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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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RN to BSN program was perfect for full tim working mom of two. It was challenging and by no means easy, but it was very flexable and go at your own pace. I finished my BSN in 13 months.

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Degree: Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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After obtaining a BS Business Human Resourcemanagement - it has opened my career up to other opportunities. In addition the certifications are highly regarded by employers. I liked it so much Iam back at WGU for the MBA program.

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Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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BACKGROUND: Previously attended two nationally ranked highly recognized traditional state universities as a full-time on-campus student. Initially concerned about attending any on-line school due to being uncertain about quality of education. Now attending WGU as on-line undergraduate business student. WGU MODEL: Business program at WGU is top notch and easily competes with quality of education from traditional business programs. WGU online model is centered on student demonstrating competency in their field of study by completing online objective assessment / exam for each course. Student completes online objective assessment while being monitored live by a third-party proctor via web cam with audio. WGU KEY STRENGTHS: 1) Students are required to complete minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and pay only a single flat rate regardless of how many more additional courses are completed within the semester - in other words, once student has successfully completed the objective assessment / exam they can jump right into completing another course within the same semester for no additional cost! 2) There's no required homework - seriously! Students are given the material and resources needed to prepare for completing the objective exam / assessment and are given the freedom to self-determine what learning strategy / schedule best fits their needs. Another way to think about is, WGU doesn't worry about assigning homework because at the end of the day it's up to the student to prove they know the material by successfully completing the objective exam. 3) WGU gives each student a specific mentor to provide regular guidance and support (sometimes includes a needed kick in the butt), and the same person (mentor) stays with the student throughout their entire degree program. Mentor is someone who is also a professional within the student's chosen field - typically has at least MBA in addition to having real world experience. 4) WGU is cheap compared to other 4 year accredited universities (full time student typically pays $3,000 per semester). Overall WGU provides high quality education, provides the student greater flexibility on scheduling, and is cheaper than most other 4 year accredited universities. Would highly recommend Western Governors University to anyone. Overall

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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have attended the classic brick and mortar schools and this was my first "online" degree. The MBA Degree program involved competency based papers and some group work. The work was not terribly complex but the ability to research, understand, and produce results were all taught through these courses. This has helped me in my career as a manager and has given me a better understanding of what my CIO is looking for. I initially had trouble with a couple financial courses and I found that some of the classes had vague rubrics and caused me some distress. However, my mentor taught me a trick about the courses and what they are asking for and I found that that extremely helpful. I would recommend that before you start any course work or paper watch ALL the videos the course mentors put out on the respective courses. Each video ranged from 10 to 20 minutes but they provided invaluable ideas for completing the work successfully as well as tips on how to tackle the work. (These would include the gotchas) This has saved me countless hours of time and frustration. Over all I found the work challenging but the real challenge was the motivation to find the time and discover the answers to the courses through research, reading, online discussions, talking to mentors, and other professionals. If you are motivated and willing to do your own work this can be a school for you.

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Degree: Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I love WGU. I will have my bachelor's degree in about 3 months. The classes are not easy, but the mentors are amazing. They offer tons of webinars and online groups to help you get through courses. You only pay for the semester, not per credit. You can add on classes, finish your degree faster and save money.

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Bill Ross - 8 months ago

Just checking in...are you planning a job search?...Or, are you interviewing yet? Curious how employers are responding to your degree.

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KRISTINA ROBINS - 8 months ago

What was the total time from start to graduation?

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Alison Anderson - 8 months ago

I started June of 2012 and I will be done February of this year. I started off banging out classes, but then my life got insane. Some people have finished in a year. Bill I haven't job serached yet. My sister has her degree from here and it seems to help her.

