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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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This university is truly one of its kind. It allows you to take as much courses as you like within the 6-month term. A lot of people believe that online schools like Western Governors University is easier than your traditional colleges but in reality it is not. I think online schools like WGU is just as good or better than a traditional schools. You really have to learn and demonstrate your knowledge before you pass the course. A traditional school charges their students for the hours they put in the class, WGU measures the students knowledge and understanding by a competency-based approach. In addition, most traditional schools test their students by written exams, WGU makes their students not only read the materials, but also do performance based tests as well as objective assessments. Not only does WGU makes you learn the materials but you also have to do modules and other reports before you pass the course. The passing score is usually higher than your traditional colleges and universities. Another factor that I like about WGU is that you really need to not only memorize the materials but you need to demonstrate that you truly understand the course. It has been shown and proven that students once they obtain their degrees from WGU have a higher success rate with their employers than a traditional college. There was a survey done by the worlds leading companies said that over 90% of the students who obtained their degrees from WGU exceeded their expectations. WGU only makes you take courses that pertains to your major not like at a traditional school which makes you take a lot of unnecessary courses. I also like that WGU is well accredited by regionally and nationally institutions which makes the degree well accepted. I like that I can pretty much go to any school in the United States and be accepted without worrying about the validity of its accreditation. I wish other schools were like WGU because their tuition and fees are extremely low and reasonable. It is pretty depression to attend a traditional college or university with huge tuition fees in which prohibits or puts a lot of burden on that student who wants to attend that particular school. I also like that WGU professors all hold a Ph.d in their field so the quality of their teaching is evident. WGU is continuously growing at an alarming rate. WGU currently has over 50,000+ students and counting. WGU is fair better and more respected than over other online schools like University of Phoenix or University of Kaplan to name a few. WGU is not here to put burden on their students futures like other online or traditional colleges and universities.

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Mike - about 1 month ago

What's your take on WGU changing program courses often and it affecting established students?

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Anatoly Denisov - about 1 month ago

As long you start your program the school will not change or add additional courses as long as you do those courses first before the change takes effect. If you take a term break then you would have to take additional added courses if it is applicable to your major. I do like that they are adding more degrees to their program but as I stated before if you complete or take those current or upcoming courses before the change takes affect than you should not need to worry. I hope this helps you.

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Degree: Nursing Science
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am in my first term of the MSN-Education program ay WGU. So far, I have nothing but great things to say about the school. My student mentor is terrific and financial aid has been outstanding. The program is not easy, the courses include exams along with multiple page papers to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject area. I LOVE that the school is regionally accredited and affordable. All books and other resources needed for your courses are included in the cost of tuition making WGU a great choice for motivated students. If you are one to procrastinate - WGU is not for you. You need to be highly motivated and be willing to dedicate 15-20 hours a week toward your school work. It is not impossible, but it is challenging. Lastly - In the job interview I had for my current position, the DON immediately asked me about the MSN in progress at WGU on my resume. We discussed the program briefly and I was offered the position on the spot with no experience in this area of nursing.

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Brenda - 22 days ago

This is encouraging. I am interested in pursuing the same degree, having just finished the BSN program at University of Phoenix. I found U of P to be very frustrating with the learning team assignments. I am very independent and I want my grade to reflect my work, not somebody else's who is satisfied with a C grade. I am leaning more and more toward going to WGU for my masters. It is nice to read reviews like this from nurses who are in the program.

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Degree: Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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After failing at a completed degree the first time around, WGU gave me a chance to try again. The online experience is flexible and very much at your own pace. Great for Working, single parents. You also have mentors to help you set goals and achieve them through accountability. I would recommend Western Governors University to anyone trying to accomplish their dream of a degree while still having room for whatever life may present to you! You can do it!

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JC - 18 days ago

I am considering WGU for the same type of degree program. Have you completed yours? How long did it take? Have you been at WGU very long?

