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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.

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Rob - 3 months ago

So it's the University's fault you haven't got the job you wanted? You never stated that the reason was the name of the college you went to. Nor is it the school's fault that you have student loans, that was your choice. And for that matter, if you did go to a regular brick/motar school, you loan bills would be a lot higher.

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Well Rob, that was my experience with WGU, not yours or anybody else's. There is a certain expectation one has when they pay for an education, such as "getting a job in the field". I have never had a problem getting a job in any field I have ever worked in, which has ranged from installing propulsion units on trains to working as an orthopedic tech in a hospital, so yes, I do have expectations of better opportunities when I pay for an education. If you don't understand that, its fine, but keep your response to yourself. You sound like a WGU employee anyway.

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Lily Sue Morgan - 3 months ago

My experience with this school was very poor and early on into the course. I was in a Mathematics program for elementary teaching, K-6. When I saw the teacher on-line teaching with an opaque projector (out of use in any public school for the last 25 years), I withdrew my registration and pursuit. I then decided that the best education, mayber you pay more (excluding the living expenses), but not much, for the quality of interaction from an experienced instructor. There is no substitute for learning from experienced people. I would not have my music expertice without learning from a teacher who had studied in Paris.

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Gregory - 2 months ago

I am a WGU Health Informatics (healthcare IT). I was offered a job during my PPE (internship) at an above average rate for starting IT jobs in South Carolina. WGU students have a higher employment rate than brick and mortar schools, look it up. My degree also changed some during the course of it. This is a natural progress of things. Your only legitimate complaint is that you had a crappy mentor because they gave you a runaround. However, from your ramblings this is hard to judge because you clearly lack basic knowledge of life and have a clear desire to blame your woes on others. As stated before me. School cost money, you saved by going to WGU. Jobs are not given out like candy to people with degrees. You still have to sell yourself. I would not hire someone with your mentality, nor would many others as you can see from your lack of employment. I truly hope you realize the reality of this, though I am doubtful. Best regards.

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Terry - 2 months ago

I have a BS in Mgt from WGU and was hired by a fortune 100 company as a Director of Operations. You need to take a course on interviewing and learning how to sell yourself. A degree is a tool, but won't get you the job!

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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The program is tough but well worth it in the end. You get a lot of certifications that help advance your career. Do not let anyone tell you that certifications do not matter. They do in the IT world. WGU incorporating them into the programs are great. The weekly phone calls with your program mentor can be annoying if you are an advanced learner but if you procrastinate or feel you are getting behind, they can be a real asset. I have graduated with my BSIT and now reenrolled for my MSIT - ISA degree with them. The course mentors are great but I feel email and phone contact should be exteneded to maybe a webex type of interaction. WGU learning is more solo work so if you like working in group type events, this might not be for you.

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Niecey - 3 months ago

I was curious about how WGU actually pays for the certs. Do they give credit to a testing center or what? I'm interested in the IT program. Also, when they go over your transcripts do they give you a run down of efficient options if you are between two different majors? I have more credits for my business major (concentration in info. systems) than actual computer science/IT courses, and the point is I really would LOVE to do the general IT program but I have gotten a bit further with my business major so I'm thinking I could graduate sooner if I just finished w/ business degree. I'm still in the early stages of applying, haven't been enrolled yet. Just curious about these things. Thanks!

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Will - 2 months ago

Niecey,

I'm told that the tuition covers the cost of certification exams, up to 2 attempts per exam, in the form of exam vouchers. So in the case of an IT exam that is taken at a Pearson Vue testing center, you would get a voucher from WGU that you can use to register for the exam with Vue. Hope this helps!

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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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Not what it use to be....I earned my BA and was satisfied back then but not anymore. I have wasted time and money trying to get a Master's Degree. When you have a questions they just bounce you around from person to person. In addition the course work does not benefit you with actual teaching. Don't waste your time and money, go somewhere else. I am seeing about transferring credits now!

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Alma - 3 months ago

So are you saying that getting your BA wasn't worth it either? Or would that still be something you found beneficial?

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Kris - 3 months ago

Based on your above statement I am assuming that you are studying to become a teacher, is that correct? I too am studying to become as teacher. I got my undergrad degree at a traditional University and am now working on my Masters in Education at WGU. I have been truly satisfied with my experience. I have found the course work to be excellent, and my mentor is awesome. I have been misinformed from time to time, and I have had to read the handbook from cover to cover as well as my state licensure requirements to ensure that I cross all my t's and dot all my i's. I think the key to success is taking responsibility for your own success. You will learn if you apply yourself. You will be successful if you set goals and implement the discipline necessary to achieve those goals!

