Western Governors University Reviews
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Obtaining a BS in IT provided the open door to a federal job with the DoD. My performance at work and technical skills are much better than peers who graduated from highly ranked state and private brick/mortar universities. My salary more than doubled, and I've been promoted several times. My degree from WGU was 1/3 the cost of other schools I was looking at, and the online environment allowed me to work at my own pace.
In WGU a student will get out of the program only as much as they put in. I can work at my pace and achieve great things.
I just wanted to say that WGU has been a great experience for me. It has offered me a graduate program that is affordable and credited.I could never afford to get my MSN any other way, the cost will be twice as much at least. Yes, WGU is a lot of work. Yes, you will work on your own, but you have mentors and Capstone Evaluators who work with you and guide you along the way. You get exactly what you put into it. The program is very doable. It has helped me developed the ability to work independently. Yes, you will do a lot of writing, but if you follow the rubric for each course, you will succeed. I have finished my MSN in 13 months. I highly recommend WGU to everyone.
Currently I am in the BSN program and it's a total waste of time and money. The "course mentors" (teachers/instructors) are usually 20-30 something years old and have spent the majority of their short lives in degree programs with little to no work experience to have as a reference point. So far, it has been a disappointing experience dealing with a bunch of kids calling themselves "course mentors" that are masquerading as experienced RN's. I think I was expecting something much more out of this program than what was delivered. But since I'm already thousands of dollars in to this and no where else to go, I basically just need to hold my nose and finish this "program". The bigger issue is there is a real danger in the sense that most facilities are now buying in to the "requiring BSN's" nonsense. The danger is evident when these newly minted 20 something year old RN's with a "Masters" degree in nursing starts taking care of critical patients. I have witnessed more than one bad outcome from these young kids. The old proverb, knowledge does not equate to experience...........that applies here. It truly frightens me to know that this is the trend education is going. To have a bunch of kids teaching and they don't even have grey hair yet was laughable when I was in my 20's. When I was in my 20's and 30's you were selected by people who had a masters degree because they had truly mastered the field. When you received your masters degree it meant something to you because you had been recognized by other well respected people in the field as having matured and grown as an apprentice to have a skill set that was unique to a select few. With that skill set came a huge responsibility to your field and to the next generation. These young people have no idea of the impact this is having on the future of education and the next generation to come. When I see a these young people walking around hospitals with MSN on their name badge all I can do is shake my head and think of how cheap that word actually has become. With a computer, a pair of pajamas and money you to can become a "Master"
Like a lot of other aspects of life, a degree only matters when you don't have one. I was highly successful in the field of software development. At the peak of my career, I was earning over $21,000 per month. After I left school, I completed 2 years of a BSc in mathematics and computer science. Bored out of my mind, I dropped out to earn money. Earn money I did. I have worked at over 40 corporations worldwide. So why did I choose WGU? Well, at every interview I attended, I would have to overcompensate for not having completed a degree. In many instances I would beat out PhDs because I knew what the organisations wanted to accomplish and I would promise to do it in half the time they estimated for a project to be completed. I decided in 2005 that WGU made it possible for me to test out of all the examinations. At WGU, you are only required to show that you have mastered the competencies. There is no need to waste many hours at a brick and mortar institution. Being a software developer I chose to complete the degree in Computer Information Systems. I can tell you that the proctored assessments were not easy. Twice I had to retake assessments. The exams are set by non-WGU academic staff and graded externally. WGU is not for just anyone. You have to be exceptionally mature because the mentors are in general quite useless. If you are not able to learn independently and think critically, you will not do well at WGU. There is NO instruction. That's why it's so cost effective. This makes it very difficult for ordinary high school graduates to succeed at WGU. It is an institution targeted at mature learners. There is no hand holding of any kind. The mentors usually refer you to study materials and resources, but they are not qualified to give you any tutoring whatsoever. If you can't find information and study resources on your own, you will not succeed, because often the information given to you by the mentors is insufficient. Your level of English proficiency must be extremely high. WGU's entrance tests are not easy. I would recommend WGU to mature individuals. There may be the exceptional high school graduate who will succeed at WGU, but I have known lawyers, engineers and doctors, who have failed to complete their degrees at WGU. The real benefit is that you get to complete your degree as soon as you pass all the assessments and assignments. I do not think of WGU as a university, but rather as a para-academic body with a specific purpose of serving those in similar situations to mine. I am glad they are there! I would recommend WGU to any suitable candidate in a heartbeat. Do employers still express concerns over my degree status? Not any more. A degree only matters when you don't have one.
