Western Governors University Reviews
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After reading this review page I felt compelled to write about my own experience at WGU. I am not a recruiter nor am I a WGU employee. I am a 48 year old who suddenly found himself out of work and in competition with people who had degrees. I researched online and brickand mortor schools to see which would work out for me. I finally settled on WGU. I am extremely pleased with the results.
I started with no previous college credits, so I started from scatch. I also needed to find a school that would allow me to accelerate. Since I am not working, I have studied and worked 8 to 10 hours a day. In seven months I have completed 116 units. Some of the courses I was able to breeze thru, others I have had to work hard at.
Being a self starter and self motivated, I have reached out to the course mentors only occassionally. My mentor, who is basically a counselor, has been there for me each week. If you are looking for an easy time, this isnt it. You have to put the time in. I imagine that some colleges have a hard time with transferring the competency units, but I do not intend to transfer. I have found that I study a lot of material that does not make it into my assesments, or tests.
I have also not discovered anybody that was not willing to help. Sometimes they are slow, but my wife, who got her degree from a brick-and mortor school 10 years ago is amazed at how helpful and responsive the entire system has been. Where else can somebody get a 4 year degree from an accredited school for under $5000, which is what I am on track to accomplish.
Even if I took the traditional time, at less than $3000 a term (semester) it is still a bargain. As I stated earlier, other than being a student I am not affiliated with WGU. And I highly reccommend this school for those that want to get it done, are disciplined and who are motivated. If you need somebody to stand over your shoulder or hold your hand, then this is not the place to be.
Be careful here. At WGU you get a pass or not passed grade not the traditional A,B,Cs. This presents a problem when transferring to non-online university. I am speaking from experience.
I began my degree at a different University. I found the classes boring and the school was very expensive. I have learned more in my three months enrolled than I did at my previous university. My mentor is great. Any information I need she tells me or researches it and gets back to me quickly. I like the fact you can accelerate your program. I am already ahead and will finish early. Great school!!!
I graduated from nursing school in 1991 with an associated degree. I had thought about going back for my BSN on and off, but was terrified at the prospect of writing papers (I didn't write many papers for my ADN)I became a CEN(Certified Emergency Nurse) in December 09. That sort of put a fire under me.
I read about WGU and started my program for RN to BSN. The admission process was streamlined with no issues noted. They took all my credits from 19 years ago plus 50 credits for being an RN. I needed 22 credits for my BSN. I finished all 22 credits in just under 5 months !!. If you understand the work, there is no requirement to post to message boards etc. I completed the tasks, that was it.
I started my MSN with GWU 10/1 with an expected graduation date of 10/12. For the Master's degree, you must complete 8 credits in 6 months. I completed 8 credits in one month. I am trying to do all total credits I need for my MSN in this one 6 month term. My mentor's have been wonderful. There is also a new convenience for the objective exams. WGU sends you a web can so you can be proctored at home for your objective tests. I love this school.
I would recommend WGU as a good place for an online degree. It is a little different from your usual college experience. I think you get out of it what you put in and you do have to be self-motivated and organized about making sure you are clear on requirements. When you need help there are people who will respond quickly with assistance.
I am about 6 months from finishing k-8 teaching credential program and did not have any problem getting place for my demonstration teaching. I will have to see how it goes when I apply for jobs.
I started school with WGU in February 2009. I am now finishing up MASE program. I am already a licensed educator, but I am working on my Masters. My experience has been so good that I have actually applied for several positions with the school. I believe in this institution and what it has offer.
No school is perfect and I will admit there are somethings about the school that have frustrated me a few times, but my overall experience is a good one. You must be disciplined in order to work alone. I like the fact that I do not have to sign on at certain times or a mandatory number of times per week. I appreciate the different types of evaluations.
I have been able to "test out" of several courses. I was able to transfer several course hours and meet many course requirements after having my transcripts evaluated. My mentor, Alisa, was truly an encouragement and very supportive. I don't think I could have done any of this without her. I actually hate to finish school because I won't be talking to her every week anymore. I love WGU!!!!!