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017
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Aloha, I currently live on the island of Maui and after attending University of Hawaii for a few semesters I realized that I wanted to attend an online based education. I started this journey at Argosy University Online which was a joke and took a break for a couple months and then extensive research I found Western Governers University. Their enrollment department counselor M.G. was very informative and courteous in helping in my enrollment and am looking forward to finishing up my Bachelors degree in Business Management under this degree plan. -B.

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Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2015
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WGU is not for everyone, but it has been exceptional for me. I have spent 30 years in my field, and so I have moved quickly through the program. It will not take me a full year to complete my degree. I have not "coasted" and there are no gifts. It is a challenging program. The biggest weakness is their math department. Their Algebra course make me consider quitting, it was so awful! But the rest of the courses have been great. I have learned some more advanced concepts in subjects I already know, and don't have to waste time and money on concepts I already know intimately. A coworker just today was ranting about a for profit school that cost her $65,000. THAT is a scam. WGU will cost me $3-6000 and I will have a better education. WGU is a PUBLIC university, it is non-profit. They have nothing to gain by scamming people, or being a "degree mill". But WGU really is not for everyone. It takes a lot of self direction, and a certain ability to put the pieces together on your own. Mentors are there to assist you, but often they refer a student back to the relevant material first, and will tutor a student after a second request. Not everyone will succeed at WGU, it is different, know that fact going in. WGU has been a perfect fit for me. I have found it just as challenging as traditional schools I attended, without all the bull, or expense.

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josh wilcott - 4 months ago

Its actually private..

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Degree: Small Business Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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I transferred from a community college (didn't earn Associates). Most classes were accepted. Only non-degree related courses weren't transferred. I just finished my 2nd term for the Bachelors in Business Management. I really enjoy this school. I work 48 hrs a week, have a 6 year old daughter, and own a house. Due to my schedule traditional schools weren't realistic options. This format is great for me. I have my regular counselor that I speak with weekly. Her role is essentially to support, motivate, plan my curriculum, and help me navigate through the several resources available to me. I'm the type of person that doesn't need much outside support so our conversations are short, but whenever I do have a question she is able to answer it. She also responds to emails in a timely manner. Every course also has several mentors associated with the course. These are the mentors that help with your studying. They have previously recorded content, usually powerpoint presentations, covering every module of the course. They also offer live webinars and cohorts. The text book is also there if you wish to just read it yourself. I usually utilize the powerpoint presentations and the text book. It has worked well for me. These mentors send emails offering there services. It's up to the student to utilize them. The courses that require tasks use a third party called taskstream. The assignment is submitted and graded in taskstream. I feel they are very thorough when grading, which I like. When I did my first task I thought I did a good job, but I had it sent back with comments. For the most part I did a good job, but there was one section that they wanted me to improve on. I can see people being annoyed by that but I personally like it because I feel a great satisfaction when I submit a task and it meets there high standards. A course will usually have two tasks. A task is broken down into about 6 or 7 sections. Each section is graded on a scale of 1 unacceptable - 4 exemplary. There is no way you pass the task if you have less than 3 on any section. You can have all 4 and one 2 and you won't pass. When a course requires a test you use a third party called Proctor U. A proctor monitors you via web cam. Before you take the exam you have to show id, answer security questions to further validate your identity, and use the camera to scan the room you are in so that they know that no one else is there with you. It seems a little over the top but I appreciate the thoroughness. I haven't failed an exam but my toughest one was the last one I took this morning. It was Integrated Sciences. I thought this course was pretty cool because it contained aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and earth sciences. It focus on how all of these sciences connected, such as gravitational, magnetic, and electrical force, weather on rocks, photosynthesis, ecosystems, planet formation, stars, nuclear fusion, and so much more. I really enjoyed that course. There were over 50 videos because there was so much content. The exam had 65 questions but it was actually over 100 because many questions had different questions within them. Sorry for the long post, I'm just very excited and happy with the program. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do.

