Western Governors University Reviews
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BACKGROUND: Previously attended two nationally ranked highly recognized traditional state universities as a full-time on-campus student. Initially concerned about attending any on-line school due to being uncertain about quality of education. Now attending WGU as on-line undergraduate business student. WGU MODEL: Business program at WGU is top notch and easily competes with quality of education from traditional business programs. WGU online model is centered on student demonstrating competency in their field of study by completing online objective assessment / exam for each course. Student completes online objective assessment while being monitored live by a third-party proctor via web cam with audio. WGU KEY STRENGTHS: 1) Students are required to complete minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and pay only a single flat rate regardless of how many more additional courses are completed within the semester - in other words, once student has successfully completed the objective assessment / exam they can jump right into completing another course within the same semester for no additional cost! 2) There's no required homework - seriously! Students are given the material and resources needed to prepare for completing the objective exam / assessment and are given the freedom to self-determine what learning strategy / schedule best fits their needs. Another way to think about is, WGU doesn't worry about assigning homework because at the end of the day it's up to the student to prove they know the material by successfully completing the objective exam. 3) WGU gives each student a specific mentor to provide regular guidance and support (sometimes includes a needed kick in the butt), and the same person (mentor) stays with the student throughout their entire degree program. Mentor is someone who is also a professional within the student's chosen field - typically has at least MBA in addition to having real world experience. 4) WGU is cheap compared to other 4 year accredited universities (full time student typically pays $3,000 per semester). Overall WGU provides high quality education, provides the student greater flexibility on scheduling, and is cheaper than most other 4 year accredited universities. Would highly recommend Western Governors University to anyone. Overall
I have attended the classic brick and mortar schools and this was my first "online" degree. The MBA Degree program involved competency based papers and some group work. The work was not terribly complex but the ability to research, understand, and produce results were all taught through these courses. This has helped me in my career as a manager and has given me a better understanding of what my CIO is looking for. I initially had trouble with a couple financial courses and I found that some of the classes had vague rubrics and caused me some distress. However, my mentor taught me a trick about the courses and what they are asking for and I found that that extremely helpful. I would recommend that before you start any course work or paper watch ALL the videos the course mentors put out on the respective courses. Each video ranged from 10 to 20 minutes but they provided invaluable ideas for completing the work successfully as well as tips on how to tackle the work. (These would include the gotchas) This has saved me countless hours of time and frustration. Over all I found the work challenging but the real challenge was the motivation to find the time and discover the answers to the courses through research, reading, online discussions, talking to mentors, and other professionals. If you are motivated and willing to do your own work this can be a school for you.
I love WGU. I will have my bachelor's degree in about 3 months. The classes are not easy, but the mentors are amazing. They offer tons of webinars and online groups to help you get through courses. You only pay for the semester, not per credit. You can add on classes, finish your degree faster and save money.
If you want your education and are driven to achieve, this is a great degree program. The only negative is that if you work and are enrolled, sometimes course mentor hours are not expanded late enough in the evenings or all day on the weekends for assistance, but there are some after hours help. It is easy to get help and you can get as much help as you need.
I have tried a few schools, but my experience at Western Governor's University was absolutely THE BEST!!! I just graduated with my B.S. in Accounting and am returning to the school to obtain my Master's in Accounting. Every experience I had with the school from dealing with my mentor to working with the finance department was A-1. Competency based learning isn't for everyone, so some will have negative comments about their experience, but WGU will always have a place in my heart an to me will always be the best.
Before signing up with WGU, I looked online for reputable online programs. Many universities were offering MBA-type programs, but not many public or private schools were offering education degrees. Most seemed like degree mills that mostly wanted my money. I had no trouble buying into WGU's philosophy; demonstrate competence, work at my own pace, become an expert in my field, and graduate with a real degree that will help my career. I had an excellent mentor (Anita!) and almost a year later, I still look back at my experience with WGU with fondness. It was hard work, but I had a lot of online support, lots of clear instructions, and plenty to do to sharpen my skills. Meanwhile, I've been promoted, had my degree recognized by schools (as it is regionally accredited and National Board certified) and even turned my master's thesis into a published academic article. If you're interested in WGU for the education department, I can say that I am very impressed with the learning I was able to do for the price. I'm currently enrolled in a different M.Ed. program but I'm not as happy with it - even though my current school is more recognized. Go figure :) Good luck and trust in WGU. I'm currently
The RN-BSN program is a cakewalk. I would give "0" stars if I could for quality of instruction if I could because WGU does not employ instructors- rather "course mentors" that did not truly help and seemed to only monitor the student message boards and post the rare Q&A to attempt to involve students. My degree helped my career and I would recommend it to others because it was so easy and cheap. It was basically a series of CLEP tests compared to a full 16-week semester at a regular university. Very few stars given overall because I honestly don't feel as if I learned any new information other than becoming the APA formatting queen. Will be going elsewhere for my Master's degree for a more challenging education
