Western Governors University Reviews
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Maybe I see things a little different than some that's on here. This school is NOT for everyone. They do not hold your hand. They are not going to baby you into doing what you have invested your money (or loan) to do. I think it works for those who work and have other obligations that interfere with being in a brick and mortar. I have a great student mentor and course mentors. The forums are a big help as well. Not once have I encountered a situation where I was not able to speak to any mentors. They have been very personable. If you are looking for a place that follows behind you and keep staying on you then don't enroll. Because everything that you do (or don't) is on you. They are there to support and help you stay on track but excuses are not allowed.
I graduated from WGU in June of 2012. Before enrolling in WGU I completed an Associates Degree in Business Management from my local community college. I also had taken several courses at an expensive traditional school. Most of my credits transferred in. This helped to speed up the process. I found the course exam/final paper difficulty at WGU comparable to both the traditional school and the community college. However, there are no official classes or a professor explaining the subject matter chapter by chapter. This is not a traditional school with traditional courses. It is up to the student to seek out what he or she does not understand. I read the suggested material and did the suggested exercises. At one point, I was confused about a writing assignment and couldn't figure it out myself. I set up an appointment with their "writing center". A professional writing tutor gave a a great 1/2 hour session online in real time and over the phone. I figured out what I was doing wrong, and moved forward. At another point, I didn't understand a concept and I contacted the course mentor who helped me understand what I was stuck on. If you do not have good time management skills, are not self motivated, or procrastinate, this college is not for you. Six months after graduating, I went from a "job" at a small office to a "career" at a large company. I had the ability, experience, and the skill to get the career prior to WGU, but I just didn't have the ticket (the degree) to get my foot in the door. Thanks to WGU, I tripled my salary and walked away without debt. Not bad for a $3000 investment (that includes the digital textbooks). If you are considering WGU and you're looking for the "ticket" for the next step in your career; I highly advise you to take the leap. I wish I would have done it sooner.
I graduated from WGU last May,2013. I am satisfied with my degree from BSN to MSN. Nothing was given to me for free. I had two excellent student mentors who pushed me as well as encouraged me to do well which I did not experience in the traditional schools I attended. These two were great help for me in completing my tasks via taskstream. Those people/evaluator were also great. I can tell the future students that you cannot gallivant or take the assignments for granted or you will really fail. I had three years of not having fun, now i can compete with anybody because I have RN-MSN after my signature. Some nurses don't want to do anything to advance their career and feel sour when they see my signature. All I can say is "honey enroll yourself and try what i did and up to that point I am willing to listen and tell them if i can do it you can also do it!" Everything for me was difficult at WGU, I had a qualitative research as my last course, here the professor was great and she really tested me from the first day i told her i would like to get out in the community up until my dissertation. There were times I contemplated of dropping but my mentor was always there for me to cheer me up and told me "you can do it!" I just could not believe the negative publicity about WGU but take it from me nothing was handed to me for free, I literally worked hard to obtain my BSN to MSN degree. The last time I checked from the Pa Dept of Education, I am a graduate from a registered and accredited University. Thanks WGU.
This "School" is a joke, heck i wouldn't even call it a school. More like an accredited diploma mill. They boast how their tuition is "Only" 6000 year, well heck that's alot of money especially when all you're getting are correspondance courses not worht crap, and is only used as busy work. The so called assignments are a joke, the IT certifications, well all you have to do is study the free download braindump questions online and take the test. The capstone was a joke. All you have to do is make up about 10 pages of nonsence , submit it on taskstream, and i guarantee it will come back as a 'pass'. HAHA then you receive an email saying you've 'Graduated' and how will you like your name displayed on your fake diploma. I don't even list WGU on my resume. My Associates from a real college is sufficient. People laugh when they hear you've "Attended" WGU onlinej, what a quack of an institution. I received absolutely no education value with this bs program. Pissed away about 10K for nothing. The only good thing is that I can put down I have a 4 year degree on the yearly Census. Don't waste your money with this crap, attend a State University or even a for Profit instittuion. WGU boasts how they are a private not for profit, that's total BS. All they care about is taking your 6K every year and all you get are links to online study material. They don't even provide the damn books free only E Texts which are next to impossible to read, and a piece of crap T Shirt and coffee mug. Stay away from this nonsence and go out and get a real education. Check all the college catalogs out there and you'll never see WGU listed anywhere. This place is a joke.