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Degree: Small Business Management
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First, I have to say that Western Governors is not for everybody. Because of the nature of online learning, you must be a self starter and able to learn on your own. While there are many options available for you to get additional help, this program really requires a lot of self teaching. Also, the reviews I have seen here in regards to the student mentors have been completely opposite of my experience. My student mentor has been great! When she sees that I have passed a final she sends me an email of congratulations even in the middle of the night! I am very appreciative of her help and consistency. She calls every week right on schedule and pushes me to finish ahead of my schedule. Now that I have gotten that out, I'll share some more about my experience. I attended a brick and mortar college to earn my associates several years ago, and I can say without a doubt that I have learned more in this program than I did in the previous school I attended. I also have found that the information that I have learned has been very valuable in my current profession and I have been able to have strong, competent discussions with others incorporating the knowledge that I have gained through my degree program. I have even had conversations with other college grads who didn't learn some of the concepts that I have had to tackle. I researched several colleges before choosing WGU and spoke with their representatives. I also spoke with other WGU graduates before making my decision. One of the best things about WGU is their policy of not making you re-learn concepts that you already know. Although I did not have a full formal education, I have held some high positions in several companies and had to teach myself much of what was required for me to complete my job duties. Because of this, many of the concepts in my program I already knew and was able to move directly to the finals and pass the classes. I greatly appreciate this because sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture on things I already knew would have been a huge waste of time for me. I haven't graduated yet, but will be shortly and am very excited to do so. To sum this all up I just want to re-state; if you are a self starter and have the motivation to read textbooks and learn on your own and at your own pace, you will enjoy WGU. If you are not and need more personal time to grasp concepts then WGU may not be the place for you.

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Degree: Small Business Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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Western Governors University sets it self aside for other universities by offering a convenient new approach to continued education and its focus on providing the necessary resources to ensure every student succeeds. Being a full time working parent, it would not be possible for me to attend other universities because of my daily commitments and constant traveling arrangements. However Western govern university offers amazing flexibility in study times and the ability to study from anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal. Additionally WGU provides each student with their own student mentor who touches base with them on a weekly basis, this ensures that its students stay on track with their goals and have a source of knowledge for just about everything to do with their education. With no hindrance to studying and the wealth of information at my fingertips, I now have a clear path to my degree goals with no doubt that I will obtain them.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am about to graduate with a Bachelor's degree from WGU. All I can say is that I could not have finished a 4 year degree any other way. I am in my 40's, work full-time and finally found a way to afford to turn my Associate's into a Bachelor's. If you have an Associate's degree and know how to write and study at a college level, you can do this! This college is not for young, inexperienced students who need constant help and to have someone keep them on track. For someone like me, an honor student at my community college and up to the challenge, WGU is PERFECT. It is challenging...the college is extremely rigorous about ID...everything is done by proctor or via a webcam...no notes or books during tests...it is HARD! I finished my last 2 years of college in 6 months...if you put in 30-40 hours a week and plan your strategy carefully, you can accelerate like I have and WGU encourages you and stays out of your way while you do it! So, here I am....the secretary with a Bachelor's degree! I think I will get another degree and a Master's so I can put MBA behind my name next to the title of 'Secretary'...ha! Hopefully soon, I will be able to pursue some of my career goals. :)

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linda elovitz - 4 months ago

congrats...very encouraging for us hopefuls out here.

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James - 4 months ago

I, too, am a student of WGU and can definitely attest to the difficulty and challenge of the currculum. The school is based on competency and if you know the material from work experience, you will find yourself flying through the program. The tests are weighted and are designed where if you pass, you will have passed with an equivalent of a B or better gradewise. I highly recommend this school if you are self-disciplined and work better at your own pace. DO NOT sign up if you are not willing to spend AT LEAST 15 hours a week on your studies. Hope this helps!

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DeeAndria - 2 months ago

This post is great. I am considering attending this university and have some questions for you . Can you please email me ? deeandriamcfadgon@yahoo.com

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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This school is for self-starters. If you are looking to learn IT by attending this school you will have a hard road ahead of you. If you are already an IT professional then this is the school for you. I see people complain about not having enough support. If you ask they will give you all the support you need. It is online learning you will be using your computer for everything. Physical book are not supplied and if you are the type who needs a physical book this will not be the program for you. I started this program with zero credits and sixteen years of IT experience. The general education was the hardest part and mostly because I don’t like to write papers. Nothing that will make a true difference in your life is easy and neither was completing this degree.

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Brian - 5 months ago

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the review. I'm currently going to start my second term in April, and was starting to question the effectiveness of attending WGU. I'm in the IT Security program, and look forward to finding a job in a network security field. I have about 4 years in the IT field currently. Just seeing how it has helped you in your career after getting your degree.

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I was already a Sr. Network Engineer when I started the program. I earned my degree in the Security track as well and I feel it has helped me. I have since move up to management at another company with a hefty increase in pay and quailty of life. The best advice I can give is to just sit down and do the work. Once your mentor trust you and sees you can handle the work the more comfortable they are with letting you move faster "your mileage may vary".

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