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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2013
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I came across this website and have read many of the reviews posted being a recent graduate from WGU I felt a need to post a very insightful review for perspective students. WGU is an excellent school for those who are mature, self disciplined and can self teach. If by any means you believe that you are unable to do then by all means do not consider attending WGU. I started my MBA with WGU with six prior years of college already on my resume to include many online classes so in turn I knew what to expect. I will now post a rebuttal to some of the negative comments that I have reviewed on here down playing WGU. I will first say can all of you who say there is no letter grades associated with WGU - I must ask can you read? - I have my transcript in my hand if you really have attended this university and have a transcript would you please look on the back of the transcript where it critiques WGU's Grading System - And I Quote ( Transcripts include 5 possible Marks - Pass: Certifies successful completion of a course of study. The student has demonstrated the required competencies by passing the final assessment with a grade equivalent of B or better or 3.0 grade points on a 4.0 scale.) Next all of you who say WGU's degrees are not acceptable one again can you read? And I Quote (Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council) This is one of the six accredited agencies for every college institution in the nation. This validates that WGU'S degrees are most certainly acceptable for any degree related advanced terminal degrees at other accredited colleges. I will conclude by saying that WGU is most certainly a reputable institution for anyone who wants to earn a degree and not just have it handed to them. The courses in the MBA program are challenging however if you apply yourself you will succeed. If not for WGU I would have not been able to afford nor relocate to another institution for my Masters and I am thankful to WGU for providing me a way to finish my graduate degree on my own time at an affordable cost. It frankly insults me to read reviews stating lies and misconceptions based upon other peoples failings because they could not cut it at WGU.

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Vanessa Molden - about 1 month ago

Big Mike, Impressive rebuttal. I would be interested to know are you working in your field and how long did it take you to get employment?

General Education courses hold this school back.
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 0000
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Normally, colleges will tell you that you have to select a Science course, a Math course, an Arts course, etc. and then provide you a list from each category. You can then choose the specific course that either most closely aligns with what you want to do or is just more your speed. For example, I do better at Chemistry than Biology simply because my chosen course of study has nothing to do with the human body or plants or anything like that. If I were going into medicine I might prefer Biology over Geology, and so on. WGU doesn't allow you this type of choice. The program is given assumptive courses from the categories, often not making any sense. I had two Biology courses in an IT program. Why? What's more, I had 6 total Science courses, 4 Math courses, three English courses - unlike other schools where you only have one of each. There weren't enough courses around my desired course of study (IT!) The pacing of it all and the competency-based model are fine. But the handling of the GE courses is just poor all around.

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Mike Anselmi - about 1 month ago

I also have the same complaint. It is the reason why it took me over a decade to earn my Bachelor's. College is expensive and is insulting bordering on fraudulent that to earn a Bachelor's you have to take and PAY for courses that are irrelevant to our career goals. I sometimes call Bachelor's - Bull Shite degrees. You have to go through 2 years of bull shite to actually learn what you are paying for. However, to be fair, most universities have this policy. I feel your annoyance.

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Charles - about 1 month ago

That goes for literally any college. Go take a Look at say Virginia Tech's cirriculum and you will find the same thing. To get an engineering degree, I took 4 sciences (3 chems 1 bio) an art class, 2 english classes, history, and a bunch of other crap. This should not be a complaint to WGU but a complaint to the entire college system

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ReVeLaTeD - about 1 month ago

To Charles: While GE is a standard across universities, the inability to select WHICH GE course you're taking is not.

In regular universities, you're given a list of 10 or so and asked to choose 2 or 3 that you want to take. I'm fine with that - even though I think GE is stupid, I'd at least like to have the choice of which GE courses I take.

WGU does NOT allow you to pick the specific GE courses you take. They're chosen for you regardless of you not wanting them for one reason or another.

Again, take science. I would never pick a Biology course when going through an IT program. I would, however, pick a Chemistry course because it at least indirectly applies. I might pick a Geology course if for no other reason than to understand the minerals used in hardware. I might pick an entry level Physics course to round it out.