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Dorothy - 6 months ago

A friend and I both attend WGU. I am in the Teacher's College, and she is in the RN to BSN program. Both of these programs expect students to work or volunteer in the field to gain experience as needed. She works full time as a nurse, and I volunteer in two elementary school classes. Both of us have already been offered jobs even though we don't graduate until the 2015 or 2016. The school district wants me to student teach with a retiring teacher and then take over her job at semester so that she can leave. The hospital has offered my friend a supervisory position. So yes, jobs are available and employers have no problem with WGU degrees!

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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2014
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If you want your education and are driven to achieve, this is a great degree program. The only negative is that if you work and are enrolled, sometimes course mentor hours are not expanded late enough in the evenings or all day on the weekends for assistance, but there are some after hours help. It is easy to get help and you can get as much help as you need.

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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have tried a few schools, but my experience at Western Governor's University was absolutely THE BEST!!! I just graduated with my B.S. in Accounting and am returning to the school to obtain my Master's in Accounting. Every experience I had with the school from dealing with my mentor to working with the finance department was A-1. Competency based learning isn't for everyone, so some will have negative comments about their experience, but WGU will always have a place in my heart an to me will always be the best.

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Degree: English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Before signing up with WGU, I looked online for reputable online programs. Many universities were offering MBA-type programs, but not many public or private schools were offering education degrees. Most seemed like degree mills that mostly wanted my money. I had no trouble buying into WGU's philosophy; demonstrate competence, work at my own pace, become an expert in my field, and graduate with a real degree that will help my career. I had an excellent mentor (Anita!) and almost a year later, I still look back at my experience with WGU with fondness. It was hard work, but I had a lot of online support, lots of clear instructions, and plenty to do to sharpen my skills. Meanwhile, I've been promoted, had my degree recognized by schools (as it is regionally accredited and National Board certified) and even turned my master's thesis into a published academic article. If you're interested in WGU for the education department, I can say that I am very impressed with the learning I was able to do for the price. I'm currently enrolled in a different M.Ed. program but I'm not as happy with it - even though my current school is more recognized. Go figure :) Good luck and trust in WGU. I'm currently

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Elizabeth Salas - 9 months ago

Hello Matthew, what was your overall cost of your Eduaction Degree?

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Beth - 8 months ago

If you have your Masters now why are you in another M. Ed. Program?

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Jess - about 1 month ago

Hi Matthew,

I'm very curious how the student teaching component works with the WGU MAT, could you elaborate a little bit on that process and assessment? I'm also interested in how you were paired with a cooperating teacher for your student teaching experience - did WGU partner you with someone in your area, or did you have to do the leg work? With teaching being such an interactive, collaborative profession, did you find that you missed crucial growth and learning opportunities by pursuing your MAT online, outside of the typical MAT cohort model? Also, how was your student teaching assessed? Did you have to video tape yourself and submit it to mentors? Or something else? Thanks so much for your time and feedback!!

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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The RN-BSN program is a cakewalk. I would give "0" stars if I could for quality of instruction if I could because WGU does not employ instructors- rather "course mentors" that did not truly help and seemed to only monitor the student message boards and post the rare Q&A to attempt to involve students. My degree helped my career and I would recommend it to others because it was so easy and cheap. It was basically a series of CLEP tests compared to a full 16-week semester at a regular university. Very few stars given overall because I honestly don't feel as if I learned any new information other than becoming the APA formatting queen. Will be going elsewhere for my Master's degree for a more challenging education

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David - 11 months ago

The quality of instruction you referred to is misleading. Like many other schools are going to, the approach in the school is "competency based", not instructional based. You don't have instructors because you are proving what you already know or learning on your own and then proving that you have a core competency.

If you didn't understand this going in then I can understand your confusion. This university is not for those who need course time to learn the subject matter, this is designed for career adults who have already mastered the subject matter and want to formalize it in the form of a degree.

There is still a lot of learning that can happen here, but not in the traditional manner.

