Western Governors University Reviews
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I feel it is important to give a review about your school. I have been attending WGU for about a year now. It is a love/hate situation. The staff at WGU as far as your designated mentor and admin staff are amazing. The instructors or course mentors are hit and miss. Some of them are awesome and some of them sucks. Proctored exams online were at first a nightmare. I have updated systems all with current OS's. I went and purchased an outdated Mac with an old OS just to take the OLP's through Kryterion.
They also offer on site through approved proctors if you prefer to drive. However its a pretty awesome way to take your exams once you have the right equipment. WGU even supplies you with a camera. The real nightmare will come when you deal with their (THIRD PARTY) paper grading system. TASKSTREAM. Just like snowflakes no two evaluators are the same. If you get a paper returned you may not get the same person that graded it the first time. It may be someone new. They may find new things wrong with your paper. Or they may even not read it at all and let it pass through. "Taskstream is like a box of chocolates. you never know what your gonna get."
They say they are one of the cheapest colleges. This is true they are one of the cheapest. There are other colleges that compete with their prices very well though. I wont list them here you will have to do your research. Google is your friend.
However you can test out of a lot of classes within your first week of receiving them. Either by studying real hard or by pure luck. There is a blog that talks about a guy who finished his whole degree in one term. I'm sure he had some transfer credits but it was still pretty unreal.
There are advantages and disadvantages to WGU. For me I'm transferring in a future term. I would like a little more interaction with my instructors and peers.
I love WGU! I completed my RN to BSN degree in 10 months and although I didn't plan to continuing on for a Master's degree, 5 months later I am now enrolled in their MSN program.
It is self-paced, and basically you get out of it what you put into it. I feel that I have definitely increased my knowledge base and have enhanced my professional development.
Several of my friends have also completed their BSN, or are currently enrolled. Great school, great mentors, and great price!
I previously graduated from a large well known brick and mortar state University a couple of decades ago- going the traditional route which some consider "real" college.
I went back to school at WGU to save both a ton of money and to take advantage of working on my second degree at my own pace without traveling to a crowded classroom environment.
For anyone who thinks that this online university is "easy", you are so wrong. I found the online curriculum and testing to be as difficult if not more difficult than my state university. Most importantly, you are forced to push yourself as there is no one standing over you holding your hand.
If you do not work well alone and are not self disciplined, online studies are probably not for you. WGU is a good online school and you will get a quality degree.
I would give WGU 3.5 stars out of 5. I recommend WGU mostly because of price. Many private colleges are not worth the price and other colleges will put professors part time or have graduate students teach you. WGU is a financially sound decision if you accelerate during the program. It can be a double edge sword financially if you fall behind, and take longer to finish your degree.
WGU's Business and IT program has won awards from the US Distance Learning Association. The Education school has not.
If you choose to study Mathematics Education at WGU there are some pros and cons.
Pro or Con- You will have to teach yourself. WGU will give you a textbook to read and a Math mentor who may point you to useful resources that you will have to self learn.
Con- Doesn't offer a discrete math course
Con- doesn't offer educational psychology class (Needed on some state teacher tests)
Con- You will write math essays that are scrutinized by an examiner meticulously and possibly repeatedly con- There are more effective online learning models than Pearson, which WGU uses. Example: Coursera and edX math classes.
Con- On your course of study guide to learning math, more resources should be provided or should supplement already existing programs. Example abstract algebra is already offered online for free at Harvard. Linear algebra is offered online for free at MIT. WGU should redesign the COS so WGU students could reach the level of learning by Harvard and MIT.
I still recommend WGU for the price, and its other programs.
I wouldn't recommend anyone to being a math teacher nowadays, too much hassle and drama.
I am absurdly frustrated in my career because I feel I did not learn anything at WGU. Is it cheap? Yes. Quick? Yes. Does it provide good education? NO! This school should not be allowed to continue open. It's a disgrace to colleges. I didn't take one class with one real teacher my whole degree. It's pathetic and I hate myself for doing this.
I graduated 4 years ago and am still making only 36K because I am unable to advance in my career & unfortunately I blame the cheap education I receive. All they want is your money.
As a currently enrolled student, since May 2012, I can attest to the legitimacy and validity of the coursework and ancillary help via course and student mentors.
I am currently enrolled in the IT Management program, which is part of the Business College and have enjoyed every aspect of this program and school since starting.
Yes, you have to be a self-starter, but for people in my position of having some college and wanting to finish up at an accelerated pace, this is the perfect format.
Not only are the costs extremely affordable (and I checked out a half-dozen or so alternative programs before deciding on WGU), but being able to learn at your own pace and apply already-learned experience to a class is well worth it.
For me this was a no-brainer, as I would only be able to take at most 3 classes in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting during a 3 to 4 month period. I have now completed 14 classes our of 23 (I transferred in 10 classes from previous college attendance) in less than a year. I should be able to finish within the next 9 months.
I would encourage anyone to give WGU a serious look. If you want a cost-effective education that allows you to capitalize on previous college and life/work experiences, then WGU may be just for you.
I did my undergrad at WGU and it has greatly helped my career. In addition to salary and title improvements within my IT community, my confidence and the respect from others in my office is obvious. My MBA education has already opened opportunities for future advancement that requires an MBA.
I'm currently finishing up my first term at WGU and I love it. I'm an extreme introvert so this is the school for me. I honestly hate to be bothered by professors or teachers and I have always learned by myself.
My mentor is so helpful and she's so sweet. My admissions process was a bit rocky but it hit it off great. I have all the help that I could imagine.
This school is NOT a scam. I swear that I'm an attendee at this moment. I am going for my bachelors in Accounting. I went to two other "in person" schools and they weren't for me. I'm not a mom, or an older adult, I'm 21 and just couldn't find my niche in a regular university. My father helped me find this school and I'm so glad that he did.
I love working at my advanced pace and I have learned so much. You HAVE to put in the effort to retain knowledge. You won't be spoon-fed at this school and that's what I absolutely love.
Like I said before, I love my mentor but the calls do get a bit annoying. I wish we only had to talk once a month because I'm just a really smart and really competent learner. I hope to earn my degree soon. I cannot wait to get into the workforce. It does help that my dad is a CFO if I have any questions about any class material.
I have been with WGU for almost a year now, this school fits well into my life. I do miss the social interaction of a brick and mortor school but with young kids and a job WGU is a better fit for my life. You do have to keep your motivated with help from a mentor and course mentors.
Any time I have reached out for help my mentors have provided whatever help I have needed. My mentor is a friend that sometimes pushes me but I believe she always has my best interest at heart. If you need the social interaction, or regular graded assignments to keep you on track this is not the school for you.
You must be self motivated since your passing of most courses depends on one test at the end of a class, and the courses with assignments can be a bit frustrating with a third party grading system. While WGU does have some faults overall I feel like I am getting the same level of education I was getting at a regular University at a fraction of the cost.
The program structure and course content is very good and it covers all aspects of the degree program. The mentors help and encouragement is very helpful! With little discipline and time management, everyone can earn the degree.