WGU is non profit so not as expensive and I like the way their program works. I had a student mentor that called me weekly the first six months then bi-weekly after. She helped me set goals and provided a lot of encouragement and assistance. Whenever I was having a problem I could count on her to either help me herself or get someone else at the university that was moire knowledgeable about my specific dilemma. You can get your Masters in two years. Semesters are 6 months and you work on a certain number of classes during that six months at your own pace. I heard about one student that finished all his requirements in less than a year, but it took me the full two years. As long as you finish all the classes, called CU's, you commit to taking each semester you can take as long or short a time as you need. I was working on a Masters in High School Math Education and I had an education class I finished in two weeks but I also had a math class that took me two months to get through. But I did it!! The classes are all pass/fail so your overall GPA will not show any real changes. Rather than conventional "tests" there are tasks you complete for each class. When you submit a task, it is reviewed and if changes are needed you work on it to fix it until it is correct. If you run into a problem, and just can't get past a task, there are course mentors that will provide guidance to get you on the right track. My diploma was mailed today. I cannot wait to get it
WGU is basically a way for people to get a degree without having to do all that messy school work. I can't quite comprehend the people who have said the program is hard; for me it was just a matter of doing a few hours of work a week and I managed to finish about 100 credits in three semesters (1 1/2 years). Several of the courses you can pass by passing a single multiple-choice test. If you're good at figuring out tests, you can easily get through those classes by skimming through the textbook, getting a basic understanding of the material, and sometimes just guessing. Other courses are passed by doing a handful of assignments. I don't think I had a single class that required more than, say, 10 hours of work to finish these assignments. The assignments I turned in were almost never rejected by the graders. If they were rejected, it was only for minor corrections that took a few minutes. The final capstone project (that was supposedly 9 credits) took me all of a week to complete. So the college saves you money by not employing professors. They have "course mentors" who are basically useless. Each class has a message board where students can post questions, and the course mentors theoretically give them assistance. I never used them for help because I never needed it, but a few times I would respond to other students' questions because the mentors would completely ignore them and not give any help, and I just felt bad for the students who were struggling. Despite what WGU claims, the degree does not seem to be taken seriously by employers. I never got anywhere near a position related to my degree; I had maybe one interview for an accounting clerk job which I didn't get. I eventually just gave up trying to get an accounting job. I will give my degree one bit of praise: I was able to get into graduate school (a real school, not WGU) with it. Though I suspect that my application was approved despite my degree, not because of it. (It's not an accounting program, for what it's worth.) I saw one review on here that stated the person had received a master's degree in three months. Others have finished a bachelor's degree in one semester (six months). I have to ask: do you really think that getting a degree in that short period of time means anything? There's no way that you could have learned anything substantive in a few months. WGU is part of the problem with higher education in this country - institutions granting degrees without actually teaching anything devalues the legitimate education that is pursued by people at universities with actual professors. WGU is at least better than the for-profit online schools like University of Phoenix, in that it costs students a lot less money to get a degree that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. But that's a very low bar.
I have read many online reviews about WGU and this website is of no exception. I graduated from the MBA program and I will clearly say this university is no paper mill every class is a challenge. I however will say if WGU continues to do nothing to ensure academic integrity as one reviewer pointed out then it certainly will become a paper mill in the long run. The fact that WGU does not change its course study material and paper outlines at least once a year troubles me. I am seeing many reviews from students who say the finished this MBA in 3 months! My response is are you kidding me? 3 months to research and write over 1000 pages of absolutely perfect research paper submissions and projects. Wow to me you people are either cheating or Clark Kent any way a hearty congrats to you. The one review where the student states you can purchase papers from other students is absolutely credible as I have looked into it. I have to say this greatly disturbs me and destroys the credibility and integrity of WGU's programs. I have to ask the question of why? It would take little from WGU to prevent and stop this from occurring. In addressing the course mentor claims of paid commissions yes it's true as i am friends with my mentor even after graduation and he spilled the beans. In addition it is also true the student mentors know nothing about your courses and they can't contribute any useful information. In addressing the course mentor issues I do not get this because I received helpful feedback from every course mentor that I contacted and the online web seminars are extremely helpful. The question of whether WGU hires it's own previous graduates is easily answered they do my mentor was a previous graduate and in fact being a graduate actually provides you more leverage in getting a interview I have been told. The degree is beautiful on quality paper with blue and gold trim with WGU printed in the background a hard earned treasure indeed. In addressing whether or not DBA or PHD programs at other institutions will accept your degree, absolutely yes! I don't know where some of the folks get their information but they are wrong. WGU is not for the weak minded nor the faint of heart if you need your hand held this place is not for you. In addressing the GPA issue and this I myself have issues with WGU states the student must demonstrate a B or better in every course to receive a pass folks a B in my many years of college experience is a 3.0 GPA I think that this is WGU biggest mistake and has pushed many perspective students to other institutions. Why! competition people I know I was a much better student than a 3.0 because I worked hard to perfect every paper and received top marks in every evaluation however I can't prove it nor can I show any perspective employer that I was an above average student, average student nor can I show I was only a poor student. I am not happy with this section of the WGU institution. The transcripts are not very helpful to any employer and in retrospect to one review when you proceed to apply for any state position that requires a graduate degree or to any teaching position or to any institution of higher learning for acceptance and you certainly you will see that your transcripts matter. I am happy and proud of my MBA from WGU I earned it. I would not however recommend this university to anyone who had a C average in a traditional college or to any one who can't self teach themselves and or have never attended any online classes. In closing and to come strait to the point, I believe if WGU makes some very necessary adjustments that it could truly be the college of tomorrow and the GPA / Transcript and the academic integrity issues should be at the top of their list.