The issue that I'm expressing here is that WGU allows you no choice of *which* GE courses you take with your program. Seems a lot of people who read my review didn't understand what I was trying to say.

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Andrea - about 1 month ago

Choices cost money. They keep costs down by having predetermined classes. This school is less than half per year what state schools in my area are.

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ReVeLaTeD - about 1 month ago

To Andrea: I find that statement funny given Bellevue University is roughly the same cost yet has the choices I talk about. Same model, except choice.

Another local school that is setting up a similar program to WGU interviewed me about my experience and actually laughed when I told them about WGU's GE program.

The reason WGU has limited the choice has nothing to do with cost, it has everything to do with speed of processing students at the expense of quality.

Nobody's questioning a certain level of GE, but at least if you're going to cherry pick the courses, make them applicable to the course of study. Why is that a bad thing?

WGU RN to BSN Program
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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RN to BSN program was perfect for full tim working mom of two. It was challenging and by no means easy, but it was very flexable and go at your own pace. I finished my BSN in 13 months.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Affordable, flexible, self-paced, accredited, perfect university for working adults looking to further their education!

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Timothy Dalhart - 2 months ago

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Degree: Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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After obtaining a BS Business Human Resourcemanagement - it has opened my career up to other opportunities. In addition the certifications are highly regarded by employers. I liked it so much Iam back at WGU for the MBA program.

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Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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BACKGROUND: Previously attended two nationally ranked highly recognized traditional state universities as a full-time on-campus student. Initially concerned about attending any on-line school due to being uncertain about quality of education. Now attending WGU as on-line undergraduate business student. WGU MODEL: Business program at WGU is top notch and easily competes with quality of education from traditional business programs. WGU online model is centered on student demonstrating competency in their field of study by completing online objective assessment / exam for each course. Student completes online objective assessment while being monitored live by a third-party proctor via web cam with audio. WGU KEY STRENGTHS: 1) Students are required to complete minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and pay only a single flat rate regardless of how many more additional courses are completed within the semester - in other words, once student has successfully completed the objective assessment / exam they can jump right into completing another course within the same semester for no additional cost! 2) There's no required homework - seriously! Students are given the material and resources needed to prepare for completing the objective exam / assessment and are given the freedom to self-determine what learning strategy / schedule best fits their needs. Another way to think about is, WGU doesn't worry about assigning homework because at the end of the day it's up to the student to prove they know the material by successfully completing the objective exam. 3) WGU gives each student a specific mentor to provide regular guidance and support (sometimes includes a needed kick in the butt), and the same person (mentor) stays with the student throughout their entire degree program. Mentor is someone who is also a professional within the student's chosen field - typically has at least MBA in addition to having real world experience. 4) WGU is cheap compared to other 4 year accredited universities (full time student typically pays $3,000 per semester). Overall WGU provides high quality education, provides the student greater flexibility on scheduling, and is cheaper than most other 4 year accredited universities. Would highly recommend Western Governors University to anyone. Overall

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Degree: English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Graduation Year: 2006
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I went to this school believing all the reviews about how a higher level degree would aid a person in obtaining a better position, as well as how much the school actually instructs their students. Every review was 100% wrong! The mentors at this school, and I use the term loosely, do not interact with the students on a level consistent with real learning. They are there to answer questions (if they ever respond at all) and collect a pay check - nothing more! Upon obtaining my degree, I found that it was useless, because all the educational institutions I submitted applications to disavowed my higher degree due to the fact that it was obtained via an online institution and not a true brick-and-mortar type. When I contacted Western Governors about this they replied with the following statement - "Our institution cannot be responsible for the assessment process of other businesses, be they educational or private." With that, I deduced that Western Governors University is not in the business of educating people. They are there to make money - another for-profit pseudo-educational business - nothing more! My advice is to steer clear of this place, as well as every other for-profit higher educational system and look for the traditional learning establishment. You and your career will be better for it!

