Western Governors University Reviews
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HORRIBLE SCHOOL!!!!!! WGU is an absolute nightmare and a joke of an education. They have serious technical issues with their software that need addressed immediately. On 2 separate occasions technical difficulties interrupted my exam which caused me to lose the entire thing. I could have bursted out in tears when it happened. I spent nearly two hours working on a Statistics exam when this happened. The follow up I received was that it was a Bandwidth problem on my end. Sorry but I am not buying that crap both times it happened was when I was nearly finished with an exam. I have excellent high speed internet service through Fios and a brand new laptop it is not my issue. The course mentors must be taught to delay students to re-take an exam, I am assuming it is a financial thing since the cost of the school goes by term and not courses. My course mentor for Statistics would not let me re-take the exam for weeks until I received 100% on the "re-mediation plan". The course mentor sends you all of this material that isn't even required to complete. WGU's hours are not friendly to people who work on their course work and exams in the evening hours. Think twice before enrolling in this school, the bad reviews about this school unfortunately are correct. They claim the school is accredited but the creditors aren't even well known. Pathetic!!
Please take caution!! I have completed 32 CUs in three months and I am now being intentionally held up by the course mentors. The course mentor refuses to help she makes appointments to call me then I never hear from her. I have reached out to the evaluation department to obtain information about needed revisions and I am told it is against school policy for a student to be told what revisions are needed. I have written 7 previous scholarly papers all of which were given a 4 on the rubric. I find it very difficult to understand why now this last class there are issues especially since this class only counts for 2 CUs. Upon completion of this class I will graduate and cut 9 months of my projected graduation. I can not help but believe there is some motive behind delaying me and I am sure it is financially motivated.
The work is easily but you have to stay on top of the mentors. They without a doubt intentionally hold up your pace and intentionally send work back. I turned the same paper in three times, making no corrections just to test this theory out. On my third attempt and after being held up weeks for advancement my paper was given a 4 in all areas of the rubric whereas on each previous attempt marked as needs revision.
While the concepts and price are appealing it only shows how far behind we are with the worlds Universities. Of course the Ivy League schools are exempt from this critique since they are indeed the best brick and mortar schools in the world. I already have a degree from animals to see how difficult it is to get an online degree in the US without spending too much money. My initial interview went very well and it was supposedly with my mentor that as soon as I started the program quit the university or went to another department. The mentor I got assigned completely useless and as other people said did you try to slow you down instead of help you. In any case I decided to not even study and just register for the exams, which i all passed to my enormous surprise. Coming from Europe I had to freshen up on US history and the Constitution but all the technical curriculum was so simple (disclaimer I've been in the IT field for 30 years). In any case you know IT Systems you can easily get your bachelors degree in 8 months.
I enjoyed attending WGU, the school extends great assistance to help one complete school. Once your assignments are submitted, great feedback is provided in order to ensure comprehension. Taking assessments is very convenient as I was able to go to a local university in my town. The mentor I had made every effort to ensure that I was on schedule and always extended a helpful hand to direct me to the proper authority if I had any question regarding my degree or loans, etc. However, from my experience no employer I have had or employment I have sought after recognized my degree, this degree has not been helpful in climbing the ladder as it were.
After working in the IT field for 18 years, I reached a point that I was not going to be able to advance further in my organization without a degree. Brick-and-mortar schools never worked for me. They are too slow. I decided to try WGU because it would let me work at my own pace for a fixed cost (~$3k per 6-month term). I have not been disappointed! My previous schooling, certifications and experience resulted in 45 transfer-in credits, with 86 remaining. WGU required students to complete 12 units per term. Since starting, I have complete the following number of units per term: 21, 17, 16, 16, 16. One class took me a couple months because I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Several classes took me between 1 - 5 days because it was stuff I have been doing for years and just needed to brush up and take the test. This is truly an at-your-pace program. WGU works well for just about anyone that doesn't need the classroom interaction of a professor and other students. Study and quiz times are completely up to you. All materials are completely online, and absolutely everything you need is provided within the cost of the term. There is no required homework or quizzes. All that matters is the final. In some programs, like IT, many of the "finals" are major industry certification tests, for which you get the certification in addition to the completion of the course. The mentors are pretty good about keeping you on track and motivated. How often, and which mentors you choose to work with is up to you. You are required to work with your primary mentor, especially during your first term. If you are a self-starter and absorb course material well, that may be all you need. I haven't really utilized the course-specific mentors at all. If you do need a little topic specific assistance though, the course mentors are there for you, and often offer online group coaching. WGU is a great school and well worth looking into. I will always recommend them. Without WGU and the format they offer, I would have had a very hard time completing my degree.
I just started my degree at WGU last November. I don't see big problems with school. Everything really depends on you. The more hours you put in the faster you will graduate. I will post additional review when more time passes. But so far so good. Another thing I like that program includes many nationally recognized certificates that will look good on your resume even before graduate.
WGU is an amazing school. Students do need to be self motivated in order to accelerate through the program. Love the support that I received from WGU. I am almost finished with my MSN, but gradated with my BSN last year. This school is affordable as well making it possible to obtain both my BSN and MSN without the use of student loans. The only con was getting my transcripts approved. This was a long process, but once I was in, I have had no problems at all.
I'm 52 years old and a life long learner. I graduated from college 30 years ago and received my MBA 20+ years ago. I had a problem with my student mentor at WGU. Not only did my mentor not help me, my mentor intentionally slowed my pace so it would take longer for me to graduate. BTW, I could teach most of the classes that I took at WGU and I certainly don't need a mentor. I wasn't taking classes because I needed another piece of paper to get a job ( I have the best job / career a person could hope for). When I got close to finishing my third degree, my mentor put the brakes on. I was told that I could not take classes in the 6th month of my term. I searched the Internet and found that MANY people had experienced the same thing. In fact, there are multiple websites that WGU mentors have started to complain about WGU. So, it turns out that WGU is more interested in money than student sucess. It means little to me except that as an advocate for education, I find it disturbing that WGU is just like the other 'online' schools....they want money, not successful graduating students. I would warn anyone to stay away from WGU and go to a real school.
Great school, the program was very up to date and challenging. I learned a ton from attending school here while working as a manager at a Fortune 500 company. The program teaches a lot of rigorous up to date techniques and skills from a lot of the top companies in the world. I would definitely recommend attending school here.