Western Governors University Reviews
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I highly recommend WGU! I was a teenage mother with a dream of being a Special Education teacher. I had a newborn child and was unable to attend the traditional college, so I found WGU. 4 years later I graduated from WGU with my Bachelor's in Special Education. I immediately found a teaching job that I love. I recently started back at WGU for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My husband and sister-in-law are also WGU students and they too love it. You have to be self-motivated because it is so convenient that you could procrastinate. The mentors are so helpful and caring, and you can't beat the tuition!
After reading some of the very negative reviews about WGU I thought I should put in my 2 cents worth. My overall experience with WGU was extremely positive. (That is not to say that it was easy or that there weren't times that I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out what was desired for certain assignments.) I had previously completed 4 years at a brick and mortar school before deciding education was the path for me. By this time I was 26 working full time and had a daughter on the way. I was able to accelerate my program and finish everything in 18 months. This saved me a substantial amount of money over staying at my brick and mortar school. I was also able to work full time and still be at home in the evenings. I was extremely busy with a new baby, working, and studying but I managed. My student teaching experience was smooth and I was offered a job at the school before the completion of my student teaching. I was able to finish out the school year as a teacher which was awesome. Then I received a job offer for a very competitive school in Wyoming. I was one of 580 applications for 1 job. (this is not to boast but merely my experience getting jobs with a WGU degree) I will start work on a WGU masters degree next year in Administration. There are at least 2 administrators in my district who received their Masters from WGU and landed administrative jobs. When starting WGU my primary concern was: Would a WGU degree put me behind other applicants when job hunting? Well I can honestly saw nothing but good has come from my WGU experience. I have recommended WGU to many friends and will continue to do so.
I had an existing bachelors, so I initially enrolled into the MA in Teaching. I really wanted to focus on special education, but since I wasn't already licensed, I couldn't enroll in the MA special education program. I decided to get my bachelor's in special education at WGU. I am highly qualified to teach in my county. There is some inclusion, but most of the special education content was limited. It was more about general education and then self-study to complete the praxis content area in the special education content areas. My internship at the elementary level was in an inclusive environment. Then, the second half of my internship at the middle school level was resource, so inclusive as well. I ended up with a teaching position in a self-contained classroom. I have personal experience that made me feel confident in my field as a special education teacher. Then, I returned to WGU for my master's in curriculum and instruction. I was teaching in a classroom where the students were following the elementary integrated curriculum, but the content had to be modified (a lot). I wanted that degree to create and design a curriculum for students in the area of functional life skills. I had an incredible experience with WGU. It's definitely a self-study program, so it's important to be really motivated. I had the same undergraduate mentor for the entire 2 years (since I already had a bachelor's, some of my credits transferred). Then, during my master's program, I had the same mentor for the 2 years. I went part time (not full time). Both mentors were informative, supportive, and encouraging. The program was definitely rigorous for me. I have been researching doctorate programs in special education because I want to teach at the university level and WGU offered a PhD program in my area of interest, I'd sign up for it, too. Financial aid had some glitches, but I was always able to speak to a live person. The taskstream format to submit assignments had clear expectations and the grading system was fair. It was tough...I can't emphasize how much I felt challenged and almost burned out towards the end of my master's program. The grading instructors have no problem sending an assignment back for revision. My weekly calls with my mentor helped me stay on track and feel I wasn't alone, when I really was alone it was nice. I had to go to a testing center because the webcam didn't work with my Mac, but that was fine. Scheduling an exam was not difficult. I wanted to write a review because I'm reading a lot of reviews for the PhD programs that I'm interested in and I felt it was important to share my positive experiences. And, in my county, WGU had an established relationship with the district, so getting an assignment to complete my internship was easier than I expected. The organization at the school is fantastic. I liked the competency based program. I like studying at my own pace. There were communities to connect with others, but I didn't use them much. I didn't have any problems with certification/licensure in my state and district. I'm in Maryland. I love WGU and highly recommend the school of education. I made a great choice and I keep in touch with my mentors. The school really wants to help you succeed if that is what you want for yourself.