I am back in college after 20+ years. I attended college right out of high school, but wasn't sure the direction I wanted to go with my life, so took a long break. Now, with my experience as a substitute teacher, I decided to pursue a degree in education. I first completed my associate's degree at a local community college and then had plans to transfer to the university that they worked with. This is where the frustration began. This university was not helpful at all. I was on my own for scheduling as my advisor was not involved and did not seem interested in my goals. I was put into classes I didn't need or it was the wrong one. I was also not told about classes that were only available at certain times of the year. Very frustrating! I took both online and on campus classes through this school, but after 1 semester, I had enough and that is when I found Western Governor's University. Because of the problems with the university, a couple of classes did not transfer because they were wrong for my degree. I loved how WGU laid out my degree plan, class by class. I also liked how each class was taken individually instead of 4 or more classes going on a time. That was some different that I really enjoy. I can concentrate on one course and get through it. All of the classes are online... however, that doesn't mean I am on my own. There are so many resources available!! I have taken advantage of all of them and that really is the key. Each student has a "mentor" that calls every week. Now that I'm into it all, those morning calls are annoying, but I would rather have annoying contact than nothing at all (as was with the case with my last school). Each course has course mentors who are wonderful! There are usually 3-5 of them, so you can get a quick response. You can email or call and they will help you through any problem. The course mentors also offer webinars, cohorts, and even private sessions. The webinars are live or recorded depending on when you can make it. All of these options are just as good as any on campus instructor. I love that I can work at my own pace. At my previous schools, I would get bored waiting on the next assignment to be posted. The course mentors are not the ones that grade your performance based essays, but I find this to be good as different evaluators will grade you. This makes for a more real-world situation as you find what different people like. This can help you grow as a student. The only thing I don't like about this school, and I'm not sure how big of a deal it is, but there are no letter grades. All of the classes are pass or fail. I'm going into teaching and I did call DESE to speak to them about WGU to make sure everything was on the up and up. They gave it a thumbs up. Now, having said all of that, the type of person best suited for WGU is someone who is very organized and motivated. You can't procrastinate or get lazy about your course work. WGU makes it convenient for any schedule, but you still have to commit to it. You have to be pro-active and take charge of your studies. You have to be dedicated. Working in the field that interests you in some way, is also a big part of it. If you don't have that experience, WGU may be more difficult for you. You should also have prior college (classroom) experience. This would only help you be a better WGU student. College is the ticket to any degree. It's a process that you must go through, so finding the right college that fits your needs can make all the difference on whether you are able to complete your degree. Good luck to all and congratulations on pursuing your degree!!
I luv WGU. It gave me a chance to relieve my self. I have plenty of bounce checks and court bookings and bankrupcies but they do not care since they hired me anyhow and now I work in enrolments of studants and can get my class's on the cheap. I can do it all from the house too which's nice. I am planning to do some at work in batween calls too so I can get done early. This would be a good school if you are in prison due to the issue of not being able to go any where. I truey luv it and praise jesus for the chanceto relieve my self. It is cheap too. Check it out.
You MUST be motivated, that said, I love it. I started at UOP and wasn't impressed. I then transferred to Kaplan and hated it, completely useless. They recently changed the online testing company and it's made a world of difference. The old system was tedious, the new one is pretty close to perfect. While my mentor doesn't answer many technical questions, she has been amazing at directing me to exactly where I need to go for information or help. I completed 21 units this term so you can't beat the price either!
WGU is definitely geared towards those who have already had some college classes and/or have working in the real world for awhile. I would not recommend it to anyone who does not have any real world experience. The lack of having a GPA will quickly get you cut in the mix of job applicants if you do not have relevant experience. It should add the necessary "piece of paper" for those looking to advance in their career or with the current employer. It is self-paced so you can do a lot in one semester, save money and graduate in a reasonable amount of time. The things I have learned so far are definitely applicable to my career and hopefully my future. There are some hiccups though. As others have stated, the weekly calls with the so-called :mentor" are futile and annoying. They are definitely not a mentor in the true sense of the word. The competency-based grading system is confusing and annoying, and some tests can easily be passed without knowing much of anything. It is ironic because in one of the first classes I took, I learned that people will always work harder when a letter grade is at stake versus just passing or failing. So if I were a recruiter and knew this and saw someone from a reputable, competing university that had a good GPA, it would factor into my decision of who to hire. Additionally, it is almost impossible to transfer to another school or into an MBA program without letter grades which is a negative. The tests that are proctored via webcam are frustrating and annoying. I researched quite a few completely online schools and some brick and mortar schools that offer online degrees. None of them were perfect, including WGU, but it seems to be the best fit for me.
This program started out promising, but in the end......it is a diploma mill. The mentor process is annoying. You have to talk to this "cheerleader" every week. If you really need help, they can't help and refer you back to course mentors. Mine called on the wrong day, at the wrong time, and generally became one of the most annoying parts of my week. There is no option to not participate in these calls. The final project is a big joke.........it has nothing to do with skills at all. Students would be better served by doing a thesis type project. People defin. cheat at this school.......but staff do not want to hear about it, especially in the capstone part of the degree. I think this program had good intentions, grew too fast, and needs someone in charge who knows what they are doing. The mentor process should be optional once a student has shown they can do the work.