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Western Govenors University is an excellent school. It seemed designed for me in that I do not live near a University that offers an MBA and uprooting to be near one did not seem to me to be a financially viable option. The course of study is challenging and requires a commitment on the your part to complete. You will work with a student mentor that will call you regularly and ensure your progress. This student mentor will have a degree at least equivalent to the one you are seeking. We set weekly goals and the follow-up calls were to review progress toward these goals and set new goals for the next week. This worked well for me, but if you struggle with organization, there are tools available to help provide structure for those less organized with their time and commitments. Course mentors are available to help you through any difficulties you may experience in the course work. Course mentors are PhDs in the field they are teaching. I found them to be outstanding in every way, very knowledgeable, eager to help and very available. The school is not a paper mill, it does not accept everyone that applies, but if you have experience in your field and appropriate documentation, you should be fine. Someone with good experience in their chosen field may be able to advance rapidly through the degree program. Competence based education through online learning is genius in that it provides a high quality education at a reduced cost. Tuition at WGU is fixed with no hidden costs - including your books (provided online). You get six months to complete as much as possible, so acceleration is up to you. It is possible all student mentors are good at their jobs, but mine was particularly excellent. Always going the extra mile, he made arrangements for me to speak to course mentors, introducing me and providing background before I spoke to them and helped me navigate through the very robust learning platform. He also, gently and effectively, kept me on task. Coursework itself is quite excellent, provided by experienced educators, often from other schools who take time to teach at WGU. My courses included a class taught by a professor at UCLA, one from UNLV, another from UofU and my favorite class was taught by a BYU professor. There are two types of exams, Objective (question and answer exams), and Performance (you write a paper or complete a project). Objective exams are uniquely proctored online so there is no need to go to a testing center. The exam material is challenging and will thoroughly test your competence. My background in IT, finance, and accounting did help and may have provided me an edge in these exams, but my most difficult courses were Statistics, and the IT related courses. WGU provides excellent learning resources for research purposes and other skilled resources such as a writing center that provides great help for grammar and citations. I enjoyed my experience at WGU. I seem to enjoy learning more than I did years ago. The experience gave everything context and I saw the value of what I was learning immediately. It is a competitive program and I highly recommend it.
You really have to be self motivated and a good knowledge base of what you are studying. Independence is a must and wgu is very flexible. Some times I took months off in between terms due to finishing early. Mentor phone calls are a pain but can be set to bi-weekly instead of once a week. I highly recommend this university for working individuals who can focus on online classes I would recommend this for someone right out of high school with little to no job experience.
WGU is an amazing price and a great program. I was challenged and able to work at my pace to complete my degree. The course mentors and student mentors work very hard to help you achieve your goals. The program was rigorous but worth the effort, I was able to pass all state assessments and course work requirements for my teaching endorsements.
I have been enrolled fro just a few months. I find the school refreshing after the disaster known as University of Phoenix. I have attended 3 different colleges over the years, and WGU, so far, has been the best experience. Folks who are complaining about format, admissions, and other things, are probably as much to blame as the school. WGU is designed for people to further their career in disciplines they already work in. It is not a "hold your hand" school like many others. For me, personally, this works. Maybe other students require something different. I like the work at your own pace. I completed my first class in just 4 weeks. If you complete all assigned classes for one term, pull some classes up from the next term. Graduate faster, cheaper. The degree seems to be accepted in my industry. I know many recruiters (some who graduated from WGU) who told me the BSMGT I am working on would be accepted as a bona-fide business degree. In short, it is not traditional, which may make it more difficult for some, perfect for others. There are many choices out their. Educate yourself to what will work best, for you.
Outstanding program! I really appreciated that the school is fully certified and transferable, if I wanted to go get my masters at the local state university it would be no problem. I liked coming out of the program with a lot of certifications. The pricing structure was a model that should be adopted by all schools, it really encourages focus.
My biggest dislike of this kind of school system, is that well it is suppose to be work at your own pace. Yet the resources are not there for you to fully learn unless you want to participate in chat groups with other students. I consistently find myself, not knowing why they didn't add deprecation into an equation when the previous example did. Yet if I want to find out, here lets schedule 15 minutes, 3 days from now. Forcing you to either give up asking, or to move on and simply swallow not understanding what is happening until you have already built a foundation on something you don't really get to find out why later. I also feel there is a huge inconsistency in the videos and resources for different courses. Also along my several years attending they have lowered the standards of testing and course coverage because it was to difficult for students.
I found WGU deceptive and the caliber of actual content was grossly lacking. I had asked repeatedly and was assured that class content was solid and geared toward understanding, not just on getting a piece of paper (aka degree). I was less interested in the degree and more interested in actually learning accounting. Instead, I found the learning materials extremely dry and old school textbook oriented. I had to search for better learning tools online - fortunately, there are many and they are free. If WGU is getting all this money for its classes, it should be investing in great learning tools and videos, not just e-textbooks and webinars led by cynical teachers. WGU is really just a way to get a rubber stamp degree, mostly for people who already know the subject they're going through the motions with.
