Western Governors University Reviews
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The WGU Information Security and Assurance program is excellent. When I started the program, I already had 15 years of experience and was gainfully employed in the IT industry. Even with all of my experience, I was very happy to learn many new things from WGU's program. The subject matter was directly relevant to my work. The industry certifications were rigorous and challenging. My colleagues at work were impressed with the subject matter. The information security and assurance program at WGU is the perfect blend of hands-on work and big-picture work.
I think WGU is an amazing school with great helpful staff and teachers. I was horrible in algebra until I spent months working with one teacher. She walked me through it never let me accept not having the right answers. WGU is a online school if you aren't self disciplined don't try it, its not easy, but its worth it. I am graduating at the end of the month and already have a job.
So after reading TONS of reviews about WGU (considering for my MBA) I decided since I just completed my degree that I should jump in. I work in HR, currently holding a VP role at my company. I had completed 4 years of college coursework in various fields prior to coming to WGU but when I got into HR I had nothing specific to that field. I transferred in as many credits as possible. At first, it was an adjustment for me to get used to having weekly calls with my mentor. I can tell you that those calls are the reason I made it through. Not all mentors and students will mesh. I had to request a change to a new one shortly after starting. This school will NOT be for you if you are not a self starter. If you are not someone who will get motivated to get the course work and studying done without someone pressuring you, this will NOT be the place to go. It took me several years due to my hectic schedule, but I just finally finished my Bachelor's degree. I can say without hesitation, that the work that WGU makes you do, in most cases, is significantly harder than that I was asked to do at Community Colleges or other Universities that I have attended. There are no cake walk courses that you can just breeze through. You have to work hard. I am proud to say I got my degree at WGU and I'm proud to say I save a fortune over what others pay. Almost all of the negative reviews point towards the same thing. Either a poor mentor (request a new one) or someone isn't cut out for self study courses. If you need help, there ARE people there to help. YOU have to do the work.
Great school, highly recommended! I got a job teaching 1 month after graduating. The courses are tough, and require a lot of time and effort. But it is totally worthwhile. The mentors are there to not only guide you through the program, but act as cheerleaders as well, encouraging you to do your best. I am back at WGU to obtain a Master's degree. Great school for working adults!
This is a fantastic program for students who enjoy working on their own and accelerating as desired. I received my Associates at a brick & mortar school and was chomping at the bit because the pace was incredibly slow. After working all day, it is hard to sit in a classroom and actually learn. The pass/fail is fine if you understand that in order to pass, it's actually a B average. A potential employer could care less what grade you passed college with! These courses are difficult and challenging - not a walk in the park. The beauty of this is that you can take a pre-test before starting the course so that you don't waste time studying parts of the course that you may already be knowledgeable in. Tools are provided to help you along, the course mentors are there if and when you need them. I finished up my Bachelor's in Accounting and am now working on my Masters with this school. I would recommend this school to anyone who can apply themselves without having their hand held the entire time.
It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.
The program is tough but well worth it in the end. You get a lot of certifications that help advance your career. Do not let anyone tell you that certifications do not matter. They do in the IT world. WGU incorporating them into the programs are great. The weekly phone calls with your program mentor can be annoying if you are an advanced learner but if you procrastinate or feel you are getting behind, they can be a real asset. I have graduated with my BSIT and now reenrolled for my MSIT - ISA degree with them. The course mentors are great but I feel email and phone contact should be exteneded to maybe a webex type of interaction. WGU learning is more solo work so if you like working in group type events, this might not be for you.
Not what it use to be....I earned my BA and was satisfied back then but not anymore. I have wasted time and money trying to get a Master's Degree. When you have a questions they just bounce you around from person to person. In addition the course work does not benefit you with actual teaching. Don't waste your time and money, go somewhere else. I am seeing about transferring credits now!
Aloha, I currently live on the island of Maui and after attending University of Hawaii for a few semesters I realized that I wanted to attend an online based education. I started this journey at Argosy University Online which was a joke and took a break for a couple months and then extensive research I found Western Governers University. Their enrollment department counselor M.G. was very informative and courteous in helping in my enrollment and am looking forward to finishing up my Bachelors degree in Business Management under this degree plan. -B.
WGU is not for everyone, but it has been exceptional for me. I have spent 30 years in my field, and so I have moved quickly through the program. It will not take me a full year to complete my degree. I have not "coasted" and there are no gifts. It is a challenging program. The biggest weakness is their math department. Their Algebra course make me consider quitting, it was so awful! But the rest of the courses have been great. I have learned some more advanced concepts in subjects I already know, and don't have to waste time and money on concepts I already know intimately. A coworker just today was ranting about a for profit school that cost her $65,000. THAT is a scam. WGU will cost me $3-6000 and I will have a better education. WGU is a PUBLIC university, it is non-profit. They have nothing to gain by scamming people, or being a "degree mill". But WGU really is not for everyone. It takes a lot of self direction, and a certain ability to put the pieces together on your own. Mentors are there to assist you, but often they refer a student back to the relevant material first, and will tutor a student after a second request. Not everyone will succeed at WGU, it is different, know that fact going in. WGU has been a perfect fit for me. I have found it just as challenging as traditional schools I attended, without all the bull, or expense.