Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in AccountingSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
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.
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!
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.
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.
I am finishing up my third term at WGU and will graduate next year (Dec 2019) with a Bachelor of Science, Accounting degree. This is not a degree program for the freshly graduated high school student. Its a degree for a busy, working adult that is competent but needs the piece of paper to prove it. Im not the type of person that enjoys lectures and homework. I want to learn the material, test and move on. If this sounds like you, WGU, Accounting is perfect.
Wgu does not care about students walking across the stage and being proud of what they have achieved. I called the student services about the graduation ceremony and they told me that they would choose where the most students graduate and not care for other students that may have to drive 2-8 hours on the road to attend it. This is crazy and now I may never walked across the stage because WGU is selfish and just money hoarders. I would go somewhere else that respects students walking across the stage. Go to h***, WGU.
My course mentor and student mentor could not agree on my sequence of classes. I had to retake an exam and on my third attempt I could not get it approved due to the disagreements. Also they felt I had test anxiety so I had to meet with their psychologist. I felt I had to jump thru so many hoops, and that they had more control over my progress then a normal schedule in other universities. The school may be cheaper but I was beyond frustrated and stressed about not finishing in the term allotted due to challenges beyond my control.
The Bachelor's of Science in Accounting at WGU was absolutely outstanding. WGU, as whole, is a fantastic school for anyone, but especially if you are a non-traditional student with a busy work and life schedule. It deserves all the praise and more that it gets--much more. The accounting program at WGU is very thorough, and the bottom line people want to hear--I was able to get a job with my degree. I was actually hired as an accountant seven months before I finished the accounting program at WGU. I was able to solve real-life problems right away, and I can credit WGU for this, and after speaking with others that graduated from 'traditional', four-year universities, ones that only provide nice, clean problems with a very clear solutions when it comes to accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, etc., WGU's program is ahead of the curb. It prepares professionals more so than the traditional university. I was able to advance to supervisory accountant within two years. I was going to go for my CPA, but an opportunity at a local college was too great to pass up. I am now pursuing an online MBA degree in hopes to further advance my career, and yes, I am doing so through WGU. WGU is special because it is so unique, they do not hold you back with time constraints, they present materials to you throughout the program that force you to critically think. I hope in-time that WGU gets more and more praise, because they are what universities are just now realizing they should strive to be. WGU is a pioneer and I expect to be at the leading edge of some of the top-ranked universities someday.
I wanted to point out that this was a very difficult school to complete classes. I thought a new wave of learning and using a competency based approach was useful for us as students, but I hate to say it, I was completely and undeniably wrong. It absolutely didn't work for me at all. The school has two ways of giving credits for courses, it's either an objective assessment (multiple choice questions) or a performance based assessment (rubric / analytical / essay questions). I was in the accounting program and I was disgusted by my results with the program. I didn't have much help from the course mentors on most of my classes and the professors don't really contact you all that often. They say they care about wanting to help you, but I didn't really feel that way at all with them. It took me several months to try to pass classes and it wasn't easy. The unique thing about this school is you can take exams in the comfort of your own home, but the problem is the exams are all proctored via a webcam that the school distributes. And it's the fact that you can't use any notes or textbook resources to help get through the exams. I think what really upset me is that if you fail an assessment, you don't know what mistakes you made and I thought that you learn in school by learning from your mistakes. The motto at WGU doesn't have a learn from your mistakes principle. It's more like you will struggle and you won't get the help you need to pass the assessments. And with the accounting degree, almost all the exams are objective based assessments. And I'll be honest, even though you don't have to turn any assignments in for objective based assessment courses, you have little to no leverage on the courses as you are only tested on assessments (one exam for each course that determines if you can pass). You are also tested on the entirety of a course with no outside resources and only a whiteboard that can be wiped easily (which the school provides) and only distinct calculators that the school recommends. I think if all schools were to stick with a competency based approach to passing courses, it would be ludicrous to assume that everyone would pass. I learned alot for each class I passed at this school but it was extremely tough and am deciding on going somewhere else. It is pathetic to see how long it takes me to pass a class. And I feel like I haven't accomplished anything when I take a stupid assessment and don't pass. This style of learning hasn't advanced jack sh^t in a career for me. I'm still in a dead end job and I'm still struggling to find a legitimate career. And by the way, this is my second degree I'm trying to complete. My first degree was in civil engineering where I attended a traditional in person campus. I felt like I accomplished so much more over there and never failed any classes in that university. But I'm not happy with the fact that I still haven't found a career job and am still stuck in my useless dead end job that has a garbage salary, no progression, and pathetic opportunities to advance. I really hate the situation I'm in and I never realized that having an applicable degree will cause you to work a job that only entails an education that is less than a G.E.D. It's absolutely pathetic and disgraceful as SH^T!!! And I'm really getting tired of where my life is right now. All the hard work I did in college has done absolutely nothing to give me a career in something. I realized now that all I ever really needed was a high school diploma to be honest and live that futile paycheck to paycheck salary bullsh^t. And I say this because I didn't utilize any of my essential mathematical, science, and logical reasoning skills whatsoever in a job. I'm absolutely disgusted with everything that has been going on in my life. I haven't seen an opportunity in anything since I've been born and it's pretty sad considering how educated I am. I say this with deep regret but it is the pathetic truth! I have been in stagnation in the futile job I do and am in stagnation at WGU. What a great wonder of futile and bs digression. I haven't seen progression at all. And people who say that education can give you opportunities is an idiot and doesn't know sh^t. Im living proof that education has done nothing for me based on my current stupid job and the education I received in college has never gotten me a career either. Overall though, I wouldn't recommend WGU to anyone, unless they do a very easy major, but based on how these assessments are conducted where you cant learn from your mistakes and you cant use any outside resources for exams and you are really only tested on one objective based or performance based assessment for each course makes it that much more difficult to pass a class. It has been a total fluke to say the least for me and Im really surprised too that getting through bachelors level classes can be this pathetically hard considering I got through a BS in Civil Engineering. Im still confused by the whole situation. No thank you to WGU and no thank you to America for not giving me the opportunities I really wanted but NEVER got a chance at EVER!!!
I was able to transfer my associates degree and then get 2 years of school done in 6 months! Totally have to be a self starter but it got the job done and helped me get a great job. Considering going back to get my masters degree here soon! I would highly recommend this school.