Western Governors University Reviews
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Let me tell you my story since I have read many reviews and none are like mine. I graduated High School in 1997, and only had 10 college credits from my community college. In late 2014 I decided it was time to go back to school. After reading multiple reviews I contacted WGU and requested information. I decided on WGU because of the online program and the cost. They asked me as part of my admission process to take their Academic Assessment. Since it had been many years since I had been in school I won't lie it was hard. The math section was killer but I have never been good at math! They reviewed my score (overall score that does not breakdown your scores to determine what sections you need help in) and explained to me that they were working with 2 other online schools Sophia Pathways and Straighterline to assist students that needed a refresher. They asked me to take a College Algebra I course from either, and then come back and retake the assessment. The only thing with doing this was that you cannot use financial aid to pay for the class ($329), but if you successfully pass the class you get college credit for Algebra I that transfers directly to WGU. I was a little frustrated, but after investigating both Sophia Pathways and Straighterline I went with Sophia Pathways because of the flat fee. With Sophia they give you 60 days to complete the course, and you do it on your time by watching videos and working problems, ending with a final taken online through ProctorU. It was alittle creepy having someone watching you take your exam, but it is done to ensure your work is yours. I successfully passed the course and final and within 3 days WGU had applied my Sophia credit. I retook the assessment and was admitted. I believe the Sophia course prepared me for what online school would be, and while at first I was hesitant I would do it again. I started my first term in Sept. of 2015 and I am about to finish this term at the end of February. To be a WGU student you have to complete a minimum of 13 credits (4-5 classes) a term (6 months). When I first started I kept thinking when is this gonna go bad after reading different online school reviews. So far I have had everything go right! You can do 1 class at a time (suggested at the beginning), and you have a mentor assigned to you that calls you every week to check on you. Teresa ....you are amazing! She's very professional and provides guidance, support, and a nudge when I need it. Each course has a group of mentors that can answer any questions you have. If you read the material and wish to do a web class they offer multiple classes at different times. Your portal is very user friendly and they set you up with an email address you can access through it. The courses are hard at times, but the resource materials are great. WGU has been an awesome experience for me! WGU really wants you to succeed, and they lend so much support and assistance it's unbelievable! Their virtual library with live chat has been a huge help with papers. It has thousands of books on any topic you can think of 24/7, and provides multiple types of citing formats. If you have technical or general questions they have people there to answer your questions till 10pm. Everyone I have dealt with at WGU has been professional, and has kept their promise. To me I feel blessed to have found WGU.
I had a great experience at WGU as I completed both my Masters and Bachelors degrees there. The program is a solid program that had relevant material I could immediately use in my job. My student mentor and my course mentors were all very helpful and encouraging when I had issues. The classes were challenging, there was allot of papers to write, but grading was fast and I always felt like I knew where I stood. I would recommend WGU to anyone who is self motivated and self disciplined enough to push yourself to achieve your goals. Upon graduating I was immediately able to move into a much higher paying job with more responsibilities. Their career placement and alumni services are awesome as well as they include everything from resume assistance to subscriptions to learning websites so you can continue your education. I can't say enough good things about WGU, it is a great school!
I agree with most of the positive reviews of the program, but everyone learns differently, and online learning may not be suitable for some. The one thing that some people wrongly assume is that just because it's online means that its easy. This is not true. Completing the program takes a lot of time and dedication, especially if you are already working full time, have a family, etc. As others have stated, no one is there to hold your hand like an infant, meaning, everything is not 100% spelled out step by step for you. They do however offer FAQ documents, videos that clarify each assignment, multiple live learning sessions, email access to course mentors, and course completion guides that offer suggestions for what pace you need to work at to complete your assignments for the semester. There is quite a bit of self research required in the MBA program that I am in, which to me it seems like the research is what took up most of my time. The grading is fair, the rubric breaks down every part of the assignments, and shows how they will be assessed so there should be no surprises there. Its a great program and besides learning so much, the price is very reasonable. Especially since you have the option to work ahead and complete your degree in a shorter amount of time if you are able.
WGU is a great school, but not for everyone. If you can do school online, and you're a self-starter, it's great. If you go to WGU and expect a diploma mill and hand-holding, you'll be sadly mistaken. The courses are designed to be real-world problems that you would experience. Pros: -Self-Paced: you get to do your own pace, and not worry about due dates and such, but you need to stay on top of it, since the school is still challenging. Having school available 24/7 is really nice. You can study after kids are asleep, after work, weekends, etc. No need to worry about being to class on time. -Affordable: for about three thousand dollars a semester of six months, you can do however much work you want. The tuition stays the same if you finish 3 Competency Units (equivalent of a credit) or if you finish 50. Note: your books are all e-books and included with your tuition, which is nice (most books I had to use were from VitalSource, which you can access from an app called Bookshelf (I have it on my android phone and kindle fire, but I think it works with iOS as well), you can also use it from the website/download it to your computer). You can download the books and access them without wifi most of the time through this app, too. -Competency Based: if you already know the materials being taught, you can take a test and, if you pass it, get credit for the course and move onto the next part. One of the best parts of WGU. -Certifications: when you graduate you get a bunch of certifications (that's included in your tuition cost) that you can show potential employers. Examples include: CompTia, Windows, NCATE, CCNE, CAHIIM, and others. This alone is a huge value, imho. -Basics: it's accredited, private (to impress your snooty friends), good administration-in my experience, anyway. Cons: -Lack of Programs: they have four colleges, and each one is designed to get you a job. Most schools have degrees offered in psychology, liberal arts, languages, etc. WGU doesn't have these. That being said, if you go to WGU to get a good, stable job, you'll be good. I know many people with psychology/sociology degrees (who learned a lot in school), who aren't able to find a job in their field. WGU programs are typically in high demand. I initially wanted to do environmental science, but they didn't have a program for that, sadly. -Mentoring: you're assigned a mentor that is with you from start to finish in the program. That is both good and bad. Sometimes they aren't on the ball and you have to wait for them to approve you to take an assessment or other such things. Sometimes, they're amazing and will go above and beyond. It's a give/take there. -Time Consuming: school is hard. It should be. It's especially hard for people who aren't as self-motivated and they can stumble and fall behind. This isn't really a negative on the school as a whole, but sometimes it's hard to want to power up a computer and work after spending 8+ hours at work staring at a screen, but that's just me. If you're looking for a diploma mill, move on to another school, because this isn't it. -Technical Issues: as a fully online school, I did have some technical issues from time to time. Most of them were from third parties they used, but still an inconvenience. Overall, I think WGU is great. If you're interested in one of the programs they offer, go for it. It won't be easy, but if college was easy, it wouldn't be worth it. It will help you move forward in your career, and give you great hands-on experience. The biggest downfall (to me, at least) is the lack of variety in the programs. Worth it, and my life is better for it.
