Western Governors University Reviews
This particular degree is a new one offered from WGU, I believe I may be one of the first to obtain it. I have to say my entire experience with WGU has been stellar. You get out of the classes what you put into them; because it's online, it's self-paced. Don't do the work, you won't get the education it's that simple. My Student Mentor, an assigned person that stays with you throughout the whole degree was wonderful. She was knowledgeable and if she didn't have the answer she found out and let me know in a day or two. When I was in a hurry, she was in a hurry too. My classes were very relevant, timely and I did struggle through a few of them. The course mentor's were more than happy to help me when I was having difficulty. The statistics class was terribly hard for me, but the instructors took lots of personal time on the phone to help me understand the concepts. My entire experience was positive. The one and only thing that was not perfect was the cost of the tassel! They contract those kinds of things out and the company charged twice as much for shipping as the cost of the tassel! The program was scheduled to be for 24 months, but I did it in 11 months to the day, so you can go as fast as you want. My total for my Master's was $7000.00. I did not have to buy a single book, everything, including the camera for taking tests was provided. All in all, a very good experience.
Personally I think WGU is a waste of time and money. It's a gimmick to entice people who can't qualify for a real public college nor afford a for profit school with the idea that they will 'Graduate' sooner and will quickly start making more money. It's a complete joke. I 'graduate' in 2013 with a BS and I mean B.S degree and it has done absolutely nothing for me. Instead I took WGU off my resume and i believe that that's helped me with job inquiries. This competency nonsense is a total scheme. The clases are a joke. They're not even clases, more like correspondance courses were you read a chapter, scribble some nonsence to take up space and meet taskstreams minimum requirements and that's it. It's onto the next course. Also they send you to a testing center to get certifications were all you have to do is memorize the questions and answers online , then wallah take the test. I think all the hype around WGU is that people nor the media that supports this crap will admit that the only reason why WGU has become so popular is because it's accredited and people will eventually receive their fake, worthless shelf filler diploma in the mail which will actually not end up meaning anyting not event the paper it's printed on and they can check the 'College Degree' check box when they fill out job applications.. I regret spending `10k on this so called university. Should have went to Devry or even UOP is more reputable. Also check out Bellevue, since they actually have real classes. Also let me add that the course mentors are completely worthless. All they do is send you links to look up crap on google. Heck I can do that myself.
Personally, I love WGU. I'm almost finished with my first term after transferring from a traditional university. My admissions adviser was there every step of the way to make sure I was completely ready once my term started, my student mentor meets with me every week to make sure I am reaching the goals we set, and my course mentors have always been very helpful and return calls/emails quickly. The classes aren't easy, but you can take a pretest at the beginning of your course so you know what areas you need to spend more time on and can accelerate through the parts you are more knowledgeable in. I am a military spouse so being able to student teach and work on my observations in any state that I am, even if we have to move, is perfect for me. I love the flexibility this school has. If you have extra time one day you can work longer on school and if you need to skip a day you can without consequences. How fast/slow you graduate is completely up to you and how much time and effort you are willing to put in. If you aren't self disciplined it can be very easy to put it off and get behind. This school was ranked #1 for their secondary education program and the school I transferred from was ranked #14. I love everything about this school, I've learned so much and I've had a great experience with it so far. I definitely recommend it for everyone.
The WGU Information Security and Assurance program is excellent. When I started the program, I already had 15 years of experience and was gainfully employed in the IT industry. Even with all of my experience, I was very happy to learn many new things from WGU's program. The subject matter was directly relevant to my work. The industry certifications were rigorous and challenging. My colleagues at work were impressed with the subject matter. The information security and assurance program at WGU is the perfect blend of hands-on work and big-picture work.
I think WGU is an amazing school with great helpful staff and teachers. I was horrible in algebra until I spent months working with one teacher. She walked me through it never let me accept not having the right answers. WGU is a online school if you aren't self disciplined don't try it, its not easy, but its worth it. I am graduating at the end of the month and already have a job.
So after reading TONS of reviews about WGU (considering for my MBA) I decided since I just completed my degree that I should jump in. I work in HR, currently holding a VP role at my company. I had completed 4 years of college coursework in various fields prior to coming to WGU but when I got into HR I had nothing specific to that field. I transferred in as many credits as possible. At first, it was an adjustment for me to get used to having weekly calls with my mentor. I can tell you that those calls are the reason I made it through. Not all mentors and students will mesh. I had to request a change to a new one shortly after starting. This school will NOT be for you if you are not a self starter. If you are not someone who will get motivated to get the course work and studying done without someone pressuring you, this will NOT be the place to go. It took me several years due to my hectic schedule, but I just finally finished my Bachelor's degree. I can say without hesitation, that the work that WGU makes you do, in most cases, is significantly harder than that I was asked to do at Community Colleges or other Universities that I have attended. There are no cake walk courses that you can just breeze through. You have to work hard. I am proud to say I got my degree at WGU and I'm proud to say I save a fortune over what others pay. Almost all of the negative reviews point towards the same thing. Either a poor mentor (request a new one) or someone isn't cut out for self study courses. If you need help, there ARE people there to help. YOU have to do the work.
Great school, highly recommended! I got a job teaching 1 month after graduating. The courses are tough, and require a lot of time and effort. But it is totally worthwhile. The mentors are there to not only guide you through the program, but act as cheerleaders as well, encouraging you to do your best. I am back at WGU to obtain a Master's degree. Great school for working adults!
This is a fantastic program for students who enjoy working on their own and accelerating as desired. I received my Associates at a brick & mortar school and was chomping at the bit because the pace was incredibly slow. After working all day, it is hard to sit in a classroom and actually learn. The pass/fail is fine if you understand that in order to pass, it's actually a B average. A potential employer could care less what grade you passed college with! These courses are difficult and challenging - not a walk in the park. The beauty of this is that you can take a pre-test before starting the course so that you don't waste time studying parts of the course that you may already be knowledgeable in. Tools are provided to help you along, the course mentors are there if and when you need them. I finished up my Bachelor's in Accounting and am now working on my Masters with this school. I would recommend this school to anyone who can apply themselves without having their hand held the entire time.
It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.
The program is tough but well worth it in the end. You get a lot of certifications that help advance your career. Do not let anyone tell you that certifications do not matter. They do in the IT world. WGU incorporating them into the programs are great. The weekly phone calls with your program mentor can be annoying if you are an advanced learner but if you procrastinate or feel you are getting behind, they can be a real asset. I have graduated with my BSIT and now reenrolled for my MSIT - ISA degree with them. The course mentors are great but I feel email and phone contact should be exteneded to maybe a webex type of interaction. WGU learning is more solo work so if you like working in group type events, this might not be for you.