Western Governors University Reviews
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Evaluators do not have a background in what they are evaluating. They have routinely rejected submissions for not including information that wasn’t in the requirements. They add their own interpretation to the instructions and will fail your assessment until it complies with their new requirements. The course mentors (professor like figures) will not evaluate your work and have no power to address mistakes by the evaluators. It’s discouraging to focus on expanding your technical knowledge in a graduate program, and then be evaluated by liberal arts majors who know next to nothing about your subject. They cannot accurately assess or understand more complex arguments on par with your discipline and they fail to recognize when submissions implicitly address the requirements when it isn’t on a liberal art major’s level. The only mechanism you have to address mistakes committed by the grader is to file an appeal. For example, if your paper is evaluated against a rubric with nine parts out of ten passing as determined by the initial evaluator, the appeals process reserves the right to reject areas that had passed previously.
I am transferring to another program- as this program lacks so much! They did not accept any of my sciences from my state university where I earned my AS in Nursing. Very disappointed I spent 4 months at this school! I encourage fellow nurses to investigate before committing any money to this program!
The program was well structured, difficult, and taught me discipline. I had been working in the Accounting and Taxation field for many years when I started and completed this program. Finishing the program increased my self-esteem dramatically and prepared me for the MBA program I am now in at CSU, Fresno.
Straightforward school. Entrance exam wasn't insane, they just made sure you could take life at a online university by testing your self-motivation through a written essay. I wrote about what the educational world would be like if robots were in control. The classes leading up to the capstone project were moderately difficult. I had to buckle down for the research theory section of the degree the most. This university is NOT for students who need their hand held. The online UI used to locate textbooks and find out what to read and study via the program outline is well-designed but not perfect. I am glad too. You need patience, logic, trial and error, and an appreciation for imperfection to survive in this university and those are some qualities which are paramount for real world survival so I am all for the early introduction. Student services sector was kind and answered my few inquiries fine. Lot's of support throughout the entire degree and especially at the end during the capstone project. This school is like the old wiseman sitting on an outpost at the edge of a village. Travelers approach the old man and ask what the village is like, to which the old wiseman responds, as wisemen do, with a question. "What is the place like from where you come?" "Horrible!!! Worst place I have ever been. This is why I come to this village", responds the traveler. "Interesting", says the wiseman, "But I lament for I fear this place will also be just as horrible for you". People who tend to see the silver lining will love this school, and people who always smell poop wherever they go will think this school sucks, and people like me, who are in the middle, will find that this school gets the job done.
My experience was top notch overall at WGU. I am a pretty self motivated individual, but there are times when I can also procrastinate. This probably describes most students, and I am definitely a blend. If it were not for the proactive, weekly progress calls with my student mentor, I don't think I would have been as successful at getting through my degree. She was awesome and provided excellent tips and advice.
I got my Masters Degree at WGU. The experience was an excellent one, the curriculum was challenging, I was in contact with my advisor on a weekly basis which kept me on track and on pace to graduate. I would recommend WGU to any person who cannot get to an on-site school.
I don't know if I would have ever finished school it it were not for WGU. After several starts and stops someone recommended WGU. the cost structure was great as it included books. I was able to apply the skills I learned immediately ang got a promotion on my current job before I finished the program. It took dedication but if you are serious this is a great program. I remember thinking I was too old to take 2 years out for school then I realized 2 years would pass anyway so now I have something to show for that time. It's never too late to go back!
I must give a counter review - a lot of the students here have been able to complete in much less time than planned. I haven't been that lucky. It's partially my fault, partially my circumstance and partially the fact that I won't blame it on a circumstance. WGU has been known to allow opportunities for students to move along a faster pace if they can sustain. I fully intended to but didn't. But with that, I am still graduating on time. And I cannot be more thankful for that. If I tried traditional brick and mortar (I hate that term), I wouldn't have made it. My circumstances have changed so much during my time that no one could have planned, yet I stayed "on-track" because I worked when I could. This is an amazing opportunity if you come across it. The course mentors and student mentors are there solely for your success. Use them, it took me a couple of semesters to realize their worth. I'd be a lot further ahead if I did sooner.
After going to a brick and mortar university and not really getting anything out of the classes other than loss of time with my family I decided to try going online for my degree. I tried another online university, which consisted of a lot of busy work (posting in online chats) and impossible to schedule group work and then did some more research and found WGU to be what I was looking for. I was able to work at my own pace and quickly knock out classes that I was competent in and receive extra help in those I was not. Being able to take tests and study in my own schedule made a world of difference. Not only did I earn my degree, I learned new tools that actually help me in my career.
Having just completed an MS in Management in Leadership in one year (almost to the day) while working full time, I thought I'd share my experience with those contemplating enrollment at WGU. For those who are self-starters, highly motivated and can set aside - truly - at least 20 hours per week for your studies, this is an exceptional program and a great way to earn an accredited degree. Everything I needed to know was provided in the form of online textbooks, journal articles and training materials. I found the exams to be challenging but fair, and papers were graded according to an objective rubric by a third party. My mentor provided guidance throughout the program and encouraged me to accelerate my studies - which saved me the $3,250 for an originally-planned third term. The tab for the entire degree? Just $7,000. By my reckoning, the Franklin-Covey training alone would have cost several thousand dollars and provided excellent, practical and highly relevant information (i.e., I was able to implement "The 4 Disciplines of Execution" - one of the many Franklin-Covey training programs, with great effect at my place of work). Solid experience and I'd recommend to anyone who is able to work independently and remain focused.