Western Governors University Reviews
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I wanted to point out that this was a very difficult school to complete classes. I thought a new wave of learning and using a competency based approach was useful for us as students, but I hate to say it, I was completely and undeniably wrong. It absolutely didn't work for me at all. The school has two ways of giving credits for courses, it's either an objective assessment (multiple choice questions) or a performance based assessment (rubric / analytical / essay questions). I was in the accounting program and I was disgusted by my results with the program. I didn't have much help from the course mentors on most of my classes and the professors don't really contact you all that often. They say they care about wanting to help you, but I didn't really feel that way at all with them. It took me several months to try to pass classes and it wasn't easy. The unique thing about this school is you can take exams in the comfort of your own home, but the problem is the exams are all proctored via a webcam that the school distributes. And it's the fact that you can't use any notes or textbook resources to help get through the exams. I think what really upset me is that if you fail an assessment, you don't know what mistakes you made and I thought that you learn in school by learning from your mistakes. The motto at WGU doesn't have a learn from your mistakes principle. It's more like you will struggle and you won't get the help you need to pass the assessments. And with the accounting degree, almost all the exams are objective based assessments. And I'll be honest, even though you don't have to turn any assignments in for objective based assessment courses, you have little to no leverage on the courses as you are only tested on assessments (one exam for each course that determines if you can pass). You are also tested on the entirety of a course with no outside resources and only a whiteboard that can be wiped easily (which the school provides) and only distinct calculators that the school recommends. I think if all schools were to stick with a competency based approach to passing courses, it would be ludicrous to assume that everyone would pass. I learned alot for each class I passed at this school but it was extremely tough and am deciding on going somewhere else. It is pathetic to see how long it takes me to pass a class. And I feel like I haven't accomplished anything when I take a stupid assessment and don't pass. This style of learning hasn't advanced jack sh^t in a career for me. I'm still in a dead end job and I'm still struggling to find a legitimate career. And by the way, this is my second degree I'm trying to complete. My first degree was in civil engineering where I attended a traditional in person campus. I felt like I accomplished so much more over there and never failed any classes in that university. But I'm not happy with the fact that I still haven't found a career job and am still stuck in my useless dead end job that has a garbage salary, no progression, and pathetic opportunities to advance. I really hate the situation I'm in and I never realized that having an applicable degree will cause you to work a job that only entails an education that is less than a G.E.D. It's absolutely pathetic and disgraceful as SH^T!!! And I'm really getting tired of where my life is right now. All the hard work I did in college has done absolutely nothing to give me a career in something. I realized now that all I ever really needed was a high school diploma to be honest and live that futile paycheck to paycheck salary bullsh^t. And I say this because I didn't utilize any of my essential mathematical, science, and logical reasoning skills whatsoever in a job. I'm absolutely disgusted with everything that has been going on in my life. I haven't seen an opportunity in anything since I've been born and it's pretty sad considering how educated I am. I say this with deep regret but it is the pathetic truth! I have been in stagnation in the futile job I do and am in stagnation at WGU. What a great wonder of futile and bs digression. I haven't seen progression at all. And people who say that education can give you opportunities is an idiot and doesn't know sh^t. Im living proof that education has done nothing for me based on my current stupid job and the education I received in college has never gotten me a career either. Overall though, I wouldn't recommend WGU to anyone, unless they do a very easy major, but based on how these assessments are conducted where you cant learn from your mistakes and you cant use any outside resources for exams and you are really only tested on one objective based or performance based assessment for each course makes it that much more difficult to pass a class. It has been a total fluke to say the least for me and Im really surprised too that getting through bachelors level classes can be this pathetically hard considering I got through a BS in Civil Engineering. Im still confused by the whole situation. No thank you to WGU and no thank you to America for not giving me the opportunities I really wanted but NEVER got a chance at EVER!!!
I'm in my mid 30s and, until last year, I had come to accept that a bachelors degree would never happen for me, let alone a masters. I'm a dad with a full time job and couldn't put my family in 30k+ debt so I accepted my fate though I knew a degree would help my career in a big way. Then, last year, I found wgu and everything changed. I was able to complete my bachelors in 23 weeks and loved every minute of it. I was challenged from the start but being able to see an affordable and accredited degree on the horizon was my fuel. I'm now 1 month out from completing my masters and it will cost less than 5k for me in the end. If you're driven and really want that degree(s), WGU is your best bet.
I started in October 2017 and will be finished by February 2018; as of right now, I only have 3 classes left and 1 of those is a clinical. The faculty is excellent, well prepared and friendly. The courses are well constructed with availability of live classes, recorded ones, online textbooks, and support from a course adviser. It truly does allow you to go as quickly as you want or as slowly as need be for remediation. I already have another bachelor degree so this design has been beneficial and most affordable. I highly recommend this school
I highly recommend this college. The classes are tough, but all of the mentors are fantastic! Very flexible, military friendly, you can pretty much go at your fast.English is my third language, but I finished my RN to BSN in about 14 months. My mentor, Jamie S. was great, she guided and supported me all the time. The course mentors will help you even if you are going through tough times. The fact that a school actually cares to try and see you succeed is special. Overall I would recommend this school to anyone seeking further education in their desired field.
Like others have mentioned similar situations - I also had years in the IT field, but my lack of a degree was getting in the way of advancement. Comparing them with other regular brick and mortar schools and other online colleges I had attended - WGU is by far the best value and with the "competency based" system you earn industry certifications while you earn credits towards graduation. They do not hand out degrees - some of the certifications are extremely tough. You have a school mentor that is with you throughout and checks in weekly, as well as each class has a mentor to help with the material. Although it is self-paced, you do have a schedule to keep. Getting used to the mentor system took awhile but they really do help!
WGU provides an online and fast paced learning environment. At other colleges, I would become bored with the subjects or be unable to pay for every semester. By saving up enough money for two semesters, I was able to fit double the classes in and complete my degree!
I am a person with a disability under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) and the administration here is truly awful. I requested some simple accommodations for my courses in the College of IT and was laughed out the door. My student mentor was highly unprofessional, calling me at strange hours of the day when we did not have an appointment, and nobody was willing to help me work through my issues when I called several different departments for help. (Yes, I escalated, and the supervisors at Student Services are just as bad!) They KNEW I was struggling with my disability and I was mocked, lied to, misdirected, and put on the back burner. While they may cost you less money, they provide much less value. Western Governor's is an unprofessional and hostile environment for anyone covered by ADA. I have told every single family member and friend to AVOID this place. They want your money, but if you need access to normal learning resources and help (like those found at any serious public University), they will shame you and blame you and make your life hell on Earth. Save yourself some heartbreak and run as far and fast from WGU as you can. If you don't believe me, go read their surprise audit from the Department of Education. You won't believe what they have been getting away with. Shame on WGU. College students, disabled or not, deserve better than this.
This was an excellent university. I needed credits to gain my 2nd teaching certificate so I decided to get my Masters. Mentors were helpful and kept me on track to attain my goals. Classes were competency based so the areas I knew well went fast which left more time for areas that I needed more study.
I was able to transfer my associates degree and then get 2 years of school done in 6 months! Totally have to be a self starter but it got the job done and helped me get a great job. Considering going back to get my masters degree here soon! I would highly recommend this school.
I attended WGU for about a year under the BS accounting program. I completed 12 classes towards that degree, then I made it to Inter. Acct 1 and it stopped me right in my tracks. I have an associates in accounting and work in accounting. However, given my past experience and education for accounting I was not able to make it through that program. I have now dropped out and will try to go back for the BSMG degree next year. So is WGU a good school? Overall I was pleased with the school. I hate I wasn't able to make it through the accounting program but all I can try is my best and if that is not good enough I have to move on. Lots of ppl pass and graduate in the accounting program, however I will not be one of them. Hopefully I can come back with a success story with a BSBM degree. Best of luck to all!!!!