Let me just start by saying that I did receive my masters degree in three 6 month sessions ,I have seen reviews that state WGU is a " scam" it certainly is not a scam in that I did receive my intended masters degree which qualified me for a raise. The area of the University that I found to be sketchy was the quality of the teaching. There basically was not any instruction or a course mentor to interact or ask questions. Any query to expand on topics would result in a very general email to just refer to the course online materials. I found much of the information I needed to pass tasks by googling topics and seeing what came up. I also found You - Tube a great resource, which does not speak well to the level of instruction from WGU. I began referring to the University to my friends and family as Western Google University. Just to share a personal experience I was having difficulty passing a task that involved statical analysis. The course mentor did finally contact me but only after my term ended requiring me to start the course all over again. The course mentor told me that my paper was not passing because I had quantitative data that she did not fully understand because she was more comfortable with qualitative data. If I was going to pass the course I would have to change my entire data collection method to qualitative. For this course the instructor should be familiar with all types of data analysis so that student " tasks " can be properly graded. I also found it concerning that many of the courses are graded by Taskstream, not course instructors ( according to taskstream ) And finally, after writing my huge Masters Thesis and presenting what I felt was a wonderful power point to my Capstone Mentor I was simply thanked for my time and the online conference was disconnected, very anticlimactic - no comments - questions anything. Maybe it sucked, wouldn't know because after turning in a 100 page masters thesis I get a simple " passed" on my taskstream account. Would it be so hard write " nice job", "very original" or "this is the worst Capstone we've ever evaluated and want to be rid of you" Give me something. So if you read this tirade wanting to know if you should enroll in the masters in nursing admin program I would say yes only if you have had a great deal of nursing experience and research experience because if not you will be on your own and very frustrated.
This is tough coursework but that is to be expected. It has been a perfect option for me. I am 3 credits from achieving my bachelors degree and it cost me only $6,400. I recommend the school to everyone that I know!
I loved WGU and the flexibility it provides to someone like me who is very self motivated. My mentor was awesome and kept me on track. I just enrolled in a masters program this week at WGU and I would recommend it to anyone that is willing to work hard and is self motivated.
The classes are very easy and they have not taught me anything that I needed for the classroom. I have a professional certificate in a state that does not require me to the praxis but in order for me to get my master's degree I have to pay for a 100.00 test that I don't need for my state certification. Its a waste of money and wgu needs to rethink about those who are in a state that does not need to take the praxis and are spending more money then those who are in a state that requires to take that test. horrible I wish I didn't go to school here. my advice don't sign up for a online programs that does that make accommodations for state to state students.
Maybe I see things a little different than some that's on here. This school is NOT for everyone. They do not hold your hand. They are not going to baby you into doing what you have invested your money (or loan) to do. I think it works for those who work and have other obligations that interfere with being in a brick and mortar. I have a great student mentor and course mentors. The forums are a big help as well. Not once have I encountered a situation where I was not able to speak to any mentors. They have been very personable. If you are looking for a place that follows behind you and keep staying on you then don't enroll. Because everything that you do (or don't) is on you. They are there to support and help you stay on track but excuses are not allowed.
I graduated from WGU in June of 2012. Before enrolling in WGU I completed an Associates Degree in Business Management from my local community college. I also had taken several courses at an expensive traditional school. Most of my credits transferred in. This helped to speed up the process. I found the course exam/final paper difficulty at WGU comparable to both the traditional school and the community college. However, there are no official classes or a professor explaining the subject matter chapter by chapter. This is not a traditional school with traditional courses. It is up to the student to seek out what he or she does not understand. I read the suggested material and did the suggested exercises. At one point, I was confused about a writing assignment and couldn't figure it out myself. I set up an appointment with their "writing center". A professional writing tutor gave a a great 1/2 hour session online in real time and over the phone. I figured out what I was doing wrong, and moved forward. At another point, I didn't understand a concept and I contacted the course mentor who helped me understand what I was stuck on. If you do not have good time management skills, are not self motivated, or procrastinate, this college is not for you. Six months after graduating, I went from a "job" at a small office to a "career" at a large company. I had the ability, experience, and the skill to get the career prior to WGU, but I just didn't have the ticket (the degree) to get my foot in the door. Thanks to WGU, I tripled my salary and walked away without debt. Not bad for a $3000 investment (that includes the digital textbooks). If you are considering WGU and you're looking for the "ticket" for the next step in your career; I highly advise you to take the leap. I wish I would have done it sooner.
I graduated from WGU last May,2013. I am satisfied with my degree from BSN to MSN. Nothing was given to me for free. I had two excellent student mentors who pushed me as well as encouraged me to do well which I did not experience in the traditional schools I attended. These two were great help for me in completing my tasks via taskstream. Those people/evaluator were also great. I can tell the future students that you cannot gallivant or take the assignments for granted or you will really fail. I had three years of not having fun, now i can compete with anybody because I have RN-MSN after my signature. Some nurses don't want to do anything to advance their career and feel sour when they see my signature. All I can say is "honey enroll yourself and try what i did and up to that point I am willing to listen and tell them if i can do it you can also do it!" Everything for me was difficult at WGU, I had a qualitative research as my last course, here the professor was great and she really tested me from the first day i told her i would like to get out in the community up until my dissertation. There were times I contemplated of dropping but my mentor was always there for me to cheer me up and told me "you can do it!" I just could not believe the negative publicity about WGU but take it from me nothing was handed to me for free, I literally worked hard to obtain my BSN to MSN degree. The last time I checked from the Pa Dept of Education, I am a graduate from a registered and accredited University. Thanks WGU.