Western Governors University Reviews
I transferred from a community college (didn't earn Associates). Most classes were accepted. Only non-degree related courses weren't transferred. I just finished my 2nd term for the Bachelors in Business Management. I really enjoy this school. I work 48 hrs a week, have a 6 year old daughter, and own a house. Due to my schedule traditional schools weren't realistic options. This format is great for me. I have my regular counselor that I speak with weekly. Her role is essentially to support, motivate, plan my curriculum, and help me navigate through the several resources available to me. I'm the type of person that doesn't need much outside support so our conversations are short, but whenever I do have a question she is able to answer it. She also responds to emails in a timely manner. Every course also has several mentors associated with the course. These are the mentors that help with your studying. They have previously recorded content, usually powerpoint presentations, covering every module of the course. They also offer live webinars and cohorts. The text book is also there if you wish to just read it yourself. I usually utilize the powerpoint presentations and the text book. It has worked well for me. These mentors send emails offering there services. It's up to the student to utilize them. The courses that require tasks use a third party called taskstream. The assignment is submitted and graded in taskstream. I feel they are very thorough when grading, which I like. When I did my first task I thought I did a good job, but I had it sent back with comments. For the most part I did a good job, but there was one section that they wanted me to improve on. I can see people being annoyed by that but I personally like it because I feel a great satisfaction when I submit a task and it meets there high standards. A course will usually have two tasks. A task is broken down into about 6 or 7 sections. Each section is graded on a scale of 1 unacceptable - 4 exemplary. There is no way you pass the task if you have less than 3 on any section. You can have all 4 and one 2 and you won't pass. When a course requires a test you use a third party called Proctor U. A proctor monitors you via web cam. Before you take the exam you have to show id, answer security questions to further validate your identity, and use the camera to scan the room you are in so that they know that no one else is there with you. It seems a little over the top but I appreciate the thoroughness. I haven't failed an exam but my toughest one was the last one I took this morning. It was Integrated Sciences. I thought this course was pretty cool because it contained aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and earth sciences. It focus on how all of these sciences connected, such as gravitational, magnetic, and electrical force, weather on rocks, photosynthesis, ecosystems, planet formation, stars, nuclear fusion, and so much more. I really enjoyed that course. There were over 50 videos because there was so much content. The exam had 65 questions but it was actually over 100 because many questions had different questions within them. Sorry for the long post, I'm just very excited and happy with the program. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do.
First, I have to say that Western Governors is not for everybody. Because of the nature of online learning, you must be a self starter and able to learn on your own. While there are many options available for you to get additional help, this program really requires a lot of self teaching. Also, the reviews I have seen here in regards to the student mentors have been completely opposite of my experience. My student mentor has been great! When she sees that I have passed a final she sends me an email of congratulations even in the middle of the night! I am very appreciative of her help and consistency. She calls every week right on schedule and pushes me to finish ahead of my schedule. Now that I have gotten that out, I'll share some more about my experience. I attended a brick and mortar college to earn my associates several years ago, and I can say without a doubt that I have learned more in this program than I did in the previous school I attended. I also have found that the information that I have learned has been very valuable in my current profession and I have been able to have strong, competent discussions with others incorporating the knowledge that I have gained through my degree program. I have even had conversations with other college grads who didn't learn some of the concepts that I have had to tackle. I researched several colleges before choosing WGU and spoke with their representatives. I also spoke with other WGU graduates before making my decision. One of the best things about WGU is their policy of not making you re-learn concepts that you already know. Although I did not have a full formal education, I have held some high positions in several companies and had to teach myself much of what was required for me to complete my job duties. Because of this, many of the concepts in my program I already knew and was able to move directly to the finals and pass the classes. I greatly appreciate this because sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture on things I already knew would have been a huge waste of time for me. I haven't graduated yet, but will be shortly and am very excited to do so. To sum this all up I just want to re-state; if you are a self starter and have the motivation to read textbooks and learn on your own and at your own pace, you will enjoy WGU. If you are not and need more personal time to grasp concepts then WGU may not be the place for you.
Western Governors University sets it self aside for other universities by offering a convenient new approach to continued education and its focus on providing the necessary resources to ensure every student succeeds. Being a full time working parent, it would not be possible for me to attend other universities because of my daily commitments and constant traveling arrangements. However Western govern university offers amazing flexibility in study times and the ability to study from anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal. Additionally WGU provides each student with their own student mentor who touches base with them on a weekly basis, this ensures that its students stay on track with their goals and have a source of knowledge for just about everything to do with their education. With no hindrance to studying and the wealth of information at my fingertips, I now have a clear path to my degree goals with no doubt that I will obtain them.
I am about to graduate with a Bachelor's degree from WGU. All I can say is that I could not have finished a 4 year degree any other way. I am in my 40's, work full-time and finally found a way to afford to turn my Associate's into a Bachelor's. If you have an Associate's degree and know how to write and study at a college level, you can do this! This college is not for young, inexperienced students who need constant help and to have someone keep them on track. For someone like me, an honor student at my community college and up to the challenge, WGU is PERFECT. It is challenging...the college is extremely rigorous about ID...everything is done by proctor or via a webcam...no notes or books during tests...it is HARD! I finished my last 2 years of college in 6 months...if you put in 30-40 hours a week and plan your strategy carefully, you can accelerate like I have and WGU encourages you and stays out of your way while you do it! So, here I am....the secretary with a Bachelor's degree! I think I will get another degree and a Master's so I can put MBA behind my name next to the title of 'Secretary'...ha! Hopefully soon, I will be able to pursue some of my career goals. :)
This school is for self-starters. If you are looking to learn IT by attending this school you will have a hard road ahead of you. If you are already an IT professional then this is the school for you. I see people complain about not having enough support. If you ask they will give you all the support you need. It is online learning you will be using your computer for everything. Physical book are not supplied and if you are the type who needs a physical book this will not be the program for you. I started this program with zero credits and sixteen years of IT experience. The general education was the hardest part and mostly because I don’t like to write papers. Nothing that will make a true difference in your life is easy and neither was completing this degree.
