Western Governors University Reviews
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WGU is non profit so not as expensive and I like the way their program works. I had a student mentor that called me weekly the first six months then bi-weekly after. She helped me set goals and provided a lot of encouragement and assistance. Whenever I was having a problem I could count on her to either help me herself or get someone else at the university that was moire knowledgeable about my specific dilemma. You can get your Masters in two years. Semesters are 6 months and you work on a certain number of classes during that six months at your own pace. I heard about one student that finished all his requirements in less than a year, but it took me the full two years. As long as you finish all the classes, called CU's, you commit to taking each semester you can take as long or short a time as you need. I was working on a Masters in High School Math Education and I had an education class I finished in two weeks but I also had a math class that took me two months to get through. But I did it!! The classes are all pass/fail so your overall GPA will not show any real changes. Rather than conventional "tests" there are tasks you complete for each class. When you submit a task, it is reviewed and if changes are needed you work on it to fix it until it is correct. If you run into a problem, and just can't get past a task, there are course mentors that will provide guidance to get you on the right track. My diploma was mailed today. I cannot wait to get it
WGU is basically a way for people to get a degree without having to do all that messy school work. I can't quite comprehend the people who have said the program is hard; for me it was just a matter of doing a few hours of work a week and I managed to finish about 100 credits in three semesters (1 1/2 years). Several of the courses you can pass by passing a single multiple-choice test. If you're good at figuring out tests, you can easily get through those classes by skimming through the textbook, getting a basic understanding of the material, and sometimes just guessing. Other courses are passed by doing a handful of assignments. I don't think I had a single class that required more than, say, 10 hours of work to finish these assignments. The assignments I turned in were almost never rejected by the graders. If they were rejected, it was only for minor corrections that took a few minutes. The final capstone project (that was supposedly 9 credits) took me all of a week to complete. So the college saves you money by not employing professors. They have "course mentors" who are basically useless. Each class has a message board where students can post questions, and the course mentors theoretically give them assistance. I never used them for help because I never needed it, but a few times I would respond to other students' questions because the mentors would completely ignore them and not give any help, and I just felt bad for the students who were struggling. Despite what WGU claims, the degree does not seem to be taken seriously by employers. I never got anywhere near a position related to my degree; I had maybe one interview for an accounting clerk job which I didn't get. I eventually just gave up trying to get an accounting job. I will give my degree one bit of praise: I was able to get into graduate school (a real school, not WGU) with it. Though I suspect that my application was approved despite my degree, not because of it. (It's not an accounting program, for what it's worth.) I saw one review on here that stated the person had received a master's degree in three months. Others have finished a bachelor's degree in one semester (six months). I have to ask: do you really think that getting a degree in that short period of time means anything? There's no way that you could have learned anything substantive in a few months. WGU is part of the problem with higher education in this country - institutions granting degrees without actually teaching anything devalues the legitimate education that is pursued by people at universities with actual professors. WGU is at least better than the for-profit online schools like University of Phoenix, in that it costs students a lot less money to get a degree that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. But that's a very low bar.
