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I started the program because the place where I was working at the time suggested that I obtain a Masters. I checked the accreditations of several colleges and settled on WGU. I was led to believe that I would probably receive a grant to cover most of tuition. If the university offers this be wary, they don't make the decisions on who receives grants. I was assigned a mentor who was relentless on assisting me throughout the program and even when I needed a break. I found the course videos helpful and beneficial. The course instructors, not so much until the last course where the professor was in fact a true teacher. If it hadn't been for her, I would probably still be struggling. All in all, the Masters Program was very good and similar to my experience during the bachelor program at Texas A&M in Texarkana. The question is whether or not the degree is accepted by other universities and employers. To my knowledge, the US Government accepts the Masters Degree but certain Texas County governments do not because they are looking for degrees from brick and mortar universities. All in all, this was a very good experience and I would do it again. If you are considering this school, pay close attention to the course video's attend all of the webinars as this is actual classroom study and look for key words to help comprehend the information presented. I recommend WGU.
The best part about Western Governor's is also the worst part in ways and that is ability to work at your own pace. There were some semesters when I excelled and completed more credits then I needed to. Yet, there were other semesters where I struggled and could really have used the structure of knowing when I needed assignments complete. Instructors were accessible, but offered no help in the class unless you reached out for it. Classes typically consisted of reading the material, studying at your own pace, and taking a proctored final exam. There were no additional assignments or lectures from the instructors which I would have found useful to help instill the knowledge. A lot of the time, I felt like I was just memorizing for the test and not actually retaining any of the information.
I am so pleased with this school that I am not sure where I need to begin. Begin at the beginning right? in 2011 I began to look for a new school that offered a teaching degree in special education online. My choices were slim but I persisted and I found Western Governors University. I called them and started asking questions. I was assigned an application mentor. This person was amazing. They walked me through every single step to apply. They helped me transfer my credits from my old college and answered all the crazy questions that popped into my head, even the late night ones. Once I was accepted I met my degree mentor. A degree mentor is someone assigned to you for the entire duration of your degree. Above anything else that WGU did, this was the best and my most valuable and used asset. My first degree mentor was prompted to another department and I was assigned another mentor. The transition was smooth and my new mentor literally became my life coach. She lit a fire under my bum when I was dragging, she was always ready with encouragement, support, and she genuinely cared. When I moved to another state to finish my degree I was extremely overwhelmed and I took a break from WGU. The process to take a break and then begin again was smooth and tear-free. My mentor I had before was not able to be reassigned to me, but the new degree mentor I had was just as phenomenal. To this day I still talk to both of them and I cherish the friendship we have created! WGU also has multiple course instructors. I loved this concept because if I did not mesh with an instructor well, then I just spoke to another one. Course instructors are available any time and during my math courses I used them often. I truly think if I had not used the course mentors as much as I did then I would never have passed math.
I honestly can't believe that a school would be so hard to get into. I heard others say its a good place to go. So as I start to do the process of getting I get the run around several times to do this do that. Oh, you need to attend a class outside of wgu and pay out of pocket. I am absolutely appalled at how they screw students over. I will not be recommending this school to anyone. I will, however, be finishing my degree and pursuing my teaching elsewhere. This school is bs. Was to start June 1st then it kept getting pushed out farther and farther. I am done with ever trying to go to WGU The school wasted enough of my time and patience as a single mother trying to better her life and her kids. Shame on you WGU
very affordable, appropriate for students who can teach themselves and excel independently. they make you do weekly calls with mentors that last about 5-15 minutes instead of discussion boards. RN's can go from associate or diplomas to bachelors in 6 months-1 year easily. self paced but has to be able to still meet deadlines and be self motivated.
I have mixed feelings about WGU's program. I have attended other online education which require posting to boards, but this has a mentor call you and they want to contact you weekly. That has proven difficult with my current role. I am greatly disappointed with the curriculum however. This program provides education for advanced practice nursing more than leadership and management. My mentor tells me that more leadership comes in the final classes, but literally what I read, what the instructors say during cohorts is that this will help me as an advanced practice nurse. I already have worked as a nurse manager and director, so I know what education would be helpful. The APN information is not. Financial information would prove far more beneficial for me personally. Based on curriculum for people who want to be nurse leaders, I would not recommend this university.
I have enjoyed attending Western Governor's University. I find that as a military spouse and a mother of two children, that the flexibility is very accommodating, especially living overseas. I enjoy the classes that I have taken and feel that they prepare me for my desired career in education. I have a great student mentor, who is very supportive and down to earth, and she has been great in helping to guide me in steps that I need to help me succeed. I would recommend WGU to people that are looking to continue their education that are determined and focused on their future, while maintaining a schedule that is comfortable and fitting to their own lifestyles.
Let me be clear. For 80% of those who would attend, WGU is fine. For the other 20% of us, it's too limiting. You don't have control over your future or your learning. They say you do - you don't really. You're still forced to take classes according to unwritten rules that don't work for advanced, field-experience-applies workers. The program doesn't work for every learn style, either. You're making yourself work for the system vs. the other way around. So, put it this way. If you want to be blocked and dictated to with no real control over HOW you learn...but you just want the degree for cheap, WGU is perfectly fine. If you don't need a babysitter and just want a program to go at YOUR pace rather than the other way around, seek another school.
WGU is designed for disciplined students who would have a difficulty attending traditional classroom courses. The school is an amazing value and solved two of my biggest discontents with higher education: too much time and money to obtain a degree. Even though the degree can be obtained relatively quickly and for substantially less than other universities, quality is not lacking. The MBA program had some low points (such as financial management and operations management) where you may need to seek outside resources to understand the course material. Although videos and interactive exercises are scattered throughout courses, the majority of learning requires reading both textbooks and powerpoints. Overall the content was well designed and increased my ability to understand and apply key business principles. My program mentor was helpful, as were the course instructors the few times I arranged appointments. The best tips for success are: read assessment criteria carefully (paper rubrics especially), schedule instructor appointments early when you have trouble in a class and most importantly aim to do well, not just pass the class. Like any other in-person or online course Ive ever taken, what you get out of the program is heavily weighted on what you put into it.
If you are self motivated and can learn by reading and paying attention to teachers notes. Then it is a great school. If you need personalized help or instructors who are with you all the time.. this is not the right school. I got through very fast, the teachers helped when I needed and the only downside was during capstone. Holidays made the grading push out a day or so. I loved it.. I work at Microsoft