Western Governors University Reviews
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This is a terrible school. If you know everything and just need to take a test then you are going to do okay. If you EVER have a question about anything you can forget it. If you ever need help you will be told: "Sign up and take the class at another university and then trade it in here for credit." "CLEP it." "Take DDST/DANTES." "Get a tutor." I have never received any help for anything from the university and only speak to my mentor for some reason once a week and all he or she does is approve assessments for me to take. Unless I can get approval and here we are. Again. I cannot even tell you how many mentors I have had. Maybe 10 at this point? I wish I had never started this program here. I would never recommend this program or school to anyone unless you clepped all of the non-IT stuff and just took the certifications. I don't know what any of the other programs are like. I had plans to go on and get my Master's but I hate school so much at this point that I would rather drink poison and have pretty much decided maybe in 20 or 30 years...never again for now though.
This is a great school that teaches you the essentials of the business World utilizing the most advanced tools in education today. This is Affordable and for someone who is self-motivated. You need to use your mentor to be successful they are there to help you navigate through the system
Firstly, I'm not some shill paid or enticed to give a favourable review, I'm doing this of my own accord because I, honestly had a great experience with WGU and will gladly answer any mature comments or questions that anyone has regarding my experiences. I recently graduated from the BSIT program and am now starting up the Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program. My experience with WGU has been nothing but exceptional. My program mentor, Hope, was a wonderful source of support and encouragement my entire time in the undergrad program. The course materials were on-point and a wealth of knowledge, coupled with webinars and live cohorts for demonstrative learning. The course mentors were extremely helpful, responsive and always available. In the past year, WGU up'ed the social interaction with the revamped student portal, course discussion areas and alot more social networking integration, giving you the opportunity to interact with fellow students in your programs and the school, in general. The extra knowledge I've gained through the courses and the addition of all the industry-standard certifications I earned in the process, like CCENT, MCPS, CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+, Linux+, etc. go a long way to help with career growth. It was worth the time, energy and money (and for much less than alot of brick and mortar schools) with the option to accelerate your studies to take up less terms. You have to be driven, though. Even with all the support you have available, it's ultimately up to you to get it done and graduate. The tools and resources are available, but it's important to properly manage one's own time and progress to get there. Having all that freedom can make it hard to balance your education, personal and possible work/family/etc responsibilities. I suspect much of the graduation rate issues revolve more around that than anything else. I know that there were a few times my health and family issues nearly derailed my education and my mentor fully supported me through the process and helped me get back on track. Good luck wherever you may go to advance your education! WGU might be right up your alley, or it may not. Hopefully, my little review might help you some. Feel free to ask questions, if you have any, though!
I really recommend this university. It offers an amazing curriculum that students can complete at their own pace, which is very convenient for students who have a job. Nobody tried to slow me down at any point, with hard word I was able to complete my degree in less time. Mentors are knowledgeable and eager to assist students. They offer webinars and cohorts to support students achieve their goal, graduation.
According to the FAFSA information on this school. The graduation rate is currently 14% for the Master's program. According to www.collegeresults.org, at the time of this review the overall four-year graduation rate is 7.3% Source> http://www.collegeresults.org/collegeprofile.aspx?institutionid=433387. I received my ADN doing traditional clinicals and chose the video lecture option (as opposed to in class lectures. I received my BSN through WGU entirely online (There four-year graduation rate is 18.2) http://www.collegeresults.org/search1a.aspx?institutionid=104717 I have been a self-directed learner my entire life and am no stranger to this type of program. The problem with this program is that it functions on a Disaggregate model. What's that you ask? Simply explained, they have one group of people who design their course work. A separate group of people who design the tests and yet a third group who grade papers. So, what's the problem you ask? The people who design the content have no communication with the people who decide the test questions. The people who design the test questions do not look at the course content and, the people who grade papers do not talk to the students or the instructors. In short, one hand does not wash the other. I have taken one class in particular, and it seems that the test preparers and the course content developers do not at all agree on what the focus of this course should be. You will never be able to pass the OA if you are relying on the course content alone. For objective assessments (OA) many of us are used to taking a practice test and then being provided with the answers to the questions you got wrong or a rationale for the questions. This does not happen a WGU. The score you get is the score you get. You have no way of knowing what you got right, what you got wrong and there is no rational provided. Furthermore, If you go to your instructor and ask for guidance on the test, you will be told that they also do not have access to the testing material and therefore can not guide you in resolving any academic shortcomings. So, what happens when the course material does not speak to the material on the exam and the student has nowhere to turn for clarification? The students fail due to lack of adequate support in the content material and you get a four-year graduation rates of 7.3% and 14% graduation rate overall! WGU touts that it is a competency base learning program. This means that if you already have the knowledge base through prior experience great! You take the test, pass, and move on to the next class. If you do not, pull up a seat, read through the course material and we will get you there. Unfortunately, if course preparers, and test prepares are prevented from communicating and don't look at one another's content, Then you run the risk of each group going in two different directions with the student stuck in the middle and the instructors trying to build a bridge for the gap. The problem is that by preventing the instructors from being aware of the testing material, the instructors may build a bridge to nowhere that the student has no choice but to blindly follow. This desegregated style creates a barrier to learning and fails active learners in their pursuit to expand their knowledge base.
