Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in BusinessSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
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.