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OK. So I'm speaking from a point of view that should be relevant to anyone researching WGU. I'm a former student of Indiana University (Allied Heatlh) and DePaul University so I know the brick and mortar story and both were fantastic institutions to further one's education. However life happens and I had to take a job and place my education on hold for a number of years. However after 15 years I went as far possible in my profession without a degree. At that point I searched for an online university where my pursuit of a college degree could be fulfilled. I chose WGU with some trepidation because of the lower cost and quickly upon starting I realized this college was no joke. The courses were taught through online media for sure (video conferences, etc.) but I can attest the content and expectations were NO different than IU or DePaul. In fact considering it was self paced the argument could be that in fact it was harder! I hope this feed back from a former student/ grad of WGU was helpful!
I felt compelled to write a review about my experience. Having decided to gain my undergrad degree I searched and and explored multiple options. I worked in a professional environment and had achieved a sr level management position without a degree but always felt - like I was missing something and apprehensive when people would ask where I graduated. I looked at both online as well as brick-and-mortar institutions. Traditional schools were out, given the time commitment and inflexibility. I then decided on on-line but the biggest criteria was regional accreditation. I eventually decided on WGU. I had a few courses from prior college work, but none of those transferred. So I was starting with zero credits. Needless to say I knew this was going to be a daunting task to complete but 1 year 6 months later I graduated. My experience plus and negatives: - accredited university - if I had a good comprehension of material I could test my way through. In many cases I had to study on my own, using their material as well as Khan's Academy. - I was able to self pace, knocking out nearly 30 credits every 6 month term. - Knowing the tests and exams were proctored was somewhat of a pain, but also comforting to know they took the testing seriously. I'll circle back to this in a moment. - Costs. In all I was able to invest 9K in 18 months and had an accredited degree. Cons - - The advisor, while I know was there to make me accountable, they really served no purpose. - Real GPA would have been nice, versus the pass/fail, GPA assigned of 3.0. This was no issue with getting in to a grad school program. - As some indicated the syllabus in some courses was confusing. But I've found this to be the case with Grad School as well. Overall, I would recommend this school for anyone that is self motivated and willing to take the time to invest in themselves. Compared to grad school, which I'm taking online from another institution, Texas A&M Commerce. The only reason is that I didn't go with WGU's MBA program, it that it does not have the AACSB certification which is the premier cert for master level degree. And I'll say that TAMUC online experience is subpar in comparison to WGU's. At TAMUC the test are not proctored and open book/notes which is drastically different from WGU. Anyways would I recommend WGU for everyone - no. Is it perfect - no, but tell me what school is. Was it what I needed to accomplish a goal - absolutely.
I am so happy I chose WGU. An admissions counselor called me weekly to help me with transcripts and financial assistance. After starting the program, a student mentor called me weekly through the program to help guide me with my course schedule ,offer support, and answer any questions I had. In addition to the student mentor, I was assigned a separate course mentor to call or email with any questions about that particular course. In addition to online assigned textbooks and webinars, most classes had scheduled cohort sessions to sign up for. The assignments were challenging but the guidelines were well organized. In addition to all the school help, I took advantage of a Facebook page for WGU students discussing any questions or issues with assignments. Getting my BSN was more economical than I ever dreamed and I never felt unsupported since this is an online program. I recommend WGU for anyone young and old. They offer an array of Nursing Masters in Leadership, education, and administration. I'm thinking of going back to get my Masters in Integrated Health after I take a few months break.
WGU advertises so many benefits about their programs, most I have discovered are untrue. starting with their education videos and materials, they are hard to understand, misrepresent information, and the tests and quizzes have incorrect answers when compared to the reading/videos. Not to mention the financial aid process is completely a farce. They request additional information every two weeks, and prolong the process until the student has to pay or be withdrawn. my experience is documented. Be sure to check out the school's FAFSA report as only 14% of students ever graduate. (per FAFSA). Do not sign up with this institute if you truly want to succeed in education.
Other reviews have captured the details of the student experience at WGU well, so I won't recount them here. But the essentials are worth some emphasis: You *must* be very self-motivated and driven. It helps significantly if you have prior knowledge and/or experience in the subjects you'll be studying if you hope to graduate any sooner than you would from Brick-N-Mortar U, since the academic hand-holding WGU provides is minimal. That said, you will get the resources you need, but you must be prepared to buckle down and be comfortable with learning and studying very hard on your own. WGU is not a good fit for a recent high school graduate--you need to have some experience in your field of study, or you will have a very steep uphill climb. WGU could be a great stepping stone as long as you graduate--its credits are generally not transferable elsewhere, but most other US institutions I've looked at seem to accept WGU bachelor degrees for their masters program requirements. However, if you are interested in working overseas, like Europe, you will have a problem with your WGU degree--in Germany, WGU is not recognized as a normal university, and does not have the anabin H+ accreditation that the vast majority of US Brick-N-Mortar colleges and universities possess. (anabin is Anerkennung von Bildungsinstitutionen - German for: Recognition of Educational Institutions -- you can look up the WGU entry at http://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/institutionen.html, click on the 'suchen' tab, and enter 'Western' in one of the boxes labeled 'Suchbegriff' and then click 'Suche starten'). What you'll find on WGU's profile (in German) is that WGU is questionable because it gives college credit for 'life-experience' (Lebenserfahrung), which I believe is a misunderstanding on the rating organization's part of how the WGU credit-for-competency system works. Nonetheless, this lack of an H+ rating is a real handicap, more so because many other smaller European countries also use the anabin accreditation database to verify college institutions and degrees. You won't be able to qualify for an EU Blue Card for degreed professionals with your WGU degree, for example. Too bad I discovered this only after my time and financial investment in my sub-par (in European eyes) WGU degree. So in the end, do I recommend WGU? It depends: WGU has its place here in the States, but beware that WGU is not considered comparable (or as good as) a normal US university by an important international accreditation rating source. My personal hope is that WGU makes it a top priority to do what would be necessary to achieve the anabin H+ rating. Proper accreditation of a learning institution is fundamental in carrying out the objective of helping its students succeed in life and in the ever-more globalized workplace.
I started at WGU on April 1, 2017. Competancy based education is not for everyone, but in my case it works very well. For people that have active lifestyles and endeavors that must be completed during prime time, being able to work at your own pace during times most people are asleep is a worthy reason to consider WGU. I haven't found many setbacks with this school, and most of the courses are prepared well and offer an easy interactive solution. For those who think that WGU may be a diploma mill, you may want to consider applying and trying a term. I've been out of school for 27 years and haven't found one instance in any course where I could have bypassed the learning and earning process. If you are motivated to work on your own without the constant push from an instructor/professor, WGU is where it's at!
Excellent college and great experience... I love the competency-based program. The program worked perfectly to balance career, school, and family, and it worked fantastically with my company's career degree development tuition reimbursement program. I highly recommend WGU. The Mentor program helps keep you focused and on task. 5 stars out of 5.
I cannot say enough how much I love WGU! If you are self-motivated and willing to work, you cannot only earn a great education but also accelerate your degree program. Fantastic School, amazing staff support, and the ability to accelerate is awesome! Completed my bachelor's with WGU, and I'm on my last course for my masters. My wife is now beginning her Master's in education at WGU - love this school!!
I just graduated with by BSN and I am so excited. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This BSN program was extremely challenging and to complete this program you have to be very motivated. I treated it like a second job and was very committed. I would highly recommend this school as it is up to you how quickly you graduate or not I had the most amazing student mentor that always helped me when I was discouraged or just needed some advice. I plan to pursue my MSN and start in September. If you are going to commit the time you will be successful, the courses are hard, if you are not going to commit you will not succeed. I highly recommend this school if you are a motivated learner.
Very challenging and rewarding MBA! I've earned 2 degrees at WGU and it has enabled me to spend time with my family and complete my schooling. WGU is the future model that all educational institutions will be following. Rather than charging exorbitant fees and tuition, WGU provides astounding value and support from a highly respected institution that has made it possible for me to become credentialed in my field.