I could not be happier with WGU. I made the decision to attend WGU after I obtained a full time management position. I wasn't able to find classes offered at my local CSU after 5PM. WGU allowed me the opportunity to keep my full time job and finish my degree in a year and a half (after transferring in credits from my AA). This school is not for everyone. You have to be extremely self-motivated and focused. It's very easy to slack off and not succeed. If you don't like your student mentor, request another one. I had a bad experience with my first one, and my experience was so much more enjoyable and SUCCESSFUL after switching. My hardest class was Finance, and I did not receive the help I needed via the class mentor. I utilized Youtube and other resources to learn the material on my own. Overall, I plan on returning to WGU for my MBA in a couple years after I take a break and have a couple kids. Make the time, make it a priority, and you can make it happen.
I wanted to try other areas in nursing but a BSN was required . I am 58 years old and graduated with a diploma certificate in 1981. I am an adult critical care nurse presently in the ED for 26 years. To go back to school was a huge decision but as I started WGU and had my first course I fell in love with the program. I stayed enrolled and completed each course on time and learned so much of nursing that I actually never knew! I made this my goal to complete each task and course, and the 2 years flew by. Graduation was my goal and it was fabulous in Salt Lake City. Now I am starting my new job as case manager in the ED! WGU makes it possible for adult learners to succeed! Try this school , you will love it!
WGU is a very good school. I can assure those reading that this is not a fake review, as someone accused of below. The course of study is rigorous and is HIGHLY dependent on self motivation. If you are able to set and honor your own goals, you will do well with WGU. If you require structure to help you achieve your goals then this school will be more difficult for you. One is not better than the other, simply different learning styles. That being said, I am more door #2 and I have managed to get my BSN and my MSN within three years through WGU. Initially I applied and was accepted to UTA for my RN to BSN. I found that program poorly run with poor student support. WGU tempted me by the affordable price. Tuition is a flat rate regardless of how many classes you take, allowing you to accelerate your program without additional cost to you. Online books are included in tuition, eliminating one of the more major expenses involved in seeking a college education. I was also drawn to the mentor program. Having someone to hold me loosely accountable and to discuss frustrations with was very good for me. The coursework is excellent. For the RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs, you must be working as a nurse to be accepted into the program. This is an important distinction. Critical thinking is absolutely required to be able to pass the exams. Independent study is a vital part of this program. Not all material on the exams are covered explicitly in the coursework; this is where working knowledge and critical thinking come into play. There is nothing on the exams that you should not be able to figure out as an RN working in acute care. However, that is also one of the downfalls of the program; it is very much geared toward those nurses who work in acute care. As we all know, not all nurses do. I personally found the exams to be very similar to NCLEX and, while rigorous, not out of the ordinary for our career field. I do have five years of recent acute care experience and I do feel it made a big difference in my ability to pass the exams. I liked that I could essentially "test out" of courses in which I had the knowledge to pass without wasting weeks of time studying redundant materials. As a student, you are assigned a personal "mentor", who is an MSN or higher level nurse. Every course also had two to three class mentors, who were also MSN or higher nurses. Graders are required as well to have advanced degrees. My personal mentor has seen me through the good, the bad and the occasional ugly meltdown. The course mentors were, without exception, simply amazing. Reaching out to them was intimidating to me the first time. I never hesitated again after that. They were accessible, approachable, kind, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile each and every time. WGU has an excellent digital library for students to access for research purposes and a writing center to help clean up those papers before submitting for grading. They take care to avoid those who would cheat by plagiarizing others by scanning all submitted papers into TurnItIn, a database of published and student works. Papers over 30% match do not pass muster. I never had one rank more than 11%. The average age of my graduating class was 40. There were a lot of us who are working parents. It was a diverse group of people at our graduation ceremony, which was super special and very well done. The competency based program is gathering steam and beginning to be offered by other institutions now. WGU is the first of its kind and it was, without a doubt, a way to make going back to school easier, more manageable and more affordable for those of us who did not do this early in life. Cons I encountered included the absolute need for self direction (which ultimately has helped me grow, but it did make things hard), shifting coursework changing up expectations from students from semester to semester and at one point being advised to skip doing a couple of classes I was enrolled in because they were changing. With those, I was told they would reflect as an "incomplete" on my transcript, thus not impacting my GPA. Unfortunately they did not honor my good faith following of those instructions and now sit on my transcript as "not passed", which equates to an F. That has me upset, as it may limit my ability to get in for NP school. My complaints regarding this have gotten lost in the bureaucracy without an advocate for getting it resolved and fixed. I have been told there are no "incomplete" grades or "withdrawn" grades on WGU transcripts, so be aware, you cannot quit in the middle and negate the impact of it. Once you are signed up, you are either going to pass or not. There does seem to be some disorganization as the school works out their rapid growth. In all, I think WGU is a good option for those who are able to follow the program, critically think and discipline themselves to do the work. The coursework is definitely in line with current evidence-based practice guidelines and is staffed by admirable nurses who have achieved already what we are studying to become. I am proud of my degrees from WGU. I am not proud, however, of my transcript given the two grade I did not earn nor deserve. I do recommend this program, but go into it with open eyes.