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This school seemed okay at first, but after getting into some of the classes and talking with my mentor, I realized this school was not for me. The CDs they sent for my class and the videos they had online to help with classroom management and teaching strategies looked like they were from the early to mid-90s. Schools and students have changed a lot since that time so much of the information was unreliable. Secondly, I happened to get a temporary teaching job while attending this school. I could have stayed at that school since I was technically enrolled to get my license through WGU, but WGU would not let me stay at the school where I was being payed. They said I would have to leave that teaching job and be assigned to a school of their choosing and work for free. Of course I wasn't going to leave a paid job to go to a non-paid job. So I left this school and went to a cheaper and quicker state alternative teaching licensure program.
Attended WGU for one term for MSN (edu). This school teaches nothing and was a waste of my time and money. After that term I left and went to a real school eastern ky university for my degree. Needless to say they didn't accept any of my transfer classes. You have one assignment per class and you just keep redoing it until you pass. The learning is a page with different page numbers to read in your books. Mentors call and talk about their lives, so if you need a friend and a degree that you don't learn anything with, this is the place! Example of how this works: I turned in a paper, got returned and certain sections needed to be redone, one to be exact. I corrected and turned in again, meanwhile another teacher mistakenly graded it too, she picked completely different sections said they were wrong and the one that the original teacher said was, she said it was perfect?! Stay away!!!!
I nicknamed this school Western Google University. I felt like I went through my program in some sort of vacuum. Each class assigns tasks that must be completed before you can move onto your next class. My first session I sailed through each task with a simple "Pass" Never any comments, good or bad. Towards the middle of my 2nd semester I began getting wrenches thrown in my way. I would not get a Pass on my assignments but I would also be left guessing what deficient in men assignments. No comments or brief one word comments. I was told at that time by my advisor that I was moving too fast through the program and they would be losing money on me if I finished in 1 year and that the goal is to complete the program in 2 years. At the end of my first year I was completely finished with my course work and my masters thesis (Capstone) but the process of grading ground to a halt making me have to re take my last class the next semester. At that time I was assigned a" new" grader who wanted me to take my Capstone a completely different directions. It was so frustrating. I got through that nightmare only to have the same thing happen at the end of that session. I just stopped hearing from anyone from the university when it seemed I was going to finish my capstone in three sessions. ( I was actually told that my capstone advisor had left the country and would therefor not be able to validate my Capstone and listen to my defense. ) I basically had to get very assertive and call every day to get myself a new advisor to approve my completed project, but I still was not given a day to defend my master, which is basically a powerpoint of your research. I called that morning to state I had absolutely no intention of paying for another semester and low and behold at about 4 pm I received an email stating to be ready with my Power point at 5 pm ( they game my one hour to get home form work and get organized .) Miraculously, I made it and gave my beautiful power point online to a silent, invisible committee who had absolutely nothing good or bad to say about by Capstone that I had worked so very hard on. In addition you really have to be a self learner to get through this program. Most of the source material supplied really did not help me and I found the chat rooms to have very old entries. The instructors are non - existent.
I chose to study Curriculum and Instruction for my graduate program in this university. This is my second graduate degree with the first from a conventional university. My experience with this school has been very positive. I was lucky to have very supportive mentors throughout my program. The professors are all with doctoral degrees and the degree of support and inspiration they provided throughout the program was a welcome change from my conventional college learning experience. They always made sure that we maintained the standard set by the school..
I did a great deal of research before picking which Online University I would attend. The major components that drove me to WGU were the flexibility in scheduling, the accreditation, and the success rate. I knew that I would be relocating in the time I would be pursuing my Bachelor's Degree and needed the flexibilty to do so without missing deadlines or exams. I ended up moving 4 times while attending WGU and was still able to graduate on-time! Getting a degree from a university that lacks accreditation, like a lot of online schools, is like spending a few years to print out a fake degree that looks nice on your wall. These universities are why online education has a struggling image and why you will want to make an effort to point out that WGU is fully accredited when applying to new jobs. A lot of people assume that you were very easily able to cheat your way through your online education which is not the case at WGU. An Online Degree should require the same amount, if not more, effort than a traditional Brick-and-Mortar Degrees and WGU delivers that challenge while still offering the flexibility desired from Online Education. High drop-out rates and failure rates contribute to other Online Universities not receiving accreditation. A University needs to show a high success rate in order for state and federal institutions to back them and give them accreditation. Many employers will not even look at a resume with a school lacking FULL (being both state and federal) accreditation. In summary, WGU gives you an actual degree and education that you can use in the real world. This school is not for someone looking for an easily obtained degree, but for someone who is willing to put the time and effort into earning a degree. While there is still some skepticism to over come with an online education, WGU proves to stand above others and is easily seen by employers that are able to recognize real online educations v.s. sub-par online educations. I am proud to say that I attended WGU, and would recommend it to anyone seeking an online education. I shouldn't forget to mention the tremendous value WGU offers. I graduated with a fraction of the debt that my friends faced.
