Western Governors University Reviews
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I completed WGU's Teacher Preparation Program as the university was becoming a state university in Indiana, and then re-enrolled in the MS Curriculum & Instruction program in 2011. After having attended traditional universities, I found the freedom from rigid schedules to be incredibly refreshing. As states in other reviews, many courses are made up of a testing portion and a series of essays called "tasks". As with any coursework, you will get out what you put into the program. I found the structure and coursework to be as engaging and and informative as any previous instruction that I had received at two traditional universities beforehand. My key to success at WGU was that I was able to continue at my current job, have time for my family, and still work toward my degree. Another key benefit of WGU is the ability to work at your own pace. Some weeks you may have a lot of time to devote to studies, while others you may have no time at all. At WGU, you can still achieve your goal as long as you complete all of your coursework within the assigned six month term. If you finish early, it is easy to open a new class and work ahead! In order to keep students motivated, WGU utilizes course mentors and student mentors to maintain contact with students. Mentors create "communities", which are essentially chat rooms for students to communicate and help each other work through problems. Mentors will also provide insight as needed on the chatrooms, so help is never more than a few clicks away. Overall, if I had it all to do over again, I would have saved my money and attended WGU from the beginning. Cons: The only real problem that I ran into at WGU was that there isn't a lot of guidance at the end of the program. For example, my bachelor's coursework culminated in a student teaching capstone. Although I knew it was coming up, and I asked my mentor several times for information, it wasn't brought to my attention that I would need to complete all classes AND have all paperwork from an assigned school 8 months in advance until only 2 weeks before the deadline! WGU did work with me, and everything turned out fine. However, all could have been avoided with a little more transparency. I had a similar experience during my master's program when working on my master's thesis. I completed several classes ahead of time so that I could spend the final semester working on nothing but the thesis. I spoke with my mentor several times about my plan. He approved. When it came to my final semester, however, I received a letter stating that I would not receive full time status. It meant I would have to pay the tuition out of pocket. It wasn't a big deal because we had money set aside, but it could have been catastrophic if we didn't. Again, some forethought by any of the mentors could have prevented a stressful situation. Although I was upset at the time that these events occurred, I must say that I was contacted by the university on both occasions. An administrator took the time to make sure that he understood my situation, and I received a series of emails and phone calls explaining how the university was improving the student experience based on my communications. Try finding that type of student service at your traditional institution.
I will finish my degree in December(at my current rate) after two years work. Classes have been easy, hard and in between. Most courses are part of a domain. For example, each course is really 2 separate classes. One class requires a test to complete and the other requires a series of tasks to be completed to prove competency. I found the tasks much more difficult than studying for the tests and required me to go deeper in the material. After reviewing the courses and accreditation with my company, they agreed to pay 80 % of my tuition. That means I will only pay a total of 3000 dollars for my entire education. Even if I were paying for everything myself, it would still be a bargain. I have learned a lot. In addition to the course material, I love how most tasks require the use of Excel, Word or Power Point and other standard business applications. The negative reviews on this site baffle me.
This college is not for students who are not self motivated. At times it can be very frustrating especially with Taskstream, the 3rd party grading system. Sometimes, especially at the end of the month, papers can take days to be graded and I have heard horror stories from other students about not receiving a grade before the end of the term; causing an incomplete or did not pass on their transcripts. The other thing that really bothers me is the fact that proctored online exams are not yet able to be taken on the newer operating systems (Windows 8). I had to go to a friends house to take my last proctored online exam, as I live in a rural area and the nearest assessment testing site was several miles away. All in all, I feel as though I am receiving a good education and have learned a ton, but as I said this school is not for everyone. If you have good study and time management skills, this is a good school and the price is excellent.
I completed my BS and MS degrees at WGU while working full time. What I discovered was that students can do just enough to pass or actually do all the recommended work and learn much more. Currently, I am in the process of enrolling in a Doctoral Degree Program, D.B.A at a regionally accredited school and their business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP. I read a few of the reviews from other people and I would say that some people become adults and never take responsibility for their own failures. No school will make anyone successful who is not willing to work for it. In my own opinion WGU is a great school and I would recommend it. None of the schools that I inquired from about the D.B.A program had any concerns or questions about the school where I completed my graduate work as long as its regionally accredited.
Enrollment and Financial Aid was horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I've gotten past those two depts and and super happy with my decision to attend WGU. Get school with a tremendous amount of resources to help you succeed.
I "graduated" this year with a BS in IT. All i had to do was memorize IT braindumps and wallah I passed each course. The LET, and MGC1 and ORC1 is total crap, it's basically the same book, I never read the book, and then went to a testing center were i just checked the obvious answer and i passed each time. Basically they are common sense questions. Also 2 units for EWB which is an intro on how to navigate the COS, what a joke.
All in all I didn't learn a single thing at WGU. It cost for two years including a 2000 scholarship they give to anyone, about 10K in total, which I paid 5 cash and 5 through loans. But heck i'm too old to learn anything anyway, so I really only wanted the fake diploma on my wall to show off to other morons that visit. I told my boss I "graduated" and he just basically laughed in my face. Waste of time if you ask me, just get your AA from a CC, or if you have 10 years to wait, go ahead and attend a state school.
Even devry has more credibility than this crap. By the way those mentors are worthless. My mentor would call 8am just to ask me "hey is there anything I can help you with" yeah get me a whopper with cheese and stop calling me you moron.
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.