term with WGU went well, but then my mentor stopped calling and would not respond to my email or phone calls. I was on my own. For the most part, this wasn't a big deal as I'm very organized and motivated to get my assignments done. I was getting concerned though as things were not going as they should and no one would give me any answers. I had asked for Elementary Education, but they put me in Special Education saying it was just a couple more classes and would be good for me, even though it's not the area I wanted. I couldn't get anyone to change it. When it came time for my 2nd term, my entire degree plan changed... it now had 33 classes!!! Special Education was still my degree, so that hadn't changed, but they added a LOT more classes. No one could tell me why all of those classes were added... what a shock that was to me! Eventually, my mentor was replaced, and she was very nice, but didn't seem to know much. She always had to get back with me and never had concrete answers for me. Very frustrating. Just a few weeks into the 2nd term, I started to get so concerned that I decided to contact the local university and see what my options were to finish my degree. Only one course I took through WGU transferred, the rest were not necessary... so I wasted a lot of time and money. My graduation date through WGU was going to be 2017, but through the university, it will be 2015! I think WGU is a great concept, but there are many kinks they need to work out. I wasn't able to put forth the money and time needed to finish at WGU. Plus, I must be able to fully trust and gain the answers and information I need. I did not feel that way with WGU. I have also been told personally that the lack of letter grade and grade point average can be a big deal for some schools who are hiring. I hear mixed reviews about how WGU is perceived with those looking to hire teachers. I couldn't take that risk either.
This school seemed okay at first, but after getting into some of the classes and talking with my mentor, I realized this school was not for me. The CDs they sent for my class and the videos they had online to help with classroom management and teaching strategies looked like they were from the early to mid-90s. Schools and students have changed a lot since that time so much of the information was unreliable. Secondly, I happened to get a temporary teaching job while attending this school. I could have stayed at that school since I was technically enrolled to get my license through WGU, but WGU would not let me stay at the school where I was being payed. They said I would have to leave that teaching job and be assigned to a school of their choosing and work for free. Of course I wasn't going to leave a paid job to go to a non-paid job. So I left this school and went to a cheaper and quicker state alternative teaching licensure program.
Attended WGU for one term for MSN (edu). This school teaches nothing and was a waste of my time and money. After that term I left and went to a real school eastern ky university for my degree. Needless to say they didn't accept any of my transfer classes. You have one assignment per class and you just keep redoing it until you pass. The learning is a page with different page numbers to read in your books. Mentors call and talk about their lives, so if you need a friend and a degree that you don't learn anything with, this is the place! Example of how this works: I turned in a paper, got returned and certain sections needed to be redone, one to be exact. I corrected and turned in again, meanwhile another teacher mistakenly graded it too, she picked completely different sections said they were wrong and the one that the original teacher said was, she said it was perfect?! Stay away!!!!
I nicknamed this school Western Google University. I felt like I went through my program in some sort of vacuum. Each class assigns tasks that must be completed before you can move onto your next class. My first session I sailed through each task with a simple "Pass" Never any comments, good or bad. Towards the middle of my 2nd semester I began getting wrenches thrown in my way. I would not get a Pass on my assignments but I would also be left guessing what deficient in men assignments. No comments or brief one word comments. I was told at that time by my advisor that I was moving too fast through the program and they would be losing money on me if I finished in 1 year and that the goal is to complete the program in 2 years. At the end of my first year I was completely finished with my course work and my masters thesis (Capstone) but the process of grading ground to a halt making me have to re take my last class the next semester. At that time I was assigned a" new" grader who wanted me to take my Capstone a completely different directions. It was so frustrating. I got through that nightmare only to have the same thing happen at the end of that session. I just stopped hearing from anyone from the university when it seemed I was going to finish my capstone in three sessions. ( I was actually told that my capstone advisor had left the country and would therefor not be able to validate my Capstone and listen to my defense. ) I basically had to get very assertive and call every day to get myself a new advisor to approve my completed project, but I still was not given a day to defend my master, which is basically a powerpoint of your research. I called that morning to state I had absolutely no intention of paying for another semester and low and behold at about 4 pm I received an email stating to be ready with my Power point at 5 pm ( they game my one hour to get home form work and get organized .) Miraculously, I made it and gave my beautiful power point online to a silent, invisible committee who had absolutely nothing good or bad to say about by Capstone that I had worked so very hard on. In addition you really have to be a self learner to get through this program. Most of the source material supplied really did not help me and I found the chat rooms to have very old entries. The instructors are non - existent.
I chose to study Curriculum and Instruction for my graduate program in this university. This is my second graduate degree with the first from a conventional university. My experience with this school has been very positive. I was lucky to have very supportive mentors throughout my program. The professors are all with doctoral degrees and the degree of support and inspiration they provided throughout the program was a welcome change from my conventional college learning experience. They always made sure that we maintained the standard set by the school..
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.