One of the best changes I ever made! I work in IT, had my Associates and a few IT Certifications. Was time to get a Bachelors, choose a very good brick and mortar school in my area. I work full time, and was discouraged as the only classes I had left remaining were just about all electives as my Associates covered my major. I was taking classes I didn't want, taking forever (so it seemed) and I felt like I was just paying to get a piece of paper and say I have a Bachelors. In comes WGU...after a colleague at work seemed very excited about this school he was going to. Fast forward.....I LOVE IT! One year in and I have done at WGU what would have taken me two at my previous school. I am taking classes in my major, learning new and updated information (AND CURRENT) in my area of work and study, LOVE being able to work at my own pace, quicker on topics I am familiar with, slower if a new area for me or really need a refresher. Having a mentor is one of the keys to this program...WGU make sure you remember how important your mentors are :). I hope they are recognized for their talent. As others have said, you must able to adjust to this, be self disciplined and work hard. This is not just a quick way to get a degree...be prepared to LEARN! I know, may sound strange, but there are plenty of schools out there that are just about the piece of paper, and some employers seem to push this. That is where the accreditation comes into play. Do some comparing. When reading about the history of WGU, they got it right. They are looking into the future....not a brick and mortar school trying to fit a square peg into a round hole....I.E.: Trying to make a traditional in-person class into an online class by mirroring it to the last detail. This was my experience prior to WGU and it doesn't work. Another friend's experience in taking online classes at a traditional brick\mortar was writing a paper for every class. EVEN MATH! Along with mandatory online check in AND forums postings 7 days a week. She was spending more time proving she was online and writing than she would have if she went to the class in person. In addition, WGU and the mentors offer so many opportunities for support and help to get you there. They ask for a commitment of 20 hours of study, and that commitment is key. Make a plan, keep to it and you will succeed.
Great college for the working adult. This is my 3rd degree that I have received. My first two were in a brick and Mortar school and this one was partly online at WGU. I can tell you hands down this was the best education I have ever received. I scheduled my Nclex right after I graduated and passed it the first time. I had to take eight competency test for my current job. I passed each test the first time with an average score of 94 percent on my first attempt. I walked into a high paying job with only room to grow. During school I was assigned a RN preceptor that was trained from WGU through out all of my clinic rotations. I never had to share my preceptor with another student. That WGU moto 1 on 1 training. I loved it because I learned so much during my clinical rotation. You may find this interesting. Out of 500 schools looked at WGU for nursing ranked 19th according to NursingJournal. org. http://nursejournal.org/articles/americas-best-nursing-schools/ You can't go wrong with WGU. It's a tough program but well worth it.
Just putting on my resume that I am attending a MSN program in nursing. I have found the work challenging, rewarding, and completely doable. In some ways I have been learning more than I was able to attending a brick and mortar school. I was able to listen to all of the different heart murmurs online. I remember when I originally went to nursing school we had to line up at the bedside to get a few seconds of listening to one type of murmur. There is so.....much more that we are able to do via the internet. you actually get more one on one attention, and you can focus on the areas that you are having more trouble understanding. BTW their IT department is efficient and on spot helpful.
This form of education is not for everyone. If you need to sit in front of an instructor giving lectures, and interact with them to learn- this may not be a good choice for you. But if you can learn independently out of a book, recorded lectures and media, and interactive courses and lectures online- this is a great way to finish your degree! It was challenging at first, but within a few weeks I had understood the learning process needed for the program to work out for me.
I would recommend to any one thinking in enrolling in the teachers program at Western Governors University to really find out how it works. The mentors are not helpful at all. Another advice is do not tie any performance to the PRAXIS exams. Because if you do not pass the PRAXIS on time you will be held back on your program. I came into the program with two years of college thinking that I woudl be done in two years; think again. I have been in the program 5 years and $20,000 in debt. Do your work and evalute the pros and cons of the on-line programs at Western Governors vs. the traditional face to face that you get in the regular classroom.