Western Governors University Reviews
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If you are wanting the bottom line, then here it is: WGU is a wonderful, progressive approach to higher education; but only for motivated students with related work experience. This concept is very important to understand if you are considering WGU. It's not a bad thing. It just means that WGU's approach caters to a specific type of student. If you have little/no experience in the field of your desired degree, then you may find WGU's competency approach to be difficult. If you are not good at organizing your time or keeping yourself on task, then you may not reap the cost-savings benefit of WGU's flat rate pricing. Personally, I had a great experience with WGU and received a wonderful education. My focus was in business - first with the BSBM program and then with the MBA program. My 6+ years working at various supervisory and project management levels certainly helped me to pull the courses' business concepts together. The coursework was challenging and I retained volumes of knowledge through the process. Sure, I had to commit 12+ hours per week to class work for a few years, but I kept myself on track and finished both programs far ahead of schedule.
I was able to cut off 9 months because my experience helped me to get through classes I already understood faster. The projects they make you do really prepare you to be a leader and advocate, I have gained so much experience and confidence in the research, project and community health role. One of my projects was used by my work to update a patient care policy. I have learned and gained so much from this program. The concepts align with the standards of magnate status hospitals. At home proctored testing, the online format, and support from course mentors made this program convenient for my lifestyle. Although, you must be extremely self motivated to study and stay on track.
WGU allowed me to obtain this degree with great flexibility regarding schedule. I could not have graduated from a program with hard deadlines due to my demanding job. I found course mentors to be variable, just like any other school. Some were terrific, others...meh. The content of courses is very similar to what my colleague got at a brick 'n mortar, high profile school here in Michigan, I am very grateful I don't have her loan! It is possible to pass without doing much reading, but I have learned this is true for non-clinical MSN's at other schools too.
I recommend WGU. The school is under rated, the business curriculum, and course work is up to date, and on par. It's not easy however, which probably accounts for the very low MBA graduation rate. Occasionally, a few technical snafu's pop up, but to anyone experienced in business online, they're manageable. I'm now pursuing a PhD.
HORRIBLE SCHOOL!!!!!! WGU is an absolute nightmare and a joke of an education. They have serious technical issues with their software that need addressed immediately. On 2 separate occasions technical difficulties interrupted my exam which caused me to lose the entire thing. I could have bursted out in tears when it happened. I spent nearly two hours working on a Statistics exam when this happened. The follow up I received was that it was a Bandwidth problem on my end. Sorry but I am not buying that crap both times it happened was when I was nearly finished with an exam. I have excellent high speed internet service through Fios and a brand new laptop it is not my issue. The course mentors must be taught to delay students to re-take an exam, I am assuming it is a financial thing since the cost of the school goes by term and not courses. My course mentor for Statistics would not let me re-take the exam for weeks until I received 100% on the "re-mediation plan". The course mentor sends you all of this material that isn't even required to complete. WGU's hours are not friendly to people who work on their course work and exams in the evening hours. Think twice before enrolling in this school, the bad reviews about this school unfortunately are correct. They claim the school is accredited but the creditors aren't even well known. Pathetic!!
Please take caution!! I have completed 32 CUs in three months and I am now being intentionally held up by the course mentors. The course mentor refuses to help she makes appointments to call me then I never hear from her. I have reached out to the evaluation department to obtain information about needed revisions and I am told it is against school policy for a student to be told what revisions are needed. I have written 7 previous scholarly papers all of which were given a 4 on the rubric. I find it very difficult to understand why now this last class there are issues especially since this class only counts for 2 CUs. Upon completion of this class I will graduate and cut 9 months of my projected graduation. I can not help but believe there is some motive behind delaying me and I am sure it is financially motivated.
While the concepts and price are appealing it only shows how far behind we are with the worlds Universities. Of course the Ivy League schools are exempt from this critique since they are indeed the best brick and mortar schools in the world. I already have a degree from animals to see how difficult it is to get an online degree in the US without spending too much money. My initial interview went very well and it was supposedly with my mentor that as soon as I started the program quit the university or went to another department. The mentor I got assigned completely useless and as other people said did you try to slow you down instead of help you. In any case I decided to not even study and just register for the exams, which i all passed to my enormous surprise. Coming from Europe I had to freshen up on US history and the Constitution but all the technical curriculum was so simple (disclaimer I've been in the IT field for 30 years). In any case you know IT Systems you can easily get your bachelors degree in 8 months.
I enjoyed attending WGU, the school extends great assistance to help one complete school. Once your assignments are submitted, great feedback is provided in order to ensure comprehension. Taking assessments is very convenient as I was able to go to a local university in my town. The mentor I had made every effort to ensure that I was on schedule and always extended a helpful hand to direct me to the proper authority if I had any question regarding my degree or loans, etc. However, from my experience no employer I have had or employment I have sought after recognized my degree, this degree has not been helpful in climbing the ladder as it were.
After working in the IT field for 18 years, I reached a point that I was not going to be able to advance further in my organization without a degree. Brick-and-mortar schools never worked for me. They are too slow. I decided to try WGU because it would let me work at my own pace for a fixed cost (~$3k per 6-month term). I have not been disappointed! My previous schooling, certifications and experience resulted in 45 transfer-in credits, with 86 remaining. WGU required students to complete 12 units per term. Since starting, I have complete the following number of units per term: 21, 17, 16, 16, 16. One class took me a couple months because I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Several classes took me between 1 - 5 days because it was stuff I have been doing for years and just needed to brush up and take the test. This is truly an at-your-pace program. WGU works well for just about anyone that doesn't need the classroom interaction of a professor and other students. Study and quiz times are completely up to you. All materials are completely online, and absolutely everything you need is provided within the cost of the term. There is no required homework or quizzes. All that matters is the final. In some programs, like IT, many of the "finals" are major industry certification tests, for which you get the certification in addition to the completion of the course. The mentors are pretty good about keeping you on track and motivated. How often, and which mentors you choose to work with is up to you. You are required to work with your primary mentor, especially during your first term. If you are a self-starter and absorb course material well, that may be all you need. I haven't really utilized the course-specific mentors at all. If you do need a little topic specific assistance though, the course mentors are there for you, and often offer online group coaching. WGU is a great school and well worth looking into. I will always recommend them. Without WGU and the format they offer, I would have had a very hard time completing my degree.
I just started my degree at WGU last November. I don't see big problems with school. Everything really depends on you. The more hours you put in the faster you will graduate. I will post additional review when more time passes. But so far so good. Another thing I like that program includes many nationally recognized certificates that will look good on your resume even before graduate.