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Western Governors University
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Percent Employed 83% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $47,500 % Degree Helped Career 80%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $56,667 % Degree Helped Career 71%

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BSN Bachelor of Science, Nursing
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2012
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I love WGU! I completed my RN to BSN degree in 10 months and although I didn't plan to continuing on for a Master's degree, 5 months later I am now enrolled in their MSN program.

It is self-paced, and basically you get out of it what you put into it. I feel that I have definitely increased my knowledge base and have enhanced my professional development.

Several of my friends have also completed their BSN, or are currently enrolled. Great school, great mentors, and great price!

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Quality Education at Affordable Price
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2012
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I previously graduated from a large well known brick and mortar state University a couple of decades ago- going the traditional route which some consider "real" college.

I went back to school at WGU to save both a ton of money and to take advantage of working on my second degree at my own pace without traveling to a crowded classroom environment.

For anyone who thinks that this online university is "easy", you are so wrong. I found the online curriculum and testing to be as difficult if not more difficult than my state university. Most importantly, you are forced to push yourself as there is no one standing over you holding your hand.

If you do not work well alone and are not self disciplined, online studies are probably not for you. WGU is a good online school and you will get a quality degree.

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MA 5-12 Mathematics Education
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2013
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I would give WGU 3.5 stars out of 5.

I recommend WGU mostly because of price. Many private colleges are not worth the price and other colleges will put professors part time or have graduate students teach you. WGU is a financially sound decision if you accelerate during the program. It can be a double edge sword financially if you fall behind, and take longer to finish your degree.

WGU's Business and IT program has won awards from the US Distance Learning Association. The Education school has not. If you choose to study Mathematics Education at WGU there are some pros and cons. Pro or Con- You will have to teach yourself. WGU will give you a textbook to read and a Math mentor who may point you to useful resources that you will have to self learn.

Con- Doesn't offer a discrete math course Con- doesn't offer educational psychology class (Needed on some state teacher tests) Con- You will write math essays that are scrutinized by an examiner meticulously and possibly repeatedly con- There are more effective online learning models than Pearson, which WGU uses. Example: Coursera and edX math classes. Con- On your course of study guide to learning math, more resources should be provided or should supplement already existing programs.

Example abstract algebra is already offered online for free at Harvard. Linear algebra is offered online for free at MIT. WGU should redesign the COS so WGU students could reach the level of learning by Harvard and MIT. Con- Math essay assignments are mostly boring pure math stuff. Comparing it to Georgia's online Math Teaching Programing, WGU's essay assignments are things "You will not need when teaching".

Con- Courses should be designed to for math teaching pedagogy, not Pure Math.

I still recommend WGU for the price, and perhaps its other programs. For those who work, this is the most flexible in terms of fitting your schedule and convenience. It gives you a lot of freedom and control in pacing of the class. And we all have the friend and family member who's been raped financially and brainwashed by other institutions. You can afford risk at WGU.

WGU has a lot of potential to be even better. I hope WGU's courses start to emulate Coursera or edX models. Or take advantage of Harvard and MIT's free course offerings to make WGU's math program stronger. I hope WGU redesign's its course syllabii to offer more resource links to students who need more than to help them learn. I hope WGU to choose better math textbooks for it's math program as well. Thomas' Calculus sucks, Larson's is better--> Pennywise is better. Blitzer's Pre-algebra is very dry. Triola's Stats are too basic and repetitive.

Pro- If you have a math background or was a math major this program should be a breeze Con- If you don't have a math background this program will not make your math learning any easier as your learning comes primarily from textbook reading or whatever sources you find by yourself Can anyone tell me the reason why WGU's IT and Business schools have won awards but not the education school?

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Mathematics Education
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2013
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I would give WGU 3.5 stars out of 5. I recommend WGU mostly because of price. Many private colleges are not worth the price and other colleges will put professors part time or have graduate students teach you. WGU is a financially sound decision if you accelerate during the program. It can be a double edge sword financially if you fall behind, and take longer to finish your degree.

WGU's Business and IT program has won awards from the US Distance Learning Association. The Education school has not.

If you choose to study Mathematics Education at WGU there are some pros and cons.

Pro or Con- You will have to teach yourself. WGU will give you a textbook to read and a Math mentor who may point you to useful resources that you will have to self learn.

