Western Governors University Reviews
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Greetings and salutations, I'm a recent graduate of Western Governors University. An entirely based online school, if you Google cheapest online college WGU will be the first to pop up. That is one reason I selected it, students can also expedite classes. Meaning once they have an understanding of the course or previous knowledge they can take the examination and finish early. Which is a phenomenal feature that WGU offers. The online structure offers convenience and flexibility but it lacks in accountability which you'll find at any online university. One thing I'm worried about is the validity of the degree and the feeling around online universities for being sub par compared to typical sit down classrooms. It is an accredited institution but the judgment is still there. It's a great cost efficient program but from a career aspect I wish that I would have chosen a different route which is why I'm pursuing an MBA now from a local classroom university.
I am a current student at WGU. This college is not for students pursuing a degree in a field in which they are not currently employed. The material that is provided is very technical. In the IT program you are evaluated on your ability to pass national certifications. This can be fairly tough for a student, as myself, who is just entering a new field. One is required to dedicate hours of study time, which is difficult for the working adult. I sit at work all day and study and at home and feel like it is not enough time in a day for the material. The mentors...well I can only speak for my mentor, but I feel as though every time we speak that it is a recording. When he/she asks whether he/she can do anything to help and you explain whatever problem you have and are told that you need to speak to your course mentor. I feel as though the mentor that calls every week is useless. I miss the forum interactions and the class setting; this college certainly makes you feel like you are alone. I plan to do as many courses as I can in my six months and attend another institution for the remainder of my studies. Also many of the entry level jobs and internships, CSX and Boeing to name a few requires the pursuing of a bachelors with a GPA of at least 3.2 and since this school is pass or fail, well this makes that difficult.
I choose WGU Nursing program because of few of my coworkers studied there. The main attraction was the affordability. You could go through classes as fast as you can, paying the same fixed amount for the semester. My friends completed the BS in Nursing ( on top of associate) in 12-18 months. So, if you are able to handle non-stop extensive paper writing, supplied by the very minimum of confusing directions, and inability to get straight responses from mentors, this program is for you. Weekly phone calls with your counselor will make your feel imprisoned and schooled, but that's how they keep you hooked. Some of the student counselors don't even care what are you talking about, they just need to indicate the fact of the conversation. Study materials is not easy to follow! For me, the most useful info was obtained from course chartrooms. Where other poor souls like you exchange their pains and aches. Taskstreem that WGU chose for submitting and grading student papers is a separate story. You will get how it works, eventually...... sometime by the end of your program. The most "amazing" thing on Taskstream is originality report section. All of your previously submitted papers would appear as plagiarism, if you attempt to re-submit it. WGu could invest some pennies into purchasing more student friendly program. Their evaluators work like slaves, grading hundreds student papers a month. No wonder they get emotional in writing reviews. There is no human interaction with evaluators, so they take a full advantage of hiding behind the screen anonymously. If you want to be belittled and scolded on your school papers, this program is for you. I would not recommend WGU BS Nursing program to my friends. There are other better places, like Grand Canyon, for example.
You don't get help from the professors like you should. Beat around the bush answers and never anything direct. Even if I sincerely tried. Should have spent my money somewhere else where help would have been given. WGU=affordable, but not student friendly.
I transferred out to pay higher tuition due to the lack of support and clarification received from Course Mentors, Student Mentors, and management. You will be fine as long as you keep your head down, and avoid noticing any of their many inconsistencies in modules.
I read a lot of reviews when trying to figure out if WGU was right for me. Some of the reviews really made me nervous but I went ahead and enrolled anyways. I loved my program and the course mentors. The self paced approach was really what I was looking for as I wanted to get this degree as quickly as possible. I was able to start in July 2015 and will graduate in Dec 2015-dont get me wrong it was a lot of work-45 papers, an exam, practicum and a thesis but I was able to get through the material quickly. You definitely need to be able to set your own goals and teach yourself most of the material-this isnt an issue for me because i'd rather do that than sit in classes-I didnt that for undergrad and my first grad degree. There are course mentors to assist you when needed and a mentor that follows you for support.
