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Love Western Governors University! I wish all online programs could be as good as this one in terms of a quality education, cost-effectiveness, and self-pacing. Don't let the tuition fool you. You have to work hard for this degree! But being able to learn at your own pace and take tests and submit assignments at any time really helped me accelerate through this program. This is not for anyone who is not self-disciplined or needs a lot of spoon feeding. No disrespect meant, but you do need to be organized, focused, and self-disciplined. The student and course mentors respond very quickly and really want you to succeed. I can't say enough good things about this school. I only wish they had a nurse practitioner's program so I could continue with them.
You have to be independent to do this program. No one is going to hold your hand or look over your shoulder. That was just the way that I wanted it. The cost was the most affordable that I found. The mentor program was perfect for me. The course mentors are there to clarify any questions that you may have (I seldom did) and the student mentor had great tips to help me over the few humps that I had. There were several classes that I never even spoke with a mentor; didn't need to! I love that you could test with very little study on subjects that you knew. That kept me from wasting my time in some classes. I work nights and, as a travel nurse, I change location every 3 months or so. This made a brick and mortar school impossible for me to attend. I did the bulk of my work during the night on my nights off. The courses are laid out with suggested schedules but you are free to work ahead. I went weeks at a time not doing any schoolwork when I was changing locations and then would triple up and do a month's worth in less than a week. If you need flexibility and affordability and can self-motivate, this is the school for you!
Great school - Challenging and insightful. The mentor program helps you stay on task. The instructors are knowledgeable and extremely helpful. You are able to work at your own pace -speed up and slow down wherever you feel the need to. I highly recommend this school!
I love WGU. My Bachelor's in Accounting enabled me to qualify for jobs that I could not apply for with an Associates. I now have a new job that makes $17,000 more. It was great being able to go at my own pace so I could breeze through the subjects I already knew and spend more time on new subjects. The only criticism I have towards WGU is I feel that some of the course mentors were lacking compared to others. Luckily I learn really well with self-study but I think the course mentors having weekly live webinars for all the classes would have been helpful (only some did this). Anyway, I still love WGU and would come back here for my next degree.
I LOVED my MBA program! As 50-year-old, longtime, small business owner, I had a crazy desire to get my MBA online. Why? There were business concepts that I kind of understood, but never had an opportunity to drill-down and REALLY comprehend them. Call it a Bucket List thing if you want. Much like other reviewers, I received my undergraduate degree from a prestigious, and expensive, West Coast university. That was almost 30 years ago. Recently, I was on a business trip in Florida and saw a repeating commercial for WGU. It sounded reasonable and I became fired-up. After researching what it would cost to pursue the degree at my Alma Mater's online program, I opted for WGU (a fraction of the cost). Yes, you have to be self-motivated. I had a business to run and a busy family life that included a teenage son and a lovely, supportive wife BUT...I was able to do it! I learned so much. Everyone was extremely helpful. The price was right. I built relationships with some of my classmates (yes, younger...but awesome). Do it, you won't regret it. It's a good school and great program.
First of all, I did not graduate from WGU. I began their program to earn a Bachelor's in Business Administration but ended up dropping out after one successful term. I was very excited and motivated to finish a BA degree (I have an AA in General Studies, almost all of my credits transferred) at my own pace-- which was NOT an aggressive one. My employer reimburses employees up to a certain dollar amount a year for educational purposes. Meaning I would pay WGU's fees up front and be reimbursed 100% after the term ends, assuming I passed the classes. Knowing this, I was very transparent with my plans to take one term a year with WGU in order to not rack up debt. They were absolutely not okay with this. I don't understand why, because the school would have end up profiting from my extended school plan. They treated me like a clueless fresh-out-of-high school teenager, trying to argue points that weren't valid to my situation. Their biggest argument was that I could have my BA degree in 2 years instead of 5. Yes, I could have a BA in 2 years and have unnecessary debt because I didn't take advantage of my employer's educational reimbursement program, or take 5 years and not owe a single dime. It didn't help that my mentor was obnoxious, insisting on weekly phone calls to check on my progress like I was a child.
Be prepared for tests riddled with typos and no correct answers. Mentors both student and course are useless and mostly just say read book or do HW and quizzes. HW and quizzes of which at least 80% are not assessment applicable. My student mentor was demeaning and never helped with anything just got in the way with late assessment approvals and excuses hence slowing my progress.
They changed the degree plan if a class wasn't completed within the a month or two. They constantly messed up financial aid. They were rude and as the time progressed very unprofessional and gave the run around all the time. None of the service csr or specialist information matched each other.
I love the competency-based model at WGU because you can accelerate your program as fast as you want. Speaking about this, I finished the entire program in half a year, which enabled me to get a $19,000 raise and a promotion. The added benefit is that I can now teach Community College courses, too -- the job listings say you have to have either a Masters in Math OR Masters in Physics OR a Bachelors in Mathematics AND Masters in Mathematics Education! I fit into the latter category (I have a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Maths Education.) Thanks WGU! You changed my life! :-)
I was so proud of all of my work completed at WGU until I realized that I will ONLY receive a 3.0 GPA. Anyone to graduate from WGU receives a 3.0 and that is it. No higher no matter how well you do on your courses. I think that is extremely important for incoming students to know! They say it is because of the competency based education and their pass/fail system. This is all fine and well for students who would barely meet a 3.0 criteria at an established institution. But for those of you that work consistently better than a 3.0, just remember, your effort is not reflected in your grades. You pass or you fail and that is it. When you go to apply for jobs your GPA will be a 3.0. If you're in a competitive field, like teaching and nursing this could really come back and bite you in the butt. With that said, I feel as, because I put so much effort into my own education at WGU, that I have gained a lot of knowledge from the university and will be successful in a profession as an educator. However, I can't say that I am confident that my future employer would see that with me carrying just a 3.0 GPA.