I will be completly honest. WGU is NOT for everyone. If you're someone that needs to be reminded to do something, you're probably better off attending a brick and mortar school. I'm a bit lazy myself so one thing that's helped me so far has been my weekly meetings with my mentor. He makes me commit to certain task and holds me to it each week. The quality of what you're learning is solid. I've learned things in math, I had no clue how to complete before. I'm just about to complete one of the most complex papers I've ever written in my life. I'd say I've learned a great amount while enrolled at WGU. It's what you make of it. To those bashing the school, I'm sure if they'd look deeper into their situation they'd find that the school wasn't their issue.
I already have a BA and an Master's Degree ~ I enrolled in WGU to pursue a Post-Bacc Teacher Certification. However, given my experience with WGU, I would strongly warn against enrolling here for any degree or program. There is no genuine educational value in the 'tasks' that are required of students; just a series of 'hoops' to jump through, with a rubber-stamped 'passed' once you've completed them. The mentor program is really ridiculous; you are forced to converse with a mentor on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, but they offer no tangible advice or help. I think their existence just fills some accreditation requirement for WGU. Seriously, if you want to work in Education, you owe it to the students you will be teaching to get your degree from a school that will actually provide you with useful classes ~ this is NOT Western Governors University. Stay away!
I started school on June 1 and have made good progress through my courses. I am 28 years since my last college nursing course and even though I have lots of great experience, I am learning so much!! This way of finally getting my BSN is challenging mostly in part due to the technology, but I have been supported well by WGU's technical support. The course content up to this point has been stellar and the classes challenging. I was not sure I would be able to pass Statistics, but the course mentor goes above and beyond with his webinars, support and availability. Other nurses I work with have had to drop out of their online programs just because they could not pass their Statistics course. I really like the self paced part of this program and so appreciate not having a weekly deadline to submit "papers" like I know other courses make their students do. This is the perfect environment for learning.
I am a long term nurse who has avoided getting my bachelor's for far too long. This is the only course for me at this point.
I tell young nurses all the time, get your BSN now!! There are so many options to doing this, just get it done!!
WGU requires that you take the Praxis which is the test required to get certified in 1 term. Bad thing is they are completely spate and WGU has nothing to do with the test dates. The company who provides the tests is ETS and they have riduculously inadequate test options. For my program of Earth Science they offer the test Oct. 8, 9, and 10 for the entire Fall & Winter. This has made it impossible for me to test during my term and gives me an automatic not passed. WGU should not have requirements when they have nothing to do with the scheduling and should require the test be done before you are able to graduate like most certifications rather than setting you up to not pass a course. They have given me no option to take the course at another time when test dates are available so I cannot pass the course and will lose my good standing with financial aid. The mentors were completely misleading and decieving.
I would not because they set you up for failure.
Do not sign up for your teacher content course until ETS sets their test dates even if it makes you graduate late at least you canwill actually get a chance to take the test.
This school is a gift to the motivated, goal-oriented folks of the world. If you really love to learn and you're okay not sitting in a classroom, you can't beat the flexibility, the price, and the quality of material. I can't believe the people that say they didn't learn anything - that's insane. The point of competency based education is that you move fast (or skip) things you already know and slow down and learn the things you need to. Employers like hearing about this in an interview, and when you talk about your discipline, goal-setting, and time management of attending school while working you will demolish your competitors and get the job.
100% YES! I work full time and getting my MBA helped my career, I received an immediate raise and make over $35 an hour. I did it without debt and could push forward and accelerate courses.
WGU is designed to fit around real-world competencies. You have to find the answer yourself and there isn't a lot of hand-holding, which is just like what the workplace is like. That said, the Course Mentors and resources are incredible and I'm very pleased with the quality of instruction. Give this amazing place a chance and you'll know you aren't "just a number", but that they want you to succeed.
I started my college career at a traditional 4 year university. My experience there was the typical college experience and I'm glad I have those memories. However, I married a military man and had to move before I graduated. That's what led me to WGU. I completed my undergraduate in elementary education and had a wonderful semester of student teaching. I am now a teacher in a large and competitive school district. Additionally, I am two classes away from receiving my master degree in education from, none other than, Western Governors University. I have had phenomenal support from the mentors and all the staff I have had interactions with (financial aid, course mentors, etc.). I am so happy that I found this school! Future students; WGU is writing intensive, yes, that means you write a lot of papers and do a lot of research. Plus, you have to be able to discipline yourself. There is no teacher begging for homework. However, you will have a great, friendly, and supportive mentor that will become like family. We love and hate our family right? Just kidding...the mentors motivate you and hold you accountable. I couldn't have graduated without mine! Bottom-line: Great school! Great staff! I regret nothing!