Once you have completed Calculus, Linear & Abstract Algebra, & passed your Math Praxis, you must pass gov't edTPA or WGU TAKES AWAY YOUR MATH DEGREE (YOUR PROVEN SKILL) & REPLACES IT WITH A GENERAL ED DEGREE 'cause the gov says you can't teach! WOW!
It's been two years since graduating from WGU and I have yet to secure a job in the field that my degree is in. To make matters worse, they started offering IT certifications two years into my program, yet didn't offer them to me. Funny thing is, I found out by showing some friends of mine who were prospective students, the WGU website. When I contacted them to inquire about why I wasn't offered these certifications, I got the run around, then they stopped returning my calls and e-mails. I have since started taking certification courses to fill in the educational gaps that my WGU education should have filled. I keep a folder of all the emails that I received from Western Governors University during that time with all of the various excuses. Now, when people ask me about my experience with the school, I show them the folder, show them my student loan debt, and explain that I am still working in the same field that I was working in when I started school. Then I let them decide if its worth the money. It was bad enough that they didn't accept most of the units I had from my A.A. degree from a previous college when I started, but all they had to do was add the certifications to my program, since I was still attending and racking up loan debt. I'd probably be working in my degree field by now if they did. They obviously knew the degree was lacking something, or they wouldn't have added the certifications. This is my W.G.U. experience.
I earned my associate's degree from a local community college and had taken quite a few classes toward my bachelors at the local university when I heard about WGU. I decided to go to WGU as it sounded very convenient. I work and have a family, so WGU seemed ideal for me. At first it seemed wonderful... perfect! My degree plan showed I needed about 12 classes to finish, which was a couple more than what I would have needed through the university, but I felt that was a good trade off. The first term with WGU went well, but then my mentor stopped calling and would not respond to my email or phone calls. I was on my own. For the most part, this wasn't a big deal as I'm very organized and motivated to get my assignments done. I was getting concerned though as things were not going as they should and no one would give me any answers. I had asked for Elementary Education, but they put me in Special Education saying it was just a couple more classes and would be good for me, even though it's not the area I wanted. I couldn't get anyone to change it. When it came time for my 2nd term, my entire degree plan changed... it now had 33 classes!!! Special Education was still my degree, so that hadn't changed, but they added a LOT more classes. No one could tell me why all of those classes were added... what a shock that was to me! Eventually, my mentor was replaced, and she was very nice, but didn't seem to know much. She always had to get back with me and never had concrete answers for me. Very frustrating. Just a few weeks into the 2nd term, I started to get so concerned that I decided to contact the local university and see what my options were to finish my degree. Only one course I took through WGU transferred, the rest were not necessary... so I wasted a lot of time and money. My graduation date through WGU was going to be 2017, but through the university, it will be 2015! I think WGU is a great concept, but there are many kinks they need to work out. I wasn't able to put forth the money and time needed to finish at WGU. Plus, I must be able to fully trust and gain the answers and information I need. I did not feel that way with WGU. I have also been told personally that the lack of letter grade and grade point average can be a big deal for some schools who are hiring. I hear mixed reviews about how WGU is perceived with those looking to hire teachers. I couldn't take that risk either.
Normally, colleges will tell you that you have to select a Science course, a Math course, an Arts course, etc. and then provide you a list from each category. You can then choose the specific course that either most closely aligns with what you want to do or is just more your speed. For example, I do better at Chemistry than Biology simply because my chosen course of study has nothing to do with the human body or plants or anything like that. If I were going into medicine I might prefer Biology over Geology, and so on. WGU doesn't allow you this type of choice. The program is given assumptive courses from the categories, often not making any sense. I had two Biology courses in an IT program. Why? What's more, I had 6 total Science courses, 4 Math courses, three English courses - unlike other schools where you only have one of each. There weren't enough courses around my desired course of study (IT!) The pacing of it all and the competency-based model are fine. But the handling of the GE courses is just poor all around.