I have read many online reviews about WGU and this website is of no exception. I graduated from the MBA program and I will clearly say this university is no paper mill every class is a challenge. I however will say if WGU continues to do nothing to ensure academic integrity as one reviewer pointed out then it certainly will become a paper mill in the long run. The fact that WGU does not change its course study material and paper outlines at least once a year troubles me. I am seeing many reviews from students who say the finished this MBA in 3 months! My response is are you kidding me? 3 months to research and write over 1000 pages of absolutely perfect research paper submissions and projects. Wow to me you people are either cheating or Clark Kent any way a hearty congrats to you. The one review where the student states you can purchase papers from other students is absolutely credible as I have looked into it. I have to say this greatly disturbs me and destroys the credibility and integrity of WGU's programs. I have to ask the question of why? It would take little from WGU to prevent and stop this from occurring. In addressing the course mentor claims of paid commissions yes it's true as i am friends with my mentor even after graduation and he spilled the beans. In addition it is also true the student mentors know nothing about your courses and they can't contribute any useful information. In addressing the course mentor issues I do not get this because I received helpful feedback from every course mentor that I contacted and the online web seminars are extremely helpful. The question of whether WGU hires it's own previous graduates is easily answered they do my mentor was a previous graduate and in fact being a graduate actually provides you more leverage in getting a interview I have been told. The degree is beautiful on quality paper with blue and gold trim with WGU printed in the background a hard earned treasure indeed. In addressing whether or not DBA or PHD programs at other institutions will accept your degree, absolutely yes! I don't know where some of the folks get their information but they are wrong. WGU is not for the weak minded nor the faint of heart if you need your hand held this place is not for you. In addressing the GPA issue and this I myself have issues with WGU states the student must demonstrate a B or better in every course to receive a pass folks a B in my many years of college experience is a 3.0 GPA I think that this is WGU biggest mistake and has pushed many perspective students to other institutions. Why! competition people I know I was a much better student than a 3.0 because I worked hard to perfect every paper and received top marks in every evaluation however I can't prove it nor can I show any perspective employer that I was an above average student, average student nor can I show I was only a poor student. I am not happy with this section of the WGU institution. The transcripts are not very helpful to any employer and in retrospect to one review when you proceed to apply for any state position that requires a graduate degree or to any teaching position or to any institution of higher learning for acceptance and you certainly you will see that your transcripts matter. I am happy and proud of my MBA from WGU I earned it. I would not however recommend this university to anyone who had a C average in a traditional college or to any one who can't self teach themselves and or have never attended any online classes. In closing and to come strait to the point, I believe if WGU makes some very necessary adjustments that it could truly be the college of tomorrow and the GPA / Transcript and the academic integrity issues should be at the top of their list.
Awesome university backed with amazing learning resources and best practices in education. I completed my MBA-IT management in 6 months of time. I must say it was tough, you need to spend a lot of time in analyzing the problem statement. But with the help of very proactive and supportive course mentors it becomes easy and your weaknesses start becoming you strength. I would always recommend this university to everyone.
I was skeptical at first, however I'm glad that I took the plunge and continued my education with WGU. I went into the program with an AA and finished in about 9 months. I put in lots of hours to finish in that amount of time. The coursework was not always the easiest and the only complaint I had was with one course, QUAT, which was not written well and had poor mentors, however in any school you will find those instructors that are not the best. This program is cost efficient compared to other programs and I really liked the fact that I didn't have to depend on others in a group setting to get a passing grade. I could complete the courses at my pace. If you are motivated and put the time in you can complete the degree a lot faster than you could at a traditional school. I'm in the process of enrolling in one of their Master programs. Would recommend to anyone that has the self discipline and motivation to get a degree without having to pay a fortunate or be tied to a group.
Ok people this is one of the most honest reviews about WGU that you are ever going to read. I started attending WGU with very high hopes, I wanted to advance in my career field and latter pursue a Doctorate degree. I enrolled in WGU after completing three undergraduate degrees from a regional campus at Ohio University. I could not continue my graduate degree at the time with OU because only a portion of the courses were offered online and it would have required me to move to the main campus 3 hrs away from where I live and that was not an option. I conducted comprehensive research into online schools and Phoenix and WGU's ratings were at the top and both were accredited both regionally and nationally. After further comprehensive research into ratings for both schools I chose WGU and was happy with my choice up until the end of my first year when the trouble began. I started having problems with financial analysis and decision analysis as these are two of the toughest courses in the program. I proceeded to reach out to my mentor repeatedly and received no response after repeated emails and calls (except on Thursday). I did not give up I proceeded to reach out to the course mentors repeatedly and received no response. I contacted student services and they asked me if I wanted to change mentors I said no I just want the man to return my calls when i need him to, just not on Thursday of every week but when I needed him. The student services adviser had no answers for me at all, he just said I will pass on this information to the program manager. Nothing ever came of it! I was determined not to give up so I enlisted the help of my boss who had experience in financial