Western Governors University Reviews of Bachelor's in Cybersecurity

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  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Cybersecurity

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Mike
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"The school is in trouble with regulating bodies. Do not go here unless you're prepared to teach yourself out of a book for the sole means of instruction in every single class you take. Classes in a semester run consecutively not concurrently, so by the time you finish one class you are well past the normal drop/add period when you can withdraw without a financial penalty. You cant see what the rest of the classes look like. The first class had several videos and there was little bit of instructional material. Then it all went downhill from there. On my next class the professor hung a pdf of a textbook on the class website and that was it. It felt like a bait and switch. I paid for college and I got a pdf. Ridiculous. The rest of the classes are all text on webpages. There are no streaming lectures or any kind of effort made by the instructor. There is no didactic material to speak of. I have a friend teaching at community college that busts her ass every night to post lectures online. Khan academy made videos to teach differential calculus to ninth graders for FREE. Edx posts college lectures for FREE. With 136,000 students paying at least $3200 a semester this college is taking in $435 million every six months and....nothing but text? There is no excuse for this. Someone is profiting at the non-profit. I complained to my "mentor" in an email. No response. I complained to the Better Business Bureau. WGU responded publicly that any grievances with the university must be handled internally. Shady. I did some digging and found out that that school had been audited by the Department of Education in 2017 and the Inspector General proposed the biggest fine in the history of the Department (712 million). It is a correspondence program and not a Title IV online school (which normally has streaming lectures to fulfill an instructor-student communication requirement for federal aid) yet is still collecting money from federal loans and Pell grants as if it was Title IV compliant. In an attempt to get around the requirements, WGU created a "mentor" system to fulfill the amount of communication between instructor and student needed to be compliant. But these mentors aren't really instructors and have nothing to do with with your course, and act more like academic advisors. Yes the school is accredited, because if you survive it's high attrition rate you will know things, but that doesn't mean it follows normal teaching and business ethics, of even the law. You can find the OIG report here: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/auditreports/fy2017/a05m0009.pdf"
jdkelly156
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"WGU is truly unique and is not for everyone. If you are not a disciplined self learner then you may struggle with your studies. All course material is provided online and there is no peer interaction. I was okay with this since I like to study on my own. My only complaint would be the course instructors. The course instructors tend to be hands off unless you ask for assistance. Program mentors on the other hand are extremely valuable. My program mentor was amazing and really helped me stay motivated. I plan on returning and starting a masters program soon."
Jared
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Prenote: I was working as an IT Desktop Support agent and wanted to get into security and advance my career. I was making $48000 doing it back in 2015. Here it is 2021, have my Bachelors degree in Cybersecurity, have a lot of WGU sponsored certificates and am working as a so-called Security Analyst making $49,920. They say the skills don't warrant any more money and that it's just an online degree like U of Phoenix. I thought going to WGU would help me in some way to get a good paying job, to get out of that help desk IT role you get basically get out of high school. I was wrong. I graduated in 2019 with my Bachelor's in Cybersecurity and basically got re-type-casted as an online degree earner, who wants to work call center or driving jobs and am stuck under $50k a year because nobody trusts the degree and companies are only open to contracts with garbage benefits. I do get interviews here and there, but the majority of the time, all the requirements I match 100% and more but, they always find someone "Who more closely fits what they are looking for." How is that possible if I match 100%? Whenever I do interviews, they always ask, "What do they even teach you in those courses because in the real world none of that matters." I wasted my time doing these, when I was able to get certifications that employers look at like, "Who cares?" All that money to be labeled a "Certified Nobody with no skills." I let a few of them lapse already because they don't matter, anywhere."
Ian
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2019
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I earned my B.S. in Cyber Security and Information Assurance at WGU. I transferred in my Associates degree, and A+ certifications, which provided me with 68 transfer credits, and 54 credits to complete at WGU. I completed my degree in under two 6-month terms. I would suggest others to begin their college journey through their local community college, as I did, and transfer their Associates degree into WGU. This will provide you with a strong foundation in writing and collaborative skills in addition to time management with regard to assignments. It is important to note, that you need to be committed and have a tenacious/relentless personality with regard to "getting it done", as this is not a school intended to be "transferred out of". In other words, when fielding possible colleges for undergrad, understand you may not be able to transfer the classes out of this institution. However, they are regionally accredited, so your awarded degree will allow you to pursue a Masters degree at another college in the future. In other words, realize your degree will transfer to other schools--your individual classes will not. Since WGU uses a competency model, you need to plan on (and be okay with) being a "B" student. This means when you pass a class you are awarded a "Pass", which is associated with a "B" level GPA. If you are not okay with being a "B" level student, by all means choose another school. Because of the "Pass" and "B" grade across all classes, it is expected your written material is at the "B" level (in other words, you don't need to try as hard for an "A"). However, if you write an "A" paper, you receive an "Award of Distinction" signifying exceptional quality for the respective class. It is important to note, as a mid-career individual the degree means more to me (and my employer) than the GPA. If you lack experience and feel you need a 4.0 GPA to land your dream job, you may wish to choose another school. The added value of included certifications within my degree were a strong selling point. You are permitted two "paid for" attempts at each certification exam (CompTIA, ISC2, EC-Council, etc), additional attempts require additional cost. The low cost of tuition and inclusion of certifications was a strong selling point for me. I frequently purchased books and additional information to pass each exam on my first attempt, and supplement curriculum. In my opinion, you should be prepared to supplement the material with additional resources, such as certification books and practice tests. This did not bother me, as I appreciate the low cost of tuition--it only required prior planning to purchase these materials so I could include them in my student loans. It is important to note, there are reviewers that claim there should be more resources. However, this would increase the cost of tuition for the respective WGU school (i.e. WGU School of Information Technology). Another great feature is once you finish your last class in your program and the results are posted, your program mentor sends you a graduation application, and you graduate approximately 1-2 weeks later. You do not have to wait until the end of your term to receive your diploma. I really enjoyed when I wrote papers ("Performance Assessments") and submitted they would be put into a queue and typically be graded with results posted within 4-5 hours. I only found myself wanting everything to move faster--but WGU is already much faster with processing classwork than any other institution."
Anthony
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2018
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I am very happy with WGU and how they manage their classes and curriculum. I started off at a local school that had students taking finals with Google, so was happy when I saw all of the tests at WGU are proctored so you have to know the subject of the class. After talking with many hiring managers I have found out they have a lot of respect for graduates of WGU and have had many good experiences with hiring those who graduated before me. I haven't spent much time with course mentors, though my current student mentor had been helpful in figuring out which classes I should start next. This has allowed me to accelerate my courses in a much more efficient manner resulting in cutting off a years worth of time in my first year. Some courses seem a little easy for college coursework, though I know there will be some courses that are going to be rather difficult to complete, such as the CCSP."