Western Governors University Reviews
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This school is a gift to the motivated, goal-oriented folks of the world. If you really love to learn and you're okay not sitting in a classroom, you can't beat the flexibility, the price, and the quality of material. I can't believe the people that say they didn't learn anything - that's insane. The point of competency based education is that you move fast (or skip) things you already know and slow down and learn the things you need to. Employers like hearing about this in an interview, and when you talk about your discipline, goal-setting, and time management of attending school while working you will demolish your competitors and get the job.
100% YES! I work full time and getting my MBA helped my career, I received an immediate raise and make over $35 an hour. I did it without debt and could push forward and accelerate courses.
WGU is designed to fit around real-world competencies. You have to find the answer yourself and there isn't a lot of hand-holding, which is just like what the workplace is like. That said, the Course Mentors and resources are incredible and I'm very pