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Like everyone else, I did tons of research before deciding on WGU for my BSN in Nursing. My HR department at the hospital where I work also researched it before allowing me to use their employee tuition assistance program. My mentor was wonderful and if it wasn't for her, I don't know if I would have finished, You definitely need to be self motivated to work, be a wife and mother and still stay on top of your studies. But I am happy to say that as of yesterday, I am finished! I was so happy with this school that I am considering continuing with them for my Masters. I attended community college for my Associates degree and did several classes with other well known brick and mortar schools, these classes were every bit as challenging and I loved the acceleration option. College is all about self-learning, and WGU provided an excellent experience for me.
I did not finish at this school due to their lack of student support or help. Their entire school is just plain useless. The units from this school do not transfer to most school in the USA. The concelors are more concerned with their "numbers" then actually helping you with your work. When I got pregnant and needed a little more help I was met with extreme problems; like it was a problem for them that I had gotten pregnant.
My experience has been positive, though I agree with other reviewers that WGU is not for everyone. College isn't for everyone, either, but if you are considering an online program it is probably important to note some of the differences between virtual and brick-and-mortar venues. Each has its pros and cons, many of which have been tallied in other posts so I won't repeat them. I would, however, like to add value to this thread by commenting on the nature of WGU's programs as being "competency-based." This is an important element and it took two master's degrees for me to really appreciate it. In 2013, I began and completed an MSN. I did this in one semester by reading, writing, taking tests, and studying 8 to 12 hours most days. I don't recommend this, as it's fairly obsessive, exhausting, and has side effects like ending personal relationships. My point being that it can be done, but it takes a lot of focus, self-motivation, and established competencies in the field of study. After completing my MSN, I began an MBA program. I no longer had 8 or more hours a day to devote to school, but I still put in the recommended 15 to 20 hours a week. It has taken me the full two years to complete the MBA on this schedule, but my background and competencies were in patient care and not business... so this makes sense. Having completed an associates, two bachelors, and a clinical doctorate at brick-and-mortar schools, and now two masters degrees online, I will say that I consider the online venue slightly superior. The education seems equivalent and I don't have to travel or circle for parking. You do indeed get out of it what you put in, but ask yourself what you want out of a degree. If you intend to network, then brick-and-mortar may be better with Ivy league being ideal. If you just want knowledge, then the Internet is likely all you need. I will also say that WGU, while excellent, has all the bureaucracy of any other university. That being said, I would absolutely recommend it if you have the time, motivation, and skill set to succeed.
WGU provides quality mentoring, a variety of tools to match your learning style and quality education. I would highly recommend it to friends, family and colleagues. I feel that it is money well-spent and will continue on my learning quest in this format.
WGU helped me get my Bsc. in IT without going to a brick and mortar college. At that time I had 3 children, working full time and my wife was also working full time and I could not attend a brick and mortar college. The degree helped me to get a better paying job before I graduated and after graduation it also helped me get a promotion. Just like any other college you will find one or two things you might not like but in general I liked the school and they are constantly improving the way they do business.
This particular degree is a new one offered from WGU, I believe I may be one of the first to obtain it. I have to say my entire experience with WGU has been stellar. You get out of the classes what you put into them; because it's online, it's self-paced. Don't do the work, you won't get the education it's that simple. My Student Mentor, an assigned person that stays with you throughout the whole degree was wonderful. She was knowledgeable and if she didn't have the answer she found out and let me know in a day or two. When I was in a hurry, she was in a hurry too. My classes were very relevant, timely and I did struggle through a few of them. The course mentor's were more than happy to help me when I was having difficulty. The statistics class was terribly hard for me, but the instructors took lots of personal time on the phone to help me understand the concepts. My entire experience was positive. The one and only thing that was not perfect was the cost of the tassel! They contract those kinds of things out and the company charged twice as much for shipping as the cost of the tassel! The program was scheduled to be for 24 months, but I did it in 11 months to the day, so you can go as fast as you want. My total for my Master's was $7000.00. I did not have to buy a single book, everything, including the camera for taking tests was provided. All in all, a very good experience.
Personally I think WGU is a waste of time and money. It's a gimmick to entice people who can't qualify for a real public college nor afford a for profit school with the idea that they will 'Graduate' sooner and will quickly start making more money. It's a complete joke. I 'graduate' in 2013 with a BS and I mean B.S degree and it has done absolutely nothing for me. Instead I took WGU off my resume and i believe that that's helped me with job inquiries. This competency nonsense is a total scheme. The clases are a joke. They're not even clases, more like correspondance courses were you read a chapter, scribble some nonsence to take up space and meet taskstreams minimum requirements and that's it. It's onto the next course. Also they send you to a testing center to get certifications were all you have to do is memorize the questions and answers online , then wallah take the test. I think all the hype around WGU is that people nor the media that supports this crap will admit that the only reason why WGU has become so popular is because it's accredited and people will eventually receive their fake, worthless shelf filler diploma in the mail which will actually not end up meaning anyting not event the paper it's printed on and they can check the 'College Degree' check box when they fill out job applications.. I regret spending `10k on this so called university. Should have went to Devry or even UOP is more reputable. Also check out Bellevue, since they actually have real classes. Also let me add that the course mentors are completely worthless. All they do is send you links to look up crap on google. Heck I can do that myself.
Personally, I love WGU. I'm almost finished with my first term after transferring from a traditional university. My admissions adviser was there every step of the way to make sure I was completely ready once my term started, my student mentor meets with me every week to make sure I am reaching the goals we set, and my course mentors have always been very helpful and return calls/emails quickly. The classes aren't easy, but you can take a pretest at the beginning of your course so you know what areas you need to spend more time on and can accelerate through the parts you are more knowledgeable in. I am a military spouse so being able to student teach and work on my observations in any state that I am, even if we have to move, is perfect for me. I love the flexibility this school has. If you have extra time one day you can work longer on school and if you need to skip a day you can without consequences. How fast/slow you graduate is completely up to you and how much time and effort you are willing to put in. If you aren't self disciplined it can be very easy to put it off and get behind. This school was ranked #1 for their secondary education program and the school I transferred from was ranked #14. I love everything about this school, I've learned so much and I've had a great experience with it so far. I definitely recommend it for everyone.
The WGU Information Security and Assurance program is excellent. When I started the program, I already had 15 years of experience and was gainfully employed in the IT industry. Even with all of my experience, I was very happy to learn many new things from WGU's program. The subject matter was directly relevant to my work. The industry certifications were rigorous and challenging. My colleagues at work were impressed with the subject matter. The information security and assurance program at WGU is the perfect blend of hands-on work and big-picture work.
I think WGU is an amazing school with great helpful staff and teachers. I was horrible in algebra until I spent months working with one teacher. She walked me through it never let me accept not having the right answers. WGU is a online school if you aren't self disciplined don't try it, its not easy, but its worth it. I am graduating at the end of the month and already have a job.