I recently graduated with my Bachelor's in Business Management from WGU Texas. I chose WGU after a close friend completed their undergrad in accounting and moved up the chain at United Airlines almost immediately post-graduation. WGU constantly works to enhance the experience of their diverse student body by continually asking for feedback. I definitely recommend this school to anyone who is on a budget, struggles to attend traditional college/university, does not care for the college experience, likes to adhere to their OWN schedule (instead of following the pace and syllabus of traditional college), and to anyone who has the discipline to self-start and sometimes, self-teach. What I like most about this school is how analogous it is to real life youre given all the tools and resources that you need to succeed and you have to figure it out for yourself (of course, with the guidance of mentors). Key word: guidance. No one will hold your hand or give you the answer keys because we all know if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. By all means, it is doable, and you're not alone. Online coursework is not easy; every class required reading and studying, and all exams are proctored. I highly recommend WGU to anyone looking to complete their degree with a school that is legit accredited, affordable, and offers a high degree of flexibility.
Very happy with the school and great for my career. Most of the lower reviews are whiners that think a university should hold your hand. This is not one of those schools. Figure it out, get it done, and move on. All the resources are there and YOU have to figure it out. It is not for everyone, but if you are busy, self-motivated, and independent you will do fine. I can't speak for other degrees, but I learned a ton while taking the Business Mang. program. I learned a ton, because I applied myself and choose to.
I have been a nurse for a very long time and had no tech experience when beginning this degree. I will also say I am a mature student at 50 years old when I graduated. I have an associate degree in nursing obtained in 1992 after a two year technical nursing program in the Army that allowed me to become a licensed practical nurse. I opted to go to Wgu for the healthcare informatics program because I felt that it gave a very balanced and thorough coverage of the technology and business side of things. I didn't need more clinical background so I opted not to do nursing informatics which I feel limits your career options in comparison to this degree, even though it would have been easier and taken less time for me. This is not an easy program and the selection process is very rigorous, or at least when I began and the program was fairly new. The program had some growing pains and had a few changes along the way as well. As others have mentioned it's not a school for everyone. You definitely need some motivation and not need hand holding. However I feel that is part of what makes this a really good program. Given that most of your final exams are certification exams there's definitely motivation to take your classwork seriously. As a person who has been in the workforce for sometime I valued the ability to study and test on my time . I felt the classes were quite relevant to the job market and gave me a definite leg up and a lot of credibility that I feel I wouldn't have otherwise had without the certifications (that do not cost extra by the way). They are industry gold standard well recognized, (and not inexpensive to take on your own). Overall I feel that the quality of the education at Wgu is what you make of it. If you take advantage of what is offered and work very hard you get a lot of return on your investment. I would say however you need to have a particular personality type to be successful. If you go to Wgu expecting the social experience of a brick and mortar school, again you will likely be disappointed. Overall I had some bumps in the road, but find the program to be more than adequate in preparing me for a multitude of opportunities. I would say my biggest complaint was turning in the performance based competencies and the grading system associated with it. I find it difficult to relate at times with the grading and scoring of the written projects without being able to actually speak to the evaluator. I think that if you were able to speak with someone instead of simply reading comments to make corrections that perhaps it may be a little more effective and you would actually be able to learn more from the project overall. I found that you don't always get the same evaluator for your corrections that were suggested by the previous evaluator. This can be somewhat problematic at times. In summary I would say if you are willing to put the effort in and sincerely work hard and take seriously the amount of time that they tell you you should set aside for your work that Wgu is a fantastic bargain . You must be able to self teach to an extent and reason out problems on your own at times but that's what being a working adult is all about in the long run really . For the cost of the program the quality is amazing. My only real problem is deciding which direction of the many choices I now have to pursue with my career! This brings me to what I feel could be a lot more robust post graduation and career support program, I for one would even pay extra if needed!
I chose Western Governors as we lived overseas and I wanted a degree with a teaching certificate. The flexibility allowed me to care for my family, work full time and attend classes online at my own pace. The faculty and staff (especially my mentor) were crucial to my success at WGU.
Ask yourself do you like to read Do you learn how to do it yourself through youtube or other self help methods Do you need deadlines to complete your work. Are you a self starter. Do you understand technology. Are you on a budget ?If you can answer yes to these WGU is for you. The materials are excellent, working with your mentor is critical,remember they are there to help you navigate WGU. Just like in traditional college some Professors are more approachable than others. Its not easy, but I believe this is the future of education for those not born into money or willing to take on extreme student loans. I would compare WGU to Netflix and Traditional college to blockbuster. At some point traditional college becomes to expensive to operate without large athletic or state funding. Go Owls