Western Governors University Reviews
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I really recommend this university. It offers an amazing curriculum that students can complete at their own pace, which is very convenient for students who have a job. Nobody tried to slow me down at any point, with hard word I was able to complete my degree in less time. Mentors are knowledgeable and eager to assist students. They offer webinars and cohorts to support students achieve their goal, graduation.
According to the FAFSA information on this school. The graduation rate is currently 14% for the Master's program. According to www.collegeresults.org, at the time of this review the overall four-year graduation rate is 7.3% Source> http://www.collegeresults.org/collegeprofile.aspx?institutionid=433387. I received my ADN doing traditional clinicals and chose the video lecture option (as opposed to in class lectures. I received my BSN through WGU entirely online (There four-year graduation rate is 18.2) http://www.collegeresults.org/search1a.aspx?institutionid=104717 I have been a self-directed learner my entire life and am no stranger to this type of program. The problem with this program is that it functions on a Disaggregate model. What's that you ask? Simply explained, they have one group of people who design their course work. A separate group of people who design the tests and yet a third group who grade papers. So, what's the problem you ask? The people who design the content have no communication with the people who decide the test questions. The people who design the test questions do not look at the course content and, the people who grade papers do not talk to the students or the instructors. In short, one hand does not wash the other. I have taken one class in particular, and it seems that the test preparers and the course content developers do not at all agree on what the focus of this course should be. You will never be able to pass the OA if you are relying on the course content alone. For objective assessments (OA) many of us are used to taking a practice test and then being provided with the answers to the questions you got wrong or a rationale for the questions. This does not happen a WGU. The score you get is the score you get. You have no way of knowing what you got right, what you got wrong and there is no rational provided. Furthermore, If you go to your instructor and ask for guidance on the test, you will be told that they also do not have access to the testing material and therefore can not guide you in resolving any academic shortcomings. So, what happens when the course material does not speak to the material on the exam and the student has nowhere to turn for clarification? The students fail due to lack of adequate support in the content material and you get a four-year graduation rates of 7.3% and 14% graduation rate overall! WGU touts that it is a competency base learning program. This means that if you already have the knowledge base through prior experience great! You take the test, pass, and move on to the next class. If you do not, pull up a seat, read through the course material and we will get you there. Unfortunately, if course preparers, and test prepares are prevented from communicating and don't look at one another's content, Then you run the risk of each group going in two different directions with the student stuck in the middle and the instructors trying to build a bridge for the gap. The problem is that by preventing the instructors from being aware of the testing material, the instructors may build a bridge to nowhere that the student has no choice but to blindly follow. This desegregated style creates a barrier to learning and fails active learners in their pursuit to expand their knowledge base.
I recently graduated with my Bachelor's in Business Management from WGU Texas. I chose WGU after a close friend completed their undergrad in accounting and moved up the chain at United Airlines almost immediately post-graduation. WGU constantly works to enhance the experience of their diverse student body by continually asking for feedback. I definitely recommend this school to anyone who is on a budget, struggles to attend traditional college/university, does not care for the college experience, likes to adhere to their OWN schedule (instead of following the pace and syllabus of traditional college), and to anyone who has the discipline to self-start and sometimes, self-teach. What I like most about this school is how analogous it is to real life youre given all the tools and resources that you need to succeed and you have to figure it out for yourself (of course, with the guidance of mentors). Key word: guidance. No one will hold your hand or give you the answer keys because we all know if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. By all means, it is doable, and you're not alone. Online coursework is not easy; every class required reading and studying, and all exams are proctored. I highly recommend WGU to anyone looking to complete their degree with a school that is legit accredited, affordable, and offers a high degree of flexibility.
Very happy with the school and great for my career. Most of the lower reviews are whiners that think a university should hold your hand. This is not one of those schools. Figure it out, get it done, and move on. All the resources are there and YOU have to figure it out. It is not for everyone, but if you are busy, self-motivated, and independent you will do fine. I can't speak for other degrees, but I learned a ton while taking the Business Mang. program. I learned a ton, because I applied myself and choose to.