I've been attending WGU since this past June (2010). My experience has been quite positive. When I first ran across WGU through a website, I was leery. But, I did my due diligence, and found the school to be worth trying.
Now, that my first term is almost over, I can say that I made a smart choice! I've already earned 15 competency units (credit hours) and am working on my last class to get 3 more before the second term begins for a total of 18 CU's!
My counselor and the rest of the staff our responsive and helpful whenever I need them. My counselor contacts me once a week religiously to make sure all my questions are answered and any concerns are met. I must admit I've had very little concerns. The only concern I had initially was the length of time it took them to disburse my financial aid. But, once I spoke to my counselor about it, the problem was immediately taken care of.
I can tell you this: Do your due diligence. Don't just read these reviews. They are helpful, but these reviews are subjective and shouldn't determine your final decision. If you look up almost any school review, you will find something negative on them as well. Since it's hard to take into account the messengers (students new to online classes who are having difficulties; students with weak study habits; discouraged students who give up at what they deem one annoying experience, etc.).
Not only did I check out review websites like these, but I sought out WGU graduates. It was easy to find them. I found some on Facebook and Youtube. Some even have their own blog sharing their WGU experiences. I asked about their experiences at the school, their job opportunities after graduation, and their overall opinion when they look back at past experience at WGU. One student told me he was accepted into law school in Ohio. Two managers from Volvo IT Corp and Labcorp told me that they would hire graduates from WGU, as they presently have WGU graduates employed with them now. I talked to two directors at one company who told me that they are getting their masters from WGU, and one of their managers is getting their undergrad. They all study together during lunch and after work. They love the school because it works with their lifestyle because they travel so much.
All I'm saying is research, research, research. Chat with graduates on Facebook. I even watched graduations and contacted those people who had videos of their commencement on Youtube.
I'm loving WGU, and plan on finishing up in 2012. They provide a quality online education and low tuition, while you complete your degree at your own pace.
Remember, do your due diligence and don't let review sites be your final determining factor.
I wish you the best! And if you decide to become a student at WGU, welcome!
I have a degree a BA in political science from Concordia University Irvine. I decided to go into a different field than Political Science and have worked in the field for 20 years as a production manager. Concordia was a brick and morter school. Now twenty years later I want to get a BS in Business, This is self directed, you have to be disciplined to complete this degree. A lot of my credits transfered, but I needed a lot more science related courses. This school is not for the meak and mild. You have to be self directed. This is the type of people I am looking for when hiring for positions at my company.
I would recomend this school for anyone. Anyway the company that I work for is Unilever Best Foods. If anyone has a WGU degree, I would like to interview you for positions that may be coming up at my company.
If you are going to apply for any of Western Governors University Educational Programs/Degrees then make sure you have Pre-Clinical placement and Demonstration Teaching placement already set-up because WGU is not very well recognized online University. I did not finished the K-8 BA because WGU could not place me for either.
As a working parent of 2 children, I had no option to attend traditional school - although I did earn an AA and BS in traditional schools. WGU is accredited and affordable.
Yes I found some material to be pointless but I found that in the traditional schools as well. I like working at my own pace -- I have over 15 yrs of work experience and that helped alot, especially because WGU requires ALOT of writing papers and essays.
I earned my MA in Educational Studies and had to write my thesis and receieved a great deal of help from my mentor and communities. THE HELP IS THERE if you seek it out!! Yes my last exam took me 4 times to pass but that was due to my lack of effort. You cant blame the school.
Are employers going crazy to hire me just because of WGU, no I dont think so. Many dont even know what WGU is or still think online is just "buying" your degree, however many with common sense know that online is a growing option and they are willing to look at WGU and see that they are legit! I am happy I enrolled and was able to complete my degree. Again, all these negative reviews are from people who are prepared for putting forth the effort that is needed. Online doesnt = easy no work degree.