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Western Governors University
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
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A great eduacation at a school that supports yo...
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am so appreciative of WGU I have been through so much in life and no matter what my mentor was there for me, the school really has helped me through all my trails and tribulations and I am a true believer that with people that are there to help in school you will succeed , there were times where I wanted to give up but I stat strong with the help of WGU and their entire staff , they are truly a blessing to me because they offer so many tools to help you get closer to your dreams and its up to you as a individual to put forth an effort to work hard study and use what they give you and believe me you will pass you will get through it and they will always try their best to accommodate you in anything you need , from counseling, to job seeking to guidance and I have come so far with them. I learn I am a online school student. Put the work in and you will get out what you need. WGU is a awesome school and the care whether to do well.

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Working Adults WGU is for You!
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Degree: Nursing Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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WGU Indiana has thought of the whole picture for working adults. Books, links, libraries, etc are all at your finger tips. No hidden costs. Student mentor for you through the whole program. Course Mentor for each course. 24/7 Tech support and many more venues for every student. Career center and resume assistance for those near graduation. Very personable. You are definitely not a student number you are recognized as a student, by your Name! I completed 2 degrees with WGU Indiana (BSN and MSN)! I would love to work for them someday!

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Degree: Mathematics, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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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.

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WGU, a great online school option!
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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Western Governors University is an online university that was created by 19 Governors from the United States in order to provide a high quality education, online, for a reasonable cost. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and the Inter-Regional Accrediting Committee. This means that I can get my business degree from WGU and then choose to attend any other university (maybe law school, graduate school, etc.) in many different states and my degree and classes will transfer. I have so far enjoyed working with WGU, they provide both course mentors (like instructors) that are experts in the field they are teaching and mentoring in, as well as student mentors that help you with the overall program and any issues you may have. The mentors are all easy to get in touch with, the classes are challenging but not impossible, the quality of the material is very good and not put-you-to-sleep boring. You can go at your own pace, often taking an assessment (for those classes with tests instead of assignments) to see where you are in any given subject and then challenge the course to move on if you already know the material. The tuition is much less expensive than other online universities ($3000 every 6 months, go at your own pace) vs. the $40k+ I was quoted at two other online universities. I have enjoyed my time at WGU over the past year and highly recommend it to anyone in search of a quality online education that lets you go as fast or as slow as you need and that utilizes social community groups, Facebook groups, and other areas to allow their students to talk and advise one another.

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Increased competency
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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WGU's MBA program is competency based and focuses on preparing students with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete their program of study. The student and course mentors provided individual time and attention to fits my needs and concerns.

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Learned a lot.
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Degree: Mathematics and Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2013
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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.

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I Highly Recommend WGU
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2012
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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.

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Proceed with Caution
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
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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)

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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013
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To prospective students considering Western Governors University (WGU), I hope that my review provides an objective view to assist with your decision. Western Governors University is a higher education innovator that focuses on post-secondary education for working adults and prospective college students with prior credits but no degree completion. The competency based education is the new model of higher education for the 21st Century, as it addresses the higher demand for higher education while simultaneously addressing the problem of rising tuition. If you are a working professional who is truly disciplined and an independent learner, that needs a regionally accredited degree in a format that allows for ultimate flexibility and degree acquisition cost control, I would consider WGU. Many working professionals, myself included, came to WGU with a career outline already in place and just needed to "check off the box" in terms of having high quality regionally accredited degrees on our Resumes, LinkedIn profiles, Biographies, etc. A degree from WGU is of efficient quality considering their regional accreditation, numerous awards, quality marketplace reputation, association with over 19 State Governors, and mirrored State Institutions in Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Not to mention, attending WGU allows you to take part in competency based education which from the news media to the White House all agree, is the future of higher education as a whole in America.

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MST Director MSN RN
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Degree: Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Graduation Year: 2014
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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.

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