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Brenda Redinger - 3 months ago

There are so many online learning programs that are utilized that I doubt an employer would disregard a degree earned at such an institution. I am completing my bachelors degree at the University of Phoenix online and I intend to pursue a masters at WGU. For a person like myself who is self-motivated this is a perfect fit. U of P requires posting comments so many days a week, which to me is just busy work. They also require team assignments which are a complete waste of time. I really appreciate the program WGU has which is self-directed.

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Boru1953 - 3 months ago

Brenda,

I agree with you regarding University of Phoenix and their method of teaching. U of P is one of those schools that is truly a waste of time, for they are there to make money - not educate students!

Having said that, self-directed learning is a wonderful thing, but interacting with oneself does not further your learning on all levels and in many diversified ways. The best and truest form of the educational process demands interaction with others (not U of P's idea of education), which allows one to express him or herself in the company of other students.

When a person utilizes self-learning as his or her only mode of education, he or she tends to overlook those areas that are either too difficult or uninteresting. Therefore, his or her education is lacking. Interaction, in the Socratic sense, does not allow this to happen.

WGU is "not" a Socratic institution of learning and cannot be hailed in any sense as a real educational institution!

Regardless, I wish you well with all your educational pursuits!

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Brenda - 3 months ago

I do not believe that it is necessary to interact with others in order to learn. As far as overlooking those areas that are too difficult or uninteresting, how could this be when there are educational requirements? If I had it my way, I would never take a math class. However, this is a requirement for a bachelors degree (it was for me anyway). Also, I am in no way saying that U of P is a complete waste of time. I am just saying that for me, team assignments served no purpose other than to drive me crazy because there are so many lazy people out there who will just let others do all the work. I can and have, learned much from reading books on my own and writing research papers. I do not need to interact with other people in an educational environment. I am going to school for a higher degree in nursing and I work with doctors who teach me so much everyday. If I need to interact with people and learn more, I can do it at work. This is why WGU is great for people who are already working and want to further their careers.

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Boru1953 - 3 months ago

Brenda,

If you believe that WGU and the University of Phoenix has been of value to you, then Brava! I wish you well on your life's journey. However, thousands upon thousands of people do not believe so, nor have they benefited from either institution. This is precisely because the vast majority of people do not learn properly from self-directed learning. Learning demands guidance and neither WGU nor University of Phoenix does so.

Most people require interaction in order to make their learning complete. You have stated that you learn from the doctors you interact with "everyday," which proves that you need interaction in order to make your learning complete. Without it, your WGU experience would be much less satisfying, albeit incomplete. I am positive that you get more instruction/learning from your medical colleagues than you receive from your self-directed learning.

No matter how you feel, the educational field demands the Socratic approach to learning and teaching. Without it, the student, whether the self-directed type or the vast majority of learners who require interaction, will learn less and quite possibly incorrectly. This has been proven time and time again in every true institution of learning, whether on the elementary, secondary, or higher level of learning, from the pre-school environment to the halls of Oxford University.

And some food for thought, those "educational requirements" you speak of - they are modified for the self-directed learner. The demands are lessened because of the lack of student interaction in the virtual learning environment. I know full well of whence I speak, for I have been directly privy to the creation of several of them at the University of Phoenix (as well as other online learning institutions), having been one of their instructions for a short period of time. I left because of those lackluster requirements! I did not wish to associate further with a company that cared naught for its students, but for the money it seized from them!

In closing, I do not wish to continue this inconsequential conversation, as you seem to be pleased with your education and would, I am sure, argue this ad infinitum.

I wish you well!

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Michael Anselmi - 3 months ago

Your posts has some valid points that I feel need to be represented in a more objective fashion.

1. WGU is a Not for Profit school.

2. WGU is accredited by the same institutions that the most prestigious schools are.

3. WGU degrees may or may not be as accepted at traditional brick and mortar schools. I don't have any real info on this. Remember that WGU is a fairly new school that threatens to undermine traditional universities. It is to their interest to cast aspersions as to the quality and/or validity of a WGU education. All other sources indicate that WGU provides a quality education, specially taking into consideration cost.

