Western Governors University Reviews
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I have been a student of WGU for a while now and due to some unforeseen personal circumstances that caused me to have not just 1 but 3 surgeries I was put into a "suspended student status" meaning that I was no longer able to get financial aid. So I had to withdraw until I had the funds for one more term in which I was told that if I completed that term 100% accomplished then I would be returned to "student in good standing" and would then be able to return to obtaining financial aid to complete my degree.
I withdrew and saved up enough money to return for that one more term, but sometime during that term "the rules changed" but I, nor my mentor was advised of this change and I would have to take and additional 5 credits to be able to be eligible for financial aid. That equals to at least 2 more classes. Had I been apprised of this "change" then I would have done everything in my power to add those two more classes but even my mentor advised me not to, that I would be just fine. At the end of term I was notified that I was still in "suspended status" and I wouldn't be getting any financial aid to continue.
I then tried to appeal the decision and was denied without so much as an explanation. So here I am without a degree $20,000 in debt no chance of continuing on with WGU (I do like the classes and the school curriculum and the format. I was very successful and would like to stay with this school) but due to lack of communication on the administration side of it. I am S.O.L., as it were.
I am a current student and I love the curriculum. It relates to my career very well. I gain ideas and knowledge to use in my classroom.
However, Taskstream graders suck sometimes. My first two portfolio assignments went well. The first was meets and the second was exceeds. However, the third I just submitted was needs revision.
The grader stated that part of the work was missing. So, I went back and highlighted the information that was "missing." Now it's a meets all of a sudden.
The graders do not know how to grade. You never know who is going to get your work/paper and how they are going to grade it. That is the only down side to WGU!
AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF GATHERING INFORMATION AND SENDING ALL TRANSCRIPTS IT GOT DOWN TO WHAT I NEEDED TO DO NEXT AND THE STAFF ADVISED ME THAT THE CLASS REQUIREMENTS HAD CHANGED LAST WEEK AND I NEEDED TO TAKE YET ANOTHER ANATOMY CLASS AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL TO QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION TO WGU.
I HAD ALL MY TRANSCRIPTS SENT IN A TIMELY MANNER BUT HOW CONVENIENT THAT ANOTHER CLASS WAS INDICATED JUST A WEEK PRIOR AND NO NOTIFICATION FROM THEM JUST THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE SIGNED UP STUDENTS RATHER THAN POTENTIAL STUDENTS FIRST. THIS IS OK BUT THE TRANSFER CREDITS STOPS THE MINUTE YOU SIGN THE DOTTED LINE. SO I WOULD NEED TO TAKE CLASSES I ALREADY HAD AGAIN. NO THANK YOU. THIS IS NOT A FAST TRACT BUT A WAY TO GET MONEY AND MORE MONEY OUT OF YOU.
The first thing I want to point out is that WGU is not for everyone. You have to be a self-starter, and you have to want to push yourself. Competency based units is an amazing concept. I take a pre-assessment and once I pass that I get to take my final for the objective exams. If you treat this school as a full-time job which some students do, you have the opportunity to go from no credits to your BA is around a year and a half. The other awesome thing about WGU is that you pay per semester, if I can pass 15 classes in one term, there is no additional cost.
For people who don't understand the mentor program, I have one mentor who calls me every Thursday to check on my progress and help push me to reach my goals. You also have a course mentor for every class, if you get stuck you let the course mentor know, and they respond very quickly to your request. I can tell you that in my first three months at WGU, I have racked up 35 credits, and that is working 8-10 hours a day studying. I find it nice that you can test from your home for most finals, obviously through webcam proxy.
The classes that have performance-based testing, you hand in the assignment, and a grader will not only grade your paper, they will tell you what is missing if anything is missing from the assignment. This is nice because most of my papers if they get sent back needing revisions, I know what I need to fix and quickly make the adjustments and send the assignment right back into be graded again. The cost of your education will be far less than other universities, and you will be able to accelerate if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort. This school was the best decision that I have ever made, and I encourage anyone who is looking at colleges to give WGU a shot.
Their course of study does not follow a specific order, the instructions on tasks (test or graded material) are vague, they claim many resources, but the resources have little use, Course mentors are not permitted to aid the students, and any problems brought to their attention is swept under a rug.... they tell you to go elsewhere....
Contacting the Board members is impossible... operators and student services try to reroute you every place else.
If you have money and time to waste... WGU is the place for you... all the hype of the certs are useless because if and when you need help... you are on your own.
Students considering WGU should not expect to sail through with no hiccups. This is a challenging program which requires hours of dedication and hard work.
WGU provides course mentors (read: professors) who are as dedicated to your education as you are... WGU also provides a student mentor who works with you throughout your entire tenure at WGU. I now consider my mentor a friend.
I completed my degree in Secondary Chemistry Education and had a job at a local school district BEFORE I graduated. I believe my education prepared me for my career as a high school teacher.
What you put in is what you get out:
WGU is unique in that simply regurgitating information is not always enough. At other schools as long as you meet requirements there is no encouragement or motivation to go beyond the basics. At WGU the more you put into your degree program the more you benefit from it.
WGU is ever evolving. This can be good in the long run, but frustrating in the short term. If you choose WGU be prepared for some frustration. Remember... this is a means to an end.
Would I recommend WGU? Yes. Yes. Yes. In fact, I have several friends and relatives who have chosen to go to WGU on my recommendation. Also, I am beginning my masters program there on May 1.
WGU has been right there every step of the way!! The curriculum is competency-based and accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Take the plunge - you won't regret it!
I will make this short and sweet....I just finished my BSN and LOVED this school. I learned a ton and always could count on plenty of support.
You get superior value for your money.
Very polite personnel, prompt services, positive interaction with instructors and classmates. They strive hard and offer the best online learning tools available. The course work is such that by the time you are done, you will know that you have learned and the confidence of what you know attracts employers, like it did for me.
I love WGU. I received my associate degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Phoenix online and although it is a good school, I don't feel like I learned much, just did a lot of book work. I am now doing my Bachelor in Health Informatics at WGU. Besides they are more affordable, the system set up is incredible. Minimum of 12 units in 6 months... one course at a time with all of the learning resources, including mentors a phone call away, it is just better for me.
I feel like I am learning the material and do not feel pressured. The work is hard but apply yourself you will do great! The main thing that sold me on WGU was it is competency based so you know you will learn the material... not just earn units.