analysis and he pointed me in the right direction with websites and books that would help so in turn I passed Financial analysis. The Decision analysis class was a completely different story, why? because the course video was broken and the video had the content that I needed for the final task and again after contacting my mentor and the course mentor I received no help or responses at all. I had to go to an outside source again to get the help I needed and I passed the course. I was at that point shocked by the lack of any help or guidance in any of the courses. The question of is WGU a paper mill certainly not the program was super challenging however there no student support at all, I am really serious about this and it is a terrible calamity to students who are giving it all to succeed. I do not understand how or why WGU operates this way during my time with WGU I witnessed many many many students drop out because of this very thing. I liked WGU, I really did up until the point when they left me hanging out to dry with no life jacket. I have to continue because I really want perspective students to realize what they are getting themselves into by choosing this school. In my 3rd term my mentor actually failed to enroll me into a class even though it was listed on my COS, I did not find out until I submitted my first paper and the course mentor contacted me and said that I am not enrolled, my response was what are you talking about I have all the course information and COS listed in my courses, she replied you may have but he did not call me and enroll you! I was shocked it was 6 weeks into the program, i asked what do I do! she replied you will have to take it next semester I said no way I will not make SAP! she replied I can't help you contact student services. I said to myself here we go again! I contacted student services and again they asked me if i wanted a different mentor at this point I was very upset, I said no because what difference will it make! In short I didn't make SAP that semester and was set back in my program. I am a busy store manager and could only have time for so much and i was on track to graduate from this program in 2 years after this incident it did not happen. I still did not give up and pushed forward with anger and relentless determination, it actually felt as if this school did not want me to graduate at times. In lieu of WGU's efforts to hang me out to dry, I completed this degree in 2- 1/2 years of unbelievable research and writing with absolutely no guidance or help from my mentor or course mentors in any way people, they will let you fail!, hear me they will certainly with no doubt let you fail. Once I graduated I received my degree in the mail on a piece of printer paper that you could see through it contained two signatures, one from the president of WGU Robert Mendenhall and one from the ex two term Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer. In continuing I received two complimentary transcripts that were the poorest excuse for a transcript that I had ever seen, only the courses name people! with no course content description whatsoever! None! with pass next to it! Give that to a perspective employer people seriously LOL after receiving this degree and transcript I new I had been took out to dinner and left with the bill. In closing I have applied to WGU over two dozen times for undergrad course mentors and evaluator positions among some others like learning resource specialist and academic integrity specialist not once have I been contacted for an interview. I called WGU's human resource department to inquire as to why the positions that I had previously have applied for have not been filled and have been readded to the job board ,why have I not been called. The HR representative stated that those are ghost positions and we will take them off the website, he further stated I need to go knock on doors to find employment these days in this tough economy and he will keep my name on the hiring list. I continued to investigate WGU and carried out further research and I found out WGU will not hire their own graduates I wonder why that is WGU. People this school is the worse you will ever encounter and a majority of these reviews on here are from people paid to market for WGU, you want real facts check out WGU's graduation rates and it will speak for itself. Do not choose this school unless you have a life experience PHD in the field you are choosing because you will not receive any guidance or answers at all on any course. After graduating I was so frustrated with WGU I started researching the academic integrity of their coursework to prove to myself what I already suspected, as academic integrity goes pick any course from WGU and Google it you will find many so called tutors online who are former students who will be happy to sell you there papers and that's how these people are finishing these degree in months. After seeing this I am very pissed I worked my azz off for thirty months to graduate from this program. I am sorry WGU you just are not competent in running a Academic institution and I want my money back, when the class action lawsuit begins my name will be at the top of the list.
Western Governors University is an excellent institution. It allowed me to get my degree online, while still working full time, and do a good job of balancing both work and school. The program challenged me, and the professors were there every step of the way to give as much or as little help as I needed. Furthermore, WGU is affordable and I was able to finish my degree in less than a year!
WGU allows its students to work at their own pace. This is exceptional for the student that desires to accelerate and for the student that needs to take it slow. WGU also allows the student to use their life experience to gain competency in strong areas. I taught for 12 years at a christian school and decided to get my BA is Mathematics. I was able to "test out" of several classes and will be graduating with my BA in Mathematics and my teaching certificate in secondary math in under two years!! The student and class mentors were alway there to give assistance whenever I needed it, whether it was a word of encouragement or assistance with the curriculum.
I really enjoyed my WGU experience. The student mentors and course mentors are extremely helpful. I feel WGU is a perfect place for students who are self-starters and able to put at least 10 hours of work toward studying each week.
WGU made it possible for me to work full time, study for the degree I've dreamed of and still be able to take care of my family responsibilities. On top of all that, my school costs are way lower than a brick and mortar school and I have access to amazing mentors to help guide me through every course if needed and I can go at my pace.