Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Accounting

3.6 out of 5 stars
(44 Reviews)
73% of 44 students said this degree improved their career prospects
66% of 44 students said they would recommend this program to others
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4.0 out of 5 stars
Jerry S. - 3/17/2020
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"First off, let me state that in my opinion, most of the people who complain about this school are unable to make it all the way to graduation and then give WGU a fair review. Again, in my opinion, these complainers came to the school expecting a pay-for-degree hand-holding online business transaction. Newsflash: WGU IS A REAL UNIVERSITY, and will put you through the wringer to really make you earn your degree. This is exactly the way I want it, because rough programs like WGU's demand respect. Granted the first term or two may seem easy enough, but courses soon increase in difficulty by orders of magnitude. At this point, the stakes are high because you've already invested so much in your introductory terms. The school does not accept just any random applicant. You must meet their admissions criteria first, which often means having an AA - or at least some college credit - or, failing that, several years of real work experience under your belt. Good. The WGU Business degrees are ACBSP accredited, the course of study is rigorous, and the core exams that comprise the degree can be more difficult than at a traditional college (I've graduated from both). The mentors are helpful, and most of the course instructors I worked with were quick to respond, in addition to being extremely knowledgeable CPAs and doctorate-holders. Of course there are a few course instructors who should not be there, but you can say that about any school. *****HOWEVER*****, recently WGU has decided to "lighten up" its accounting program. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting no longer exists for new students, and in its place is the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting. I have no idea why the school would choose to water down such a rigorous degree, but the two are NOT the same. The new "Accounting" degree does not contain some of the difficult and important classes needed to be a "complete" accountant. One class, particularly known for being a killer, has been eliminated from the new degree. In my opinion, WGU took a step backwards and hurt its reputation a bit by doing this. Keeping a full BSAcc degree would continue to propel them down the path to becoming an even better school. -BS, Accounting graduate (I completed the real BSAcc degree, not the BSBA replacement)"
2.3 out of 5 stars
beancounter - 1/26/2020
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2020
"Words that are thrown around regarding success at WGU: motivated, self-starter, independent learner, competency. These are pretty indicative of what people need to convince themselves about themselves to succeed as they go through a course of study at this school. It’s also what you are told in advance before you start. It’s bootstrap baloney or kool-aid, but if it works for you, I think that’s great. You’ll maybe, possibly do very well, but please let’s not imply that people who cut their losses and go to a school with actual educators or just suffer disappointment with this one don’t have those qualities too. They just need the music that goes with the lyrics. If, like me, you are realistic (on top of hard working and independent and motivated), it will be difficult not to wonder when all those fine qualities you have aren’t cutting through the misery of the WGU experience, why that might be? WGU is contradictory on so many levels. First, you can earn a teaching degree here, but they have no teachers, no solid structure for lessons, novice-level PowerPoint lectures...ahem, “cohorts”, with terrible audio and perpetual chat, inconsistent study guides, poorly written self published texts and outdated professionally written learning material, and lots of referrals to look elsewhere to other poorly created learning materials. After wading through shoddy lessons that need editing, reorganization and correction, I have often found myself wondering why the course mentors are not actually working in their experience professions. My program mentor isn’t even familiar with business, let alone accounting. She’s really good at pressure to meet her goals, and alternating pep talks with negativity. I utter under my breath regularly, “I can’t believe I’m paying for this” and something I never considered might happen while attending college, “I think I’m getting dumber.” Second, competency-based learning is anything but. Competency requires the ability to apply in real life (hands-on experience or skills), rather than the ability to learn the tricks to study to a multiple choice test every 6 weeks or include the elements needed in a paper to be graded by and satisfy a bot. I passed an written assessment where my bot missed an entire section that I completed and scored incompetent, to which my program mentor told me, “Move on. You passed, that’s all that matters.” For a detail oriented person pursuing accounting, that’s alarming. The system grading your competency isn’t even competent, and nobody cares as long as you pass. So, while that phrase sounds appealing, and I agree that we need competent people in today’s workforce, it’s just one of those words thrown around by WGU without taking its definition into consideration. Finally, something visible in reviews and on various online message boards is what should be painfully obvious, WGU is a good way for people who are ALREADY working in their degree’s industry to acquire a piece of paper to show for it. In that instance, WGU is great. Seriously. We need to tip the equality scales somehow. However, I personally would NOT trust or hire a person with no experience who fast tracked their way through a degree here to handle my physical health, my children’s education, my money, or my internet technology. After laboring through self taught studies that mostly take place outside of the subpar learning resources, the best I have to show for it (even when supposedly “exemplary” and competent) is a 3.0 degree, which is also the score I would give WGU. For the record, my 3.0 doesn’t equal competent, it equals meh."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't do it! - 12/14/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2020
"The comments in here about the lack of support for their Accounting program is absolutely TRUE! When I signed up for this school over 2 years ago, I was told there were excellent on-line texts and supporting resources, including live and recorded cohorts for all classes. It is NOT true. Most of the Accounting program classes have zero cohorts to one or two outdated recordings with outdated info. The "course instructors" or "mentors" or whatever they call them this month can't even do the problems in the less than 2.5 minutes given in the assessment. So pretty much, support stinks and you will be teaching yourself all this stuff. It is very frustrating. I would never, ever, ever do this again. I am down to my final 2 classes and you cannot believe the struggles. Yeah, some people can pass these courses, but you will find that most of them either have a ton of experience and know Accounting fairly well or they are just excellent test takers. I am neither. I have another month to finish one (Cost & Managerial Accounting C250) before I have to pay for another term to complete my final class (Accounting Capstone). I know a few others in the same boat and what most of us are doing is hanging in there to see if we can get through the last one or two courses and if not - we're out of here and going elsewhere. REALLY BE CAREFUL!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jerry S. - 12/11/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"I encourage anyone with even a passing curiosity to learn the history of this non-profit university founded by state governors. The WGU Business degrees are ACBSP accredited, the course of study is rigorous, and the core exams that comprise the degree can be more difficult than at a traditional college. The mentors are helpful, and most of the course instructors are quick to help and extremely knowledgeable. Of course there are a few who should not be there, but you can say that about any school. In my opinion, most of the people who complain about this school are unable to make it all the way to graduation and then give WGU a fair review. -BS, Accounting graduate."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jimmy G - 9/10/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"While I really excelled at WGU, it is not for everyone. At WGU, you are responsible for your own success- you have plenty of resources available, but you are required to teach yourself the material. In the Business Department- many of the classes have live or prerecorded "lectures" to help you, but in order to pass the class you will still need to review the material. WGU's setup is perfect for working adults who already have experience in the workplace, as you will have already learned about many things informally in the workplace. While you are required to pass certain courses, you have the ability to do those in almost any order as you which. There is also a really great balance of Exam based courses and Paper/Project based courses. I've raved about WGU to almost anyone who will listen, as I think their Competency based model is the model of the future when it comes to Higher Education. Since graduating with my degree, I've been promoted 3 times and have significantly increased my salary. WGU has completely changed the trajectory of my career."
