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I loved this program. The competency based classes were great. If you have prior knowledge in the area, you can quickly finish a class in a matter of days. This is not an easy program, it just cuts out all of the busy work. There are no specific deadlines, no class discussions (other than the introductory class, which is new since I graduated). I was able to finish quickly, and when I finished early my second semester, I was reimbursed a prorated amount. I highly reccommend this clas to family and friends, and have had more than 5 friends get their BSN through WGU. I just enrolled in the MSN program, and am looking forward to it! The exams are proctored, and they request to see around the test area to prevent cheating. I am fine with that! I think it gives credibility to the degree.
I have no complaints about this university! Meets my expectations above and beyond! Student mentor and course Mentors are always there to provide assistance. The class layout is very easy to maneuver through. I feel like Ive learned more from this university in six months then I learn from my previous university in four years.
Before going through WGU consider: #1. WGU is NOT an accredited institution, only their programs are accredited. That's good, but it is FAR MORE important that an institution be accredited. If it is not, then the majority of your work (your degree) will NOT be recognized by other colleges. #2. WGU boasts about the percentage and employment of WGU grads, but does not report how many of those people were ALREADY employed in their chosen career prior to attending WGU. In summation, my opinion is that WGU is a bit more like a second tier trade school. It isn't horrible, it isn't expensive (relatively speaking) but you would be better off going through Udacity since their courses have well-known industry backing.
I am currently trying to enroll. My enrollment specialist is the worst fit for her job that I have encountered. She doesn't seem to have much of an idea what she's doing when I ask questions, she ums a lot and takes a very long time to look up information. She also has no idea what to say when the caller doesn't stick to her "script" of stock answers. I was told I didn't pass one of the readiness assessments and I would have to take it again. There are 4, so I asked which one? She said she has no idea, the system doesn't tell them that, I just have to take all 4 tests over again. So if I have no idea which test I did poorly on, how am I supposed to brush up for the retake??
I am a current student of WGU. Let me share my experience. As any organization, WGU have pros and cons Pros: They assign u a degree mentor who stay with u during the whole degree. My degree mentor is amazing. She is so helpful. Try to help me as much as she can. Always contacting people in my behalf. Provide a lot of info. She there for emotional support as well. Each course has few course mentors they will assign u one. They also very helpful, they go out of their way to help u. Sometime they answer u during their days off. Cons: Academically: how they set the course? They give you the book and tell you knock yourself out with a little resources. No human lectures. Youll have no idea what to focus on and the course mentor doesnt know these things or they never saw the real test to give you an idea about what to focus on and whats important in the book Quizzes: In the end Or during Every chapter they give you quizzes that has nothing to do with the final exam, not in the same format not even related to the final test it only try to measure your knowledge about the subject. Then it comes only one realistic test to practice on, the pre-assessment. If you fail the the final exam even within one point there is no compromise with a paper or extra credit project to make up for this one point. All the questions in the final test or scenario-based questions they dont give you a direct question. If they messed up on The final they wont fix their mistake they will tell you poops sorry but you have to redo the test. The class that Im taking right now they told me it will be 66 questions and I found out during the test that they increase the number of the questions without notifying me before hand so I had to rush through the test and I end up failing with two points only. Of course they tell me we sorry its our fault but there is nothing we can do youll have to take it again. The system of the college: all the people that you have access to, have no power whatsoever except for giving you advice or support you emotionally. If you ask for the dean of student or anyone with power they will tell you, no such a person exist. its a mechanical system that has no human emotion at all. Degree mentor: they have no power over anything, so if u encounter any problems, all what they can do is to send an email to some department who they dont know anyone in I really do not recommend this university unless you have no other choice
I liked the classes but am having a hard time getting my special ed. Credential. Honestly the Masters degree is worthless if I cant get a credential in my home state. The credential process they advertise is not what they tell you after you graduate.
The instructors and the courses are fabulous!! However the financial aid department is the worst. They drop the ball and you are left to pick up the pieces and get them back on track. I requested a refund that is normally I was told a 15 day process I am going 45 days and now advised that it will be issued through a 3rd party never heard of that. This my last term with WGU good luck to rest of you stay on top of your account because financial aid will NOT
I've read a few other reviews and personally cannot relate to any of the negative ones. WGU is 100% online so you can't expect it to be anything close to traditional b+m learning. Of course the proctors have to look around your desk! They do this to make sure you aren't cheating so don't take it so personally (it's their job for crying out loud). I didn't have much trouble with my financial aid but that doesn't mean everyone else will have the same experience. I attended a b+m university before and their financial aid office was hell to deal with but I've heard of others having it easy. As for the education, it is there but It really depends on how much you want to take from it. They present the material through various ways (i.e.: online textbooks, videos, modules, etc) which I find refreshing. You must be self-motivated! Your mentor will help some but it's ultimately up to you.
I recently graduated from WGU. My overall experience was great. This is one of the best online school that offered quality education with affordable tuition. Being a IT professional, I found their degree programs are very competitive and allighn with real life/project situation. The information I learnt in his program helped me immensely In solving issues. So program met the quality standard. However, this program is not suited for all individual. This program is definitely for the one who are self motivated, inspirational, dedicated and have good time management skill sets. I was able to complete this program before my term ends. This is because my professional experience helped me get through those course fast enough. People who don't have any experience will face challenges but it can be overcome with hard work and dedication. However, I found course mentors are not as effective as I thought before enrolling in the program. My first semester was little bumpy as I was hoping course mentor would review my paper and point out my problems. Rather they asked me where I need help. I was dumbfaced because I didn't know what I was doing wrong to tell them where I need help. That gave a lesson in positive way. Research and analyze your problem on your own rather waiting for other to help. This analogy helped me to get through my remainder courses because I already knew I am on my own. If one know how to follow the task rubrics and touches the points outlined in the rubrics, paper would never sent back for revision. All My tasks for last three courses, including the capstone were passed in first time. So I never had to work on revision of my task. One thing I hate about WGU is they don't have GPA scale for their courses. I wish if they have it. Most of colleges asses your accedimic standings based on GPA. But WGU has only pass/fail result. Thus, it Is not good approach in showing your true merit. Hope they change this in future. I recommend them to add more video tutorials from any sources in the course to guide the students in right directions.
I am extremely unimpressed with my degree experience. After many years of hard work to earn my degree to become a math teacher, I finally finished the program. I was lead to believe that WGUs degree program satisfies NJs requirements for certification. However, this is not the case. I took thousands of dollars of grant money and in return I committed to teach four years in public school. Now I cant get my certification because NJ state requirements were not met by my program. Therefore, I cant get a job and I will have to pay back all of that grant money. WGU is not taking responsibility so Im left with thousands of dollars of debt and no way to pay it back because I cant get a job. I have learned the hard way that you cant trust WGU.