Western Governors University Reviews
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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.
Having attended both traditional brick and mortar college to obtain my AS and now WGU for my BS I can say WGU does a great job of preparing students for the real world. At work I do not have the option to have someone walk me through problem solving. When I have a project or issue I have to find the answer quickly and put the information together in a package that will be easily understood and accepted. The is classes at WGU prepare students for this type of work. No one is going to hold your hand and tell you how it should be. The information is presented to you and it is up to you to decipher and interpret it. My degree has filled in the gaps of my experience and education and made me a much more rounded individual. I use some of my new skills on a daily basis. I highly recommend WGU to anyone who is motivated and disciplined.
After finishing my degree program in March of this year, and waiting to write a review of WGU after a few months, I can honestly give the closest to an objective review of my experience here I can. I found the almost the entire program to an experience that was frustrating and torturous! This university's program is basically for people who are working or, perhaps, not really ready for the full university experience. I'm a reasonably intelligent person and found this education with "training wheels" limited and stultifying. While in community college, I discovered that I had a knack for writing. Almost every paper I received after grading were marked with comments of: "well written", "good research", and "interesting perspective." I love writing so much that I even took three journalism classes and wrote for the school paper. That love of writing was nearly ruined by WGU and the inane writing style you must adopt to pass papers and classes. This is done because all papers are graded by a third party and not by any kind of instructor. The people who grade your paper are looking for key words and phrases and not the serious content of your paper. I found out that I had to devolve my writing style to the ninth grade high school level and fill my papers with bulleted points and simple sentences made to be scanned easily by some disinterested person sitting six states away from me. I call this "assembly line" writing and it very nearly bored me to tears. And then there's the reading, there is so much duplication, I wonder if the people who decide what you read has actually read what they want you to read. For more than one class I had to read as much as twenty chapters from two books to prepare for a test. I have no problem with reading, but when there are five overlapping chapters between the two books. I certainly would have gotten through the reading quicker if I were not reading several duplicated chapters of information presented slightly differently. Lastly, the people in the Financial Aid office are only slightly nicer SEPTA train conductor or the Einsatzgruppen!
Great staff who are there to help in any possible. It helps to be self-motivated but they motivate you as well. I loved my program & I really miss it after graduating.