Con- Doesn't offer a discrete math course

Con- doesn't offer educational psychology class (Needed on some state teacher tests)

Con- You will write math essays that are scrutinized by an examiner meticulously and possibly repeatedly con- There are more effective online learning models than Pearson, which WGU uses. Example: Coursera and edX math classes.

Con- On your course of study guide to learning math, more resources should be provided or should supplement already existing programs. Example abstract algebra is already offered online for free at Harvard. Linear algebra is offered online for free at MIT. WGU should redesign the COS so WGU students could reach the level of learning by Harvard and MIT.

I still recommend WGU for the price, and its other programs.

I wouldn't recommend anyone to being a math teacher nowadays, too much hassle and drama.

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WGU DOES NOT TEACH ANYTHING
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Degree: Info. Technology
Graduation Year: 2010
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I am absurdly frustrated in my carrer because I feel I did not learn anything at WGU. Is it cheap? Yes. Quick? Yes. Does it provide good education? NO! This school should not be allowed to continue open. It's a disgrace to colleges. I didn't take one class with one real teacher my whole degree. It's pathetic and I hate myself for doing this.

I graduated 4 years ago and am still making only 36K because I am unable to advance in my career & unfortunately I blame the cheap education I receive. All they want is your money.

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IT Management
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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2014
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As a currently enrolled student, since May 2012, I can attest to the legitimacy and validity of the coursework and ancillary help via course and student mentors.

I am currently enrolled in the IT Management program, which is part of the Business College and have enjoyed every aspect of this program and school since starting.

Yes, you have to be a self-starter, but for people in my position of having some college and wanting to finish up at an accelerated pace, this is the perfect format.

Not only are the costs extremely affordable (and I checked out a half-dozen or so alternative programs before deciding on WGU), but being able to learn at your own pace and apply already-learned experience to a class is well worth it.

For me this was a no-brainer, as I would only be able to take at most 3 classes in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting during a 3 to 4 month period. I have now completed 14 classes our of 23 (I transferred in 10 classes from previous college attendance) in less than a year. I should be able to finish within the next 9 months.

I would encourage anyone to give WGU a serious look. If you want a cost-effective education that allows you to capitalize on previous college and life/work experiences, then WGU may be just for you.

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Great School
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015
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I did my undergrad at WGU and it has greatly helped my career. In addition to salary and title improvements within my IT community, my confidence and the respect from others in my office is obvious. My MBA education has already opened opportunities for future advancement that requires an MBA.

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I love this school!
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
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I'm currently finishing up my first term at WGU and I love it. I'm an extreme introvert so this is the school for me. I honestly hate to be bothered by professors or teachers and I have always learned by myself.

My mentor is so helpful and she's so sweet. My admissions process was a bit rocky but it hit it off great. I have all the help that I could imagine.

This school is NOT a scam. I swear that I'm an attendee at this moment. I am going for my bachelors in Accounting. I went to two other "in person" schools and they weren't for me. I'm not a mom, or an older adult, I'm 21 and just couldn't find my niche in a regular university. My father helped me find this school and I'm so glad that he did.

I love working at my advanced pace and I have learned so much. You HAVE to put in the effort to retain knowledge. You won't be spoon-fed at this school and that's what I absolutely love.

Like I said before, I love my mentor but the calls do get a bit annoying. I wish we only had to talk once a month because I'm just a really smart and really competent learner. I hope to earn my degree soon. I cannot wait to get into the workforce. It does help that my dad is a CFO if I have any questions about any class material.

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Not for everyone.
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have been with WGU for almost a year now, this school fits well into my life. I do miss the social interaction of a brick and mortor school but with young kids and a job WGU is a better fit for my life. You do have to keep your motivated with help from a mentor and course mentors.

Any time I have reached out for help my mentors have provided whatever help I have needed. My mentor is a friend that sometimes pushes me but I believe she always has my best interest at heart. If you need the social interaction, or regular graded assignments to keep you on track this is not the school for you.

You must be self motivated since your passing of most courses depends on one test at the end of a class, and the courses with assignments can be a bit frustrating with a third party grading system. While WGU does have some faults overall I feel like I am getting the same level of education I was getting at a regular University at a fraction of the cost.

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Best Online University
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Degree: MBA in Technology Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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The program structure and course content is very good and it covers all aspects of the degree program. The mentors help and encouragement is very helpful! With little discipline and time management, everyone can earn the degree.

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