Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
Aloha, I currently live on the island of Maui and after attending University of Hawaii for a few semesters I realized that I wanted to attend an online based education. I started this journey at Argosy University Online which was a joke and took a break for a couple months and then extensive research I found Western Governers University. Their enrollment department counselor M.G. was very informative and courteous in helping in my enrollment and am looking forward to finishing up my Bachelors degree in Business Management under this degree plan. -B.
I am about to graduate with a Bachelor's degree from WGU. All I can say is that I could not have finished a 4 year degree any other way. I am in my 40's, work full-time and finally found a way to afford to turn my Associate's into a Bachelor's. If you have an Associate's degree and know how to write and study at a college level, you can do this! This college is not for young, inexperienced students who need constant help and to have someone keep them on track. For someone like me, an honor student at my community college and up to the challenge, WGU is PERFECT. It is challenging...the college is extremely rigorous about ID...everything is done by proctor or via a webcam...no notes or books during tests...it is HARD! I finished my last 2 years of college in 6 months...if you put in 30-40 hours a week and plan your strategy carefully, you can accelerate like I have and WGU encourages you and stays out of your way while you do it! So, here I am....the secretary with a Bachelor's degree! I think I will get another degree and a Master's so I can put MBA behind my name next to the title of 'Secretary'...ha! Hopefully soon, I will be able to pursue some of my career goals. :)
This form of education is not for everyone. If you need to sit in front of an instructor giving lectures, and interact with them to learn- this may not be a good choice for you. But if you can learn independently out of a book, recorded lectures and media, and interactive courses and lectures online- this is a great way to finish your degree! It was challenging at first, but within a few weeks I had understood the learning process needed for the program to work out for me.
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.
I am so appreciative of WGU I have been through so much in life and no matter what my mentor was there for me, the school really has helped me through all my trails and tribulations and I am a true believer that with people that are there to help in school you will succeed , there were times where I wanted to give up but I stat strong with the help of WGU and their entire staff , they are truly a blessing to me because they offer so many tools to help you get closer to your dreams and its up to you as a individual to put forth an effort to work hard study and use what they give you and believe me you will pass you will get through it and they will always try their best to accommodate you in anything you need , from counseling, to job seeking to guidance and I have come so far with them. I learn I am a online school student. Put the work in and you will get out what you need. WGU is a awesome school and the care whether to do well.
After finishing my degree program in March of this year, and waiting to write a review of WGU after a few months, I can honestly give the closest to an objective review of my experience here I can. I found the almost the entire program to an experience that was frustrating and torturous! This university's program is basically for people who are working or, perhaps, not really ready for the full university experience. I'm a reasonably intelligent person and found this education with "training wheels" limited and stultifying. While in community college, I discovered that I had a knack for writing. Almost every paper I received after grading were marked with comments of: "well written", "good research", and "interesting perspective." I love writing so much that I even took three journalism classes and wrote for the school paper. That love of writing was nearly ruined by WGU and the inane writing style you must adopt to pass papers and classes. This is done because all papers are graded by a third party and not by any kind of instructor. The people who grade your paper are looking for key words and phrases and not the serious content of your paper. I found out that I had to devolve my writing style to the ninth grade high school level and fill my papers with bulleted points and simple sentences made to be scanned easily by some disinterested person sitting six states away from me. I call this "assembly line" writing and it very nearly bored me to tears. And then there's the reading, there is so much duplication, I wonder if the people who decide what you read has actually read what they want you to read. For more than one class I had to read as much as twenty chapters from two books to prepare for a test. I have no problem with reading, but when there are five overlapping chapters between the two books. I certainly would have gotten through the reading quicker if I were not reading several duplicated chapters of information presented slightly differently. Lastly, the people in the Financial Aid office are only slightly nicer SEPTA train conductor or the Einsatzgruppen!
I luv WGU. It gave me a chance to relieve my self. I have plenty of bounce checks and court bookings and bankrupcies but they do not care since they hired me anyhow and now I work in enrolments of studants and can get my class's on the cheap. I can do it all from the house too which's nice. I am planning to do some at work in batween calls too so I can get done early. This would be a good school if you are in prison due to the issue of not being able to go any where. I truey luv it and praise jesus for the chanceto relieve my self. It is cheap too. Check it out.