I loved reading Western Google University and the reports the employees / mentors wrote. WGU will not accept credits in and good luck transferring any credits. You are not thinking of transferring but oh, you will. You receive NO GRADES. You get CU's. !? 2 CU. 6CU 4CU etc and they mean nothing. Every other college is 3 semester credit . With a grade. It is a business, not a school. The material is not difficult - their process is. Read about how they treat you when you try to advance fast. The third party graders shut you down. My course professor / mentor got mad and wrote my paper. He got a pass - a week after the term ended. $3, 300 cost to me. Keep thinking " That won't happen to me ! "
I earned my associate's degree from a local community college and had taken quite a few classes toward my bachelors at the local university when I heard about WGU. I decided to go to WGU as it sounded very convenient. I work and have a family, so WGU seemed ideal for me. At first it seemed wonderful... perfect! My degree plan showed I needed about 12 classes to finish, which was a couple more than what I would have needed through the university, but I felt that was a good trade off. The first term with WGU went well, but then my mentor stopped calling and would not respond to my email or phone calls. I was on my own. For the most part, this wasn't a big deal as I'm very organized and motivated to get my assignments done. I was getting concerned though as things were not going as they should and no one would give me any answers. I had asked for Elementary Education, but they put me in Special Education saying it was just a couple more classes and would be good for me, even though it's not the area I wanted. I couldn't get anyone to change it. When it came time for my 2nd term, my entire degree plan changed... it now had 33 classes!!! Special Education was still my degree, so that hadn't changed, but they added a LOT more classes. No one could tell me why all of those classes were added... what a shock that was to me! Eventually, my mentor was replaced, and she was very nice, but didn't seem to know much. She always had to get back with me and never had concrete answers for me. Very frustrating. Just a few weeks into the 2nd term, I started to get so concerned that I decided to contact the local university and see what my options were to finish my degree. Only one course I took through WGU transferred, the rest were not necessary... so I wasted a lot of time and money. My graduation date through WGU was going to be 2017, but through the university, it will be 2015! I think WGU is a great concept, but there are many kinks they need to work out. I wasn't able to put forth the money and time needed to finish at WGU. Plus, I must be able to fully trust and gain the answers and information I need. I did not feel that way with WGU. I have also been told personally that the lack of letter grade and grade point average can be a big deal for some schools who are hiring. I hear mixed reviews about how WGU is perceived with those looking to hire teachers. I couldn't take that risk either.
This school seemed okay at first, but after getting into some of the classes and talking with my mentor, I realized this school was not for me. The CDs they sent for my class and the videos they had online to help with classroom management and teaching strategies looked like they were from the early to mid-90s. Schools and students have changed a lot since that time so much of the information was unreliable. Secondly, I happened to get a temporary teaching job while attending this school. I could have stayed at that school since I was technically enrolled to get my license through WGU, but WGU would not let me stay at the school where I was being payed. They said I would have to leave that teaching job and be assigned to a school of their choosing and work for free. Of course I wasn't going to leave a paid job to go to a non-paid job. So I left this school and went to a cheaper and quicker state alternative teaching licensure program.
Attended WGU for one term for MSN (edu). This school teaches nothing and was a waste of my time and money. After that term I left and went to a real school eastern ky university for my degree. Needless to say they didn't accept any of my transfer classes. You have one assignment per class and you just keep redoing it until you pass. The learning is a page with different page numbers to read in your books. Mentors call and talk about their lives, so if you need a friend and a degree that you don't learn anything with, this is the place! Example of how this works: I turned in a paper, got returned and certain sections needed to be redone, one to be exact. I corrected and turned in again, meanwhile another teacher mistakenly graded it too, she picked completely different sections said they were wrong and the one that the original teacher said was, she said it was perfect?! Stay away!!!!
I nicknamed this school Western Google University. I felt like I went through my program in some sort of vacuum. Each class assigns tasks that must be completed before you can move onto your next class. My first session I sailed through each task with a simple "Pass" Never any comments, good or bad. Towards the middle of my 2nd semester I began getting wrenches thrown in my way. I would not get a Pass on my assignments but I would also be left guessing what deficient in men assignments. No comments or brief one word comments. I was told at that time by my advisor that I was moving too fast through the program and they would be losing money on me if I finished in 1 year and that the goal is to complete the program in 2 years. At the end of my first year I was completely finished with my course work and my masters thesis (Capstone) but the process of grading ground to a halt making me have to re take my last class the next semester. At that time I was assigned a" new" grader who wanted me to take my Capstone a completely different directions. It was so frustrating. I got through that nightmare only to have the same thing happen at the end of that session. I just stopped hearing from anyone from the university when it seemed I was going to finish my capstone in three sessions. ( I was actually told that my capstone advisor had left the country and would therefor not be able to validate my Capstone and listen to my defense. ) I basically had to get very assertive and call every day to get myself a new advisor to approve my completed project, but I still was not given a day to defend my master, which is basically a powerpoint of your research. I called that morning to state I had absolutely no intention of paying for another semester and low and behold at about 4 pm I received an email stating to be ready with my Power point at 5 pm ( they game my one hour to get home form work and get organized .) Miraculously, I made it and gave my beautiful power point online to a silent, invisible committee who had absolutely nothing good or bad to say about by Capstone that I had worked so very hard on. In addition you really have to be a self learner to get through this program. Most of the source material supplied really did not help me and I found the chat rooms to have very old entries. The instructors are non - existent.