Western Governors University Reviews - Network Security

4.43 out of 5 stars
(6 Reviews)
100% of 6 students said this degree improved their career prospects
83% of 6 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
awendli - 7/14/2019
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended three different brick and mortar schools until finding WGU. Hands down the best collegiate experience I've had. Competency based learning is the future! I felt more engaged and more apart of a community than I ever did at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga or Central Texas State. I engage more with my program mentor and the WGU community than I did at other schools. I remember talking to a counselor one time before starting class at UTC and that was the extent of their involvement. If you are a working professional, this place is built for you. Overall a wonderful experience. Can't wait to start my Masters Program here! Go Night Owls!!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
Jeff B - 1/29/2018
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2017
"WGU allowed me to complete my Bachelors degree on my terms (for the most part). I was able to transfer in previous college credit and was rewarded for employment experience (industry certifications). The cost to attend also did NOT break our budget! Some of the reviews i've read talk about the irritating weekly calls, yes, they are annoying, but 1 hour per week (and their schedule is extremely flexible) should be no reason to give WGU a bad review. If i were starting all over (and i will be as i will be signing up for my Masters degree this spring) i'd definitely attend WGU. I've already turned my brother on to WGU as well as 2 co-workers! Thanks WGU!"
4.7 out of 5 stars
J - 10/8/2017
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2017
"I really loved WGU's Bachelor of Information Technology program. I transferred in an Associate degree, accelerated, got caught up by life and still finished in the listed 2 1/2 years. A few points: - This is self driven (but not independent) learning. You must have the drive. Your mentor is there to help you figure things out and keep you on track. The course mentors are like teachers, interaction is available, 1 on 1 or in webinars and cohort learning. - The degree is respected by employers, and if its not, at least in IT, you have certs to back up your knowledge too - It is HARD, even with prior knowledge. - Your mentor works for you, if you dont get along or they arent giving you what you need, ask to be moved. - Student services can help with almost anything, or point you to who can. I see all these comments about the FASFA's grad rate. Please actually read that statistic, it is percentage of FIRST TIME college attendees that go on the graduate at that college. WGU very rarely even takes anyone with zero college experience. They would need tons of work experience in field. So that stat means practically nothing. And if you have no college experience and expect online to be "easier" you will fail out of WGU. WGU is accredited, credits do transfer out (i was contemplating moving after I started my masters degree but decided to stay), and they are taken for grad school requirements. I should be done with my masters in a year and Im already talking to my doctoral school. No issues. This is not an "academic focused" school. Not for research and theory. Its real life, real skills. Industry certification."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Rico Randall - 12/16/2016
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2013
"WGU is an amazing school for a self starter especially if that person does not need very much assistance and is able to research and find answers. I had an awesome mentor (Micah Pappas) who was very genuine and really held me to my goals. The school offers the flexibility to do as much as you can handle and I was usually able to pick up another class or two before the end of the term. Picking up additional classes allowed me to finish my BS ahead of schedule. In the IT industry we often face the choice of pursuing a formal education (degree) or proven competency (certification). WGU is a competency based school so many of my classes require the student to pass a certification exam and that was how I was able to kill two birds with one stone. This school was a game changer for me and allowed me to beat out my peers with formal education and certification at the same time in half the time. Highly recommended for those working in the IT industry."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Alex - 8/9/2015
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2016
"Wanted to wait until I completed my first term to give a fair review. While I was attracted to the format of this program (online and self paced) it has some major flaws. First is that professors (or in the case of WGU course mentors) don't actually grade your work. You will go through the material (this part was actually pretty good) and then submit tasks. This is where my biggest let down is. The service, Task Stream, is just a 3rd party that, more than likely, have no idea what your field is. You can tell by their "copy and pasted" response they just grade on a generic rubric and look for buzz words. Even following the rubric you will get your work sent back multiple times. My guess is that Task Stream gets paid per grading so it's in their interest to make you submit multiple times. The rubric is very generic, such as, write in detail about X. I have had to just change wording around and finally got the task accepted. You are not writing to learn a subject, you simply write to make the people at Task Stream check off some blocks. If WGU found a better way to evaluate your knowledge it could be a good program, until then save your time. On a good note the program itself is a lot cheaper than many others out there."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nick - 5/15/2015
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2012
"The WGU Information Security and Assurance program is excellent. When I started the program, I already had 15 years of experience and was gainfully employed in the IT industry. Even with all of my experience, I was very happy to learn many new things from WGU's program. The subject matter was directly relevant to my work. The industry certifications were rigorous and challenging. My colleagues at work were impressed with the subject matter. The information security and assurance program at WGU is the perfect blend of hands-on work and big-picture work."
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