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M Gibson - 11 months ago

If you are actually earning a post-secondary degree to "learn something," you're obviously going for the wrong reason. If you really wanted to learn about a subject, you would be doing that throughout your entire life. They grant you a degree for demonstrating your knowledge, for however a short a time you remember, when taking a test. You cannot learn anything in school that you cannot learn out of school. Go ask Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. But if you're so undisciplined that you need someone in the front of a physical classroom regurgitating a textbook for hours at 10 times the cost of learning on your own, a traditional brick and mortar school is definitely for you.

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Lennet Thompson - 11 months ago

Wow I feel like you are being attacked by these comments. Not every school format is for everyone. M Gibson why are you on here if you don't believe in higher education. I am glad to know that this format is designed to test your knowledge rather than teaching something new. I prefer the latter that doesn't mean that this model is not suitable for others.

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Mr. Roarke - 9 months ago

I wouldn't go so far as to accuse "undisciplined". There are different learning modes, and not everyone will excel in a traditional western classroom, just as not everyone will excel in an online mentor-accessible program. Find what works for you, and move forward without contempt for what others might desire or require.

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donnette - 6 months ago

Can you call me? I have some questions before starting 9734956528 thanks

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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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WGU is non profit so not as expensive and I like the way their program works. I had a student mentor that called me weekly the first six months then bi-weekly after. She helped me set goals and provided a lot of encouragement and assistance. Whenever I was having a problem I could count on her to either help me herself or get someone else at the university that was moire knowledgeable about my specific dilemma. You can get your Masters in two years. Semesters are 6 months and you work on a certain number of classes during that six months at your own pace. I heard about one student that finished all his requirements in less than a year, but it took me the full two years. As long as you finish all the classes, called CU's, you commit to taking each semester you can take as long or short a time as you need. I was working on a Masters in High School Math Education and I had an education class I finished in two weeks but I also had a math class that took me two months to get through. But I did it!! The classes are all pass/fail so your overall GPA will not show any real changes. Rather than conventional "tests" there are tasks you complete for each class. When you submit a task, it is reviewed and if changes are needed you work on it to fix it until it is correct. If you run into a problem, and just can't get past a task, there are course mentors that will provide guidance to get you on the right track. My diploma was mailed today. I cannot wait to get it

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James - 11 months ago

Tina, I was looking at this same program and am wondering what kind of depth these courses go. For instance, Calculus I, II, and III have the exact same course descriptions that my undergraduate classes took 13 years ago. What kind of assignments/assessments do they really ask of you? How many papers did you have to write?

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Tina - 11 months ago

The assignments are tasks that you complete and are sometimes pretty intensive. You do not just do a lot of problems and take an exam. You have to truly understand what the assignments are all about and explain the answers in depth. If your report is not thorough enough or is missing information you will get it back and have to resubmit it until it is correct. Each course has a different number of tasks. I guess average is maybe 5. I really learned a lot.

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chris - 7 months ago

T., have you been able to find a job? I fear employers would not take this school seriously.

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Tina - 7 months ago

I was already teaching while attending WGU so I did not need to look for a job. The school district I work for sends emails about educational opportunities on occasion and they recommended WGU in one of the correspondences.

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Frank - 7 months ago

For example: Ask clarifying questions, share your experience with this school, ask for more information (on classes, professors, career opportunities, etc.)Tina, you say you were already teaching while attending WGU, I take it you were also advised by WGU to this school?

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Jessica - about 1 month ago

Hi Tina,

I'm very curious how the student teaching component works with the WGU MAT, could you elaborate a little bit on that process and assessment? I'm also interested in how you were paired with a cooperating teacher for your student teaching experience - did WGU partner you with someone in your area, or did you have to do the leg work? With teaching being such an interactive, collaborative profession, did you find that you missed crucial growth and learning opportunities by pursuing your MAT online, outside of the typical MAT cohort model? Also, how was your student teaching assessed? Did you have to video tape yourself and submit it to mentors? Or something else? Thanks so much for your time and feedback!!

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