I want to first thank WGU for providing a wonderful opportunity for me to get my MBA! To tell about me, I already have a Bachelors and a Masters but always wanted to get my MBA. Working full time and having a family is not easy when you try to study. So, I was researching to see which online university is good and I found WGU after good research. First its tag line makes lots of sense AFFORDABLE ONLINE ACCREDITED, Nailed it! I want to add one more thing to the tag line FLEXIBLE i.e study at your own pace and time. Now this university is not for everyone, it is for people who are highly motivated and have a goal on what they want from this MBA. I really learned some good lessons from my MBA and will use it in my future. I rarely used my course mentors but for sure got some help when needed, and my student mentor is awesome and is always available when I need her. I completed my MBA in 1.5 years with lot of personal life challenges and I was able to do it just because of flexibility and hard work. It was really affordable and you will have no debt at the end of your graduation.
As a new college graduate from WGU, I wanted to provide a review on my experience to share with anyone that may be considering attending. WGU was without question, the best educational experience I have had. It is run like a normal business and you are treated as their customer. The work is hard but very complete and relevant. I was able to put my head down and work through 3 years of school in 1.5yr's. I loved my coursework and while some classes are better than others, in general it was very well organized and supported. The course mentors did a great job helping me when I would get stuck and contributed greatly to my accelerated pace. Great experience, great education, great college.
I graduated from WGU in December of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. I was able to use my degree to obtain employment as a teacher. I am now in my second year of teaching. I really enjoyed my experience with WGU. The rigor of the classes increased as you worked your way through the degree program. Having gone to a traditional university previously, I didn't feel like WGU was easier. I really liked the ability to complete my degree online which allowed me to work full-time, take care of my infant, and take a full-time load of college course work. A couple of my co-workers have also graduated from WGU. I have also had a co-worker try WGU, decided it wasn't for her, and drop out. It really depends on how much hands on help you think you will need. If you are motivated and hardworking then WGU is a great and affordable route to take to earn a degree.
It is true that WGU costs less than traditional school, but I went through hell with the program at WGU. Instructions for the projects are not very clear. Projects are extremely time consuming. And worst of all, grading is unfair. My portfolio course which I submitted on time but does not get graded until 3 days after my term ends. I misunderstood the instruction and attached an IHI certificate of completion for Quality and Safety module instead of certificate of completion for the entire 16 modules and received a "not pass" on my transcript. It was useless trying to explain to them because they didn't care. Making me pay for the course again when in fact I resubmitted the correct certificate and already received a "pass" that same day my work was sent back for correction. No other school will fail its students for something that minor after they already went through explaining the situation and the circumstances. I am more than heartbroken because I now have a "not pass" on my transcript which will be my permanent record. No other schools will admit me to a Master's program because "passing" at WGU is equivalent to a "B", and a "not pass" is of course an "F". Even though I completed my course of study and received a degree, it served no purpose. There is no one at the school to contact besides your student mentor, who will not be on your side because she would say something like "it is up to the student to be accountable for their actions", like I did not hold myself responsible. I understand it is my fault for submitting the wrong IHI certificate, but the instruction under Quality and Safety specifically told me to submit "A" certificate of completion. That was the only reason I'd chosen to submit a certificate that I completed for the Quality and Safety module. This is killing me. How I wished I'd never enrolled at WGU.
I completed my MBA in IT Management at WGU in 18 months. I had previously gotten my BBA in MIS at Michigan. I found the MBA program at WGU to be exceptional. Sure, it was difficult and a lot of work, but that is what you expect in a masters program. As I was already working in senior management, all my work was done at night and on weekends. Without fail, during each course, I learned a major thing that I was able to put to immediate use as an IT executive. It was really hard to believe. I found every course to be very valuable, the reading materials were extensive and informative, the requirements for each paper I had to write were very clear, the grading rubrics were very clear, and the grading was tough but fair. If you are self motivated and self driven and can work productively on your own, I would absolutely recommend WGU! My undergrad experience at Michigan seemed like a huge waste of time compared to WGU. I'm not saying Michigan wasn't good - they are obviously world class. However, I spend thousands of hours sitting and listening to a professor drone on and on. The experience at WGU is much more focused and productive.
WGU is a absolutely great school, It took me 2 years to complete my BS in Accounting, I could have finished a lot sooner but I procrastinated on a few things. It was no cake walk by any means. The courses are challenging and provide real life scenarios to the course work. I have re-enrolled for my MBA, now that I know first hand how WGU works I hope to finish in 1.5 years max. I love this school.