4. I would recommend WGU only for the following demographic: 30+ year old independent learners. If you expect a lot of hand holding, WGU is NOT for you.

5. I have attended WGU and other universities. WGU compares very favorably with other reputable universities. For me, it rates number 1 when factoring cost and convenience. No other university that I'm familiar with comes close.

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Brenda - 3 months ago

This is why online learning is for people who have JOBS and interact with other people on a regular basis! I have learned a lot in my self-directed classes, and I continue to learn. I do a lot of self-directed learning in my career. When I study for certification exams I do not have an instructor holding my hand, nor am I interacting with other people. I am told what I need to study, what is required of me to know a nurse in a particular field, and I study the material. My father was a self-directed learner and became extremely proficient in mathematics this way. An intelligent person does not require constant interaction with others in order to learn.

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Jonathan Harrison - 3 months ago

I am currently attending the school for an MBA certification. My background is Bachelors in Chemistry, Bachelors in Creative Writing with a minor in history from Texas A&M University.

I would still give my experience a toss up to WGU. Unlike a lot of the comments, I agree with the type of learning WGU offers. Self-taught learning is the way most adults learn due to our own hubris...it simply takes a level of dedication and drive. In fact, although I am sure not all WGU mentor's are created equal, I have had fair relationships with mine during my stint. I engaged more with the mentor than I ever did with a TA or professor at TAMU during my 5 years and 2 degrees.

Regardless, you have to look at what the individual seeks to get form this university. I would not recommend in any shape or form, using this university as the primary source of undergraduate education without significant career focused backing i.e. company paying for education or offering promotion. As someone who is now hiring people with more education than I currently possess, it more about the work experience than where they went to college. So for the people expecting to get a job simply because of an education, this is not the 70s...everyone has a degree now-a-days.

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JoAnne - 3 months ago

I went to WGU. I graduated from the RN, BSN program in 2014. I can tell you my education at WGU was top notch. All my classmates have landed great jobs right out of school. This would be my third degree. The first to were in brick and mortar schools. I can tell you I learn so much more from WGU then any other school. I was confident in the studies that I scheduled the NCLEX as soon as they would let me. I passed the first time!!!! Now I have a great job. This type of school is not for everyone. I did have lots of hands on experience. As a matter of fact I did more then most students. All the hospitals I did my rotation were more then happy to take me. I don't regret my experiences at WGU. I'm happy I went through them.

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Jeffrey - 3 months ago

WGU has great programs for adults who are willing to work. It is not a for-profit university; it is a not-for-profit, with state support from many different states. It requires a lot of work, but there are student mentors for each student and a course mentor for every course. They will meet with you every week at a minimum and more often if you wish. Additionally, there is a Student Service Center, librarians, a Student Success Committee and lots of IT support. You can pick up the phone at almost any time and get help if you wish; there is online help as well. Now they even have student cohorts for those who wish to have even more interaction with the faculty.

The best part is the lack of busy work and ridiculous group assignments. You are only tested on the competencies of the course, not "homework" assignments. Most of the students who fail do not realize this is a real degree and requires real time and effort on their part.

Full disclosure: I am both an employee and a student at WGU. I am not an official representative of the school and my comments are my own opinion, not that of the school.

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Lynda Marroletti - about 1 month ago

I am completing my first semester at WGU in their RN to MSN program. I have attended "brick and mortar" colleges and have one online degree. I found the registration personnel very informative and were straight forward about the fact that this type of learning is for a specific type of student. You can not get distracted in this program. I have found my mentor to give me just the right amount of feedback and push when I needed it.

The employer that did not respect on line programs probably has a degree from a traditional university and unless you have attended an online program you do not understand how good the quality of education you can receive. Just keep looking. BTW this is a non-profit school. That is why the tuition is so low. Compare it to the tuition for profit on line programs it is a third of the cost.

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