I have been a nurse for a very long time and had no tech experience when beginning this degree. I will also say I am a mature student at 50 years old when I graduated. I have an associate degree in nursing obtained in 1992 after a two year technical nursing program in the Army that allowed me to become a licensed practical nurse. I opted to go to Wgu for the healthcare informatics program because I felt that it gave a very balanced and thorough coverage of the technology and business side of things. I didn't need more clinical background so I opted not to do nursing informatics which I feel limits your career options in comparison to this degree, even though it would have been easier and taken less time for me. This is not an easy program and the selection process is very rigorous, or at least when I began and the program was fairly new. The program had some growing pains and had a few changes along the way as well. As others have mentioned it's not a school for everyone. You definitely need some motivation and not need hand holding. However I feel that is part of what makes this a really good program. Given that most of your final exams are certification exams there's definitely motivation to take your classwork seriously. As a person who has been in the workforce for sometime I valued the ability to study and test on my time . I felt the classes were quite relevant to the job market and gave me a definite leg up and a lot of credibility that I feel I wouldn't have otherwise had without the certifications (that do not cost extra by the way). They are industry gold standard well recognized, (and not inexpensive to take on your own). Overall I feel that the quality of the education at Wgu is what you make of it. If you take advantage of what is offered and work very hard you get a lot of return on your investment. I would say however you need to have a particular personality type to be successful. If you go to Wgu expecting the social experience of a brick and mortar school, again you will likely be disappointed. Overall I had some bumps in the road, but find the program to be more than adequate in preparing me for a multitude of opportunities. I would say my biggest complaint was turning in the performance based competencies and the grading system associated with it. I find it difficult to relate at times with the grading and scoring of the written projects without being able to actually speak to the evaluator. I think that if you were able to speak with someone instead of simply reading comments to make corrections that perhaps it may be a little more effective and you would actually be able to learn more from the project overall. I found that you don't always get the same evaluator for your corrections that were suggested by the previous evaluator. This can be somewhat problematic at times. In summary I would say if you are willing to put the effort in and sincerely work hard and take seriously the amount of time that they tell you you should set aside for your work that Wgu is a fantastic bargain . You must be able to self teach to an extent and reason out problems on your own at times but that's what being a working adult is all about in the long run really . For the cost of the program the quality is amazing. My only real problem is deciding which direction of the many choices I now have to pursue with my career! This brings me to what I feel could be a lot more robust post graduation and career support program, I for one would even pay extra if needed!
I chose Western Governors as we lived overseas and I wanted a degree with a teaching certificate. The flexibility allowed me to care for my family, work full time and attend classes online at my own pace. The faculty and staff (especially my mentor) were crucial to my success at WGU.
Ask yourself do you like to read Do you learn how to do it yourself through youtube or other self help methods Do you need deadlines to complete your work. Are you a self starter. Do you understand technology. Are you on a budget ?If you can answer yes to these WGU is for you. The materials are excellent, working with your mentor is critical,remember they are there to help you navigate WGU. Just like in traditional college some Professors are more approachable than others. Its not easy, but I believe this is the future of education for those not born into money or willing to take on extreme student loans. I would compare WGU to Netflix and Traditional college to blockbuster. At some point traditional college becomes to expensive to operate without large athletic or state funding. Go Owls
I am currently enrolled in the Marketing Management program with WGU. I have attended two other colleges in my lifetime and I really had a hard time working full-time and balancing traditional schooling. This led me to WGU. I cannot speak for everyone, but as I read the reviews I do feel like there is a lot of complaints based on personal performance, rather than the actual experience at WGU. WGU can be frustrating. You are allowed to do as little, or as much as you'd like (assuming you are at least finishing 12 credits per term). Let's be honest, a lot of people (including myself at times) are not self-starters and will not just jump on the computer to do school after working full-time and having a family life.You have to be dedicated and make it a priority. It is not going to be easy. The competency based education model, in my opinion, is fantastic. The classes that I am taking apply directly to my field of work. I do not feel like I am sitting and wasting my time, but rather honing my skills for future and current use in the workplace. My mentor has been amazing. The course mentors have been amazing and completely responsive. Although this is online education, I have never felt alone or unaided. WGU is a perfect school for those who are working full-time and trying to finish their education at their own pace, and their own schedule. I personally do not have a negative thing to say about WGU. Do I love it? NO!!!! I do not love school, but I do find it useful and WGU is perfect for my situation. If I could go back to when I was 18 and graduate from a traditional Ivy League or top-notch Business School, would I? Absolutely! But my situation does not permit that and I am more than happy with my continued success at WGU. If you are committed and willing to work your tail off while maintaining work, life and school balance; you will do great at WGU.
This is a great school but beware that you will need to put in a lot of work to complete your classes. With that said WGU provides a lot of support. There are live lectures (called cohorts) for every class, tons of quizzes through most courses, and a large amount of information including online textbooks and computer based training for some courses. Each course has mentors (Professors) with flexible appointments to guide you along. In many cases I was able to schedule appointments on the weekend. In addition to the course mentor, you have a student mentor who acts as your advisor and tracks your degree progress and keeps you informed about the various resources available. Even with all that it still up to you to put in the 20 hours a week needed to make adequate progress. If you are self disciplined and willing to put in the required hours of study time then you will find WGU to be an excellent learning experience.
AWFUL! I am pretty sure they are faking reviews, but here's the deal: If you are hardworking and move too fast through their program, they'll make you waste a whole three months where I cannot take any courses because they want me to enroll in one more semester. Nowhere is it written that I must complete my internship over six months - there is a minimum hour requirement, no time frame. They pull excuses from under rocks if they have to and refuse to engage if you have a complaint by politely redirecting to the same single person, over and over. This university is a scam. Moreover, the courses have readings and assignments that are not aligned, multiple typos on their syllabi, and overall are of poor quality.