Firstly, let me say that I did not go through the financial aid process so can't comment on that. That being said, I can only image that it is Byzantine at best regardless of the school you attend. Why WGU? It is accredited and it is online, allowing for the flexibility I needed to complete my degree. My work and business travel schedule prohibited me from going to a traditional school that has strict attendance requirements and rigid schedules. In addition, my salary did not allow me to apply for financial aid so their set tuition suited my needs. That is why the set tuition, regardless of credits completed, was great for me. Additionally, I liked that I could "set my own pace". There were some courses that I felt, after years of personal and professional development, were "tedious" because I already had knowledge of the content area. Granted, the self-pacing/self-study was daunting because you have to be motivated AND organized to handle this type of learning process. Luckily, I have always thrived in this type of environment. So be forewarned that your own personal motivation and organization are the key to your success. The courses (assignments and tests). The online proctoring of tests was tedious in that there are many technical requirements that need to be met (internet connection, virus software, operating systems/computer types, etc.). That being said, it seems to be this way every time technology is involved. I feel for our IT department at work dealing with the "confusion" of us non-IT mortals! :-D Regardless, I got through it. In addition, when turning in assignments, I found it helpful to use a software program such as Grammarly that would give me a % score with regards to possible plagiarism or duplicate online content. This is because WGU, like many universities, puts your written assignments through the Turn-It-In online system used by many universities today. The assignment is given a % score based on perceived duplicated content through an online scan/search. You MUST be aware of this and address the issue BEFORE turning in an assignment to save the need for revision. Also, I would recommend actually reading the rubrics of the requirements they will be looking for in each assignment. Having a rubric checklist that I "checked off" prior to submission helped to save time with regards to resubmission and corrections. The courses (tutoring and instruction) Finally, if you require significant tutoring on subjects, this university may not be suitable since it is primarily for working professionals with a strong sense of self-management and individual initiative. There are course mentors to call on but they will usually guide you to where to find the information you need. Some will also provide online study groups or learning sessions for those struggling. But you should not expect a "classroom teaching environment". If that is what you need, you should go back to university full-time in a classroom environment. All in all, I have to say it was a great experience that allowed me to complete my degree after years of wanting to but not having a higher education university model that could fit my full-time working needs.
I graduated from WGU in June of 2012. Before enrolling in WGU I completed an Associates Degree in Business Management from my local community college. I also had taken several courses at an expensive traditional school. Most of my credits transferred in. This helped to speed up the process. I found the course exam/final paper difficulty at WGU comparable to both the traditional school and the community college. However, there are no official classes or a professor explaining the subject matter chapter by chapter. This is not a traditional school with traditional courses. It is up to the student to seek out what he or she does not understand. I read the suggested material and did the suggested exercises. At one point, I was confused about a writing assignment and couldn't figure it out myself. I set up an appointment with their "writing center". A professional writing tutor gave a a great 1/2 hour session online in real time and over the phone. I figured out what I was doing wrong, and moved forward. At another point, I didn't understand a concept and I contacted the course mentor who helped me understand what I was stuck on. If you do not have good time management skills, are not self motivated, or procrastinate, this college is not for you. Six months after graduating, I went from a "job" at a small office to a "career" at a large company. I had the ability, experience, and the skill to get the career prior to WGU, but I just didn't have the ticket (the degree) to get my foot in the door. Thanks to WGU, I tripled my salary and walked away without debt. Not bad for a $3000 investment (that includes the digital textbooks). If you are considering WGU and you're looking for the "ticket" for the next step in your career; I highly advise you to take the leap. I wish I would have done it sooner.
I will finish my degree in December(at my current rate) after two years work. Classes have been easy, hard and in between. Most courses are part of a domain. For example, each course is really 2 separate classes. One class requires a test to complete and the other requires a series of tasks to be completed to prove competency. I found the tasks much more difficult than studying for the tests and required me to go deeper in the material. After reviewing the courses and accreditation with my company, they agreed to pay 80 % of my tuition. That means I will only pay a total of 3000 dollars for my entire education. Even if I were paying for everything myself, it would still be a bargain. I have learned a lot. In addition to the course material, I love how most tasks require the use of Excel, Word or Power Point and other standard business applications. The negative reviews on this site baffle me.