4.5 out of 5 stars
KennyB - 9/7/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"I love love love! Western Governors University. I love the concept; that some students would benefit from a competency based education presented with legitimate instruction, effective support and professional staff. I love my student mentor, Audrey, and her persistence in making sure I completed my classes on continued my education. I don't believe I would have completed the program without her. I love the idea that my ability to complete a course isn't determined by preset semesters or quarters that arbitrarily dictate how long it will take a student to learn the subject; not taking into account the student's proficiency or lack thereof in each subject. I love that there is a university not driven by money money money. I attended several community colleges which are affordable but often has personnel the resemble other government agencies like DMV, the IRS and state agencies. I attend USC (Univ of Southern California) and I loved it there and really appreciate what I was able to achieve there but I could never shake the fact that my education there was going to cost approximately $150,000 and knowing that the school has billions in cash and even more billions in net assets and still find it necessary to charge higher and higher tuition year after year. I felt hypocritical participating in that system just because I enjoyed the pageantry and history there. WGU is the perfect mix of affordability, student support and effective learning. Overall, I love that I got my degree from WGU and that I'm preparing to start the Masters of Accountancy followed by the MBA program. My only disappointment is that there is no doctorate program. If you're reading this WGU please please please! offer a doctorate program. I would be the first in line."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Don't Do WGU - 4/5/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2020
"Myself and many others have been struggling along at WGU because the support for the accounting program stinks. The professors are called Course Mentors and really just answer questions about the study guide and occasionally conduct a live "cohort" which is just them talking about, well, pretty much nothing. Their standard answer is that they can't get specific because they don't even know what's on the exam because they don't make it up. You try to make appointments with Course Mentors when you have a question, but 90% of the time, when you need an appointment to talk, none exist, so it is worthless. The cohorts cover just a very small piece of the large amount of material you have to know and cover on your own, so it doesn't coincide with the course text/material. It is very different from other on-line schools that have structured classes held on a regular basis and they cover the material you need to know. I think WGU maybe have just pushed the envelope with their accounting courses, yet students in other majors seem to be able to "accelerate" through their courses better than those in Accounting. I wouldn't do this again-that's for sure, unless they update their courses and have better student support because you essentially have to know every darn thing in the books, work every problem, struggle and hope that you pick the right multiple choice answer because so many are worded so stupidly and you cannot even figure out sometimes what they are even asking. Originally I had hoped to continue here for my Master's in Accounting, but that's an absolutely NO after this. I would suggest you talk to some actual students and get their "take" on this before you commit to WGU."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Live and Learn - 4/4/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"Please read what others say about this school for their Accounting Degree. It is so true that the support for the required classes are just not there. You are basically teaching yourself these concepts. Reading horrible textbooks, listening to what they call "cohorts" that are a joke with little to no value in the content. The Course Mentors or Instructors or whatever they are calling them this month are really just not very helpful. Remember that old saying, "You get what you pay for" because it is so true here for this degree program. If I could do it again, I would be at a brick and mortar school for this type of degree. I just PRAY I can get my last 9 courses done so I can be done with this place!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Theresa J Williams - 1/22/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"I needed additional finantial assistance and thought Going to school was going to be a great way for me to supplement my income. I later found out WGU has what they call the responsible borrowers initiative. Which In a nut shell If you have already over X amount of dollars in student loan debt they will not allow you To borrow loans. I believe That it should be the student's choice if they need to borrow student loans not the schools. This is pretty frustrating for me because I'm a single mom and I needed additional finantial help while I was studying. If I woulda known that I was going to be opted in to This program that does not allow you to borrow student loans I would have never attended the school. If you have any financial need and you already have loans do not go to this school because they will limit you on what you can borrow I wish I would have found a review online that informed me of this."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Mark from MO - 1/3/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"The accounting department course instructors are unresponsive and not helpful at all. One accounting dept. instructor (Bryan Dixon) promised on three occasions additional study material for Taxation 2 but failed to get the information to me. The tests for Taxation 1, 2 and Managerial Acctg. are not written by the same company that writes their tests. The pre-assessments have a massive disconnect between info learned from the text and videos vs the final assessments. The course instructors are not allowed to know what is on the final assessment so don't expect any help in specific areas that may cause you trouble. WGU may be okay for other degrees, but for accounting they provide no support to the student at all. It's frustrating to say the least."
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