Western Governors University Reviews
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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.
I believe in the programs at WGU very much. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 1984 and had been out of school for 30 years when I enrolled at WGU. This program was exactly what I had hoped to find. The MBA program was an accredited program and it was tough. Anyone who believes an online program is easy has never been enrolled. The greatest asset that I found in the program was my student mentor who encouraged me for over two years while I was taking various courses. The hardest course in my program was my capstone course which forces each student to become part of a team concept. It was hard but very real-life work situation too. I vote YES for WGU.
WGU was perfect for me! You must be self disciplined or you will not successful at WGU. I accelerated my program and rushed it as fast I could. I learned a ton of information that will help me with my current and future jobs. I loved that I didn't have to do assignments, you strictly take finals and/or write papers. You must know the information to pass the course, you must study or you wont pass! My mentor was awesome, if you build a relationship with them they will help you out a ton! If you are looking to accelerate and are self motivated, this is the school for you! I highly recommend WGU!
I have read several reviews of WGU that are just not true. The primary complaint seems to be directed towards getting assistance. First, I have had no difficulty getting assistance from the class or course mentors. I have also went outside the school to various websites to gain further insight, that is initiative. Most of the complaints seem to come from folks who could not pass the course work. Look, it is tough. The exams are not open book. You must have absorbed the material, or you will fail. At least 15 - 20 hours a week are required to successfully navigate this school. If you need more contact, then a brick and mortar would probably be best. I am over 50 years old, a high school drop-out, and obtained my AA in Business from University of Phoenix. WGU is a better school, all around. It just shows that if I can do this, ANYONE can. I am a Production Manager for a large manufacturing facility. I have actually learned a lot of skills from this course that I apply now, and will continue to do so. Again, this school is not for everyone. They tell you that up front. Not everyone will have a pleasurable experience, that is true. But, if you apply yourself and maintain discipline, this could be a great school that will assist you in your career.
This is not a school for people who need their hand held. You have to want an education. The price you pay for all the resources available is a steal. AND if you are motivated enough you can take more classes and finish faster at no extra cost. You learn a lot if you actually take the time to apply yourself. The mentors aren't there to instruct, they are there to clarify, so you need to put in the effort to absorb the material. I did 24 units my last term and 27 this term. All I have is the final project. A highly accredited bachelor's degree in under a year for $6000. You've got to want it.
Finishing up my first semester at WGU, I've experienced several classes and now the pressure to finish that last class for the 6 month semester ends. It is very invigorating. The mentors have been significantly better than I could have imagined. Very informative in DIRECTING your studies and strategies for completing each class. They have been very helpful when you get stuck or buried in detail on a subject. If you can self-motivate, this is the school for you. I've finished 15 hours this first semester and should be able to knock at least one semester off the 2-year program. I have learned a tremendous amount about business in my first semester. It is well worth the cost and effort!