Western Governors University Reviews - Computer Programming

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1.0 out of 5 stars
Tim - 2/16/2013
Degree: Computer Programming
Graduation Year: 2013
"WGU was the biggest mistake of my life. I'm still attending, but courses as WGU have been a burden since I started. From the beginning I criticized the program. I didn't know that WGU's "mentor-guided learning model" meant you have a mentor who basically just calls once every few weeks to verify you're actually studying. There are no teachers. No one to instruct you or assist you when you're stuck and can't comprehend the material. You are expected to teach yourself but reading books and doing various hands-on exercises before taking assessments, which are certification exams, proctored exams you can take at home with a person watching you via video cam, or assignments you turn into to contracted graders.My story is that I've spent over a year and a half in the software engineering degree program. I've done well on every assessment thus far. Finally, I'm nearing the end of my program and that's when they throw the two most challenging IT certifications at you. Having only had a little experience programming Java they expect you to study an 800-page textbook online on passing the Java certification exam, an industry exam that many seasoned Java programmers struggle to pass. I failed...twice. I knew it would be difficult, but I thought I might just pass. Well, I didn't. The second time, even with the "guidance" of the course mentor, who basically did little to help, I got a score 2% lower than my first attempt. And the exam is the benchmark. Even though I'm just a few percentage points shy of the passing score, it's no good. You MUST pass the exam. Period. Many students are transferred into other programs at this point because they can't pass it. So after months of hard work and dedication I'm forced to either quit school without attaining my degree, or transfer into another program and hope that I don't get stuck in the same situation again.Understand that the programs are rigid, inflexible, and often require you to study for what is essentially one big final exam. You're tested on everything once to get your passing grade. So you study tirelessly in hopes that you pass. There are no quizzes, homeworks, projects, etc. in many of these classes to allow those who may not do well on big exams to recover and get a passing grade. There is no opportunity for make-up work or extra credit. It's a very firm line that is set and cannot be moved. Being along and having no help, WGU can keep their program. Some students like it. But I find many are woefully frustrated by it and only stick with it because they've invested too much time and money to quit. And transferring credits is practically fruitless, as most colleges won't take them, as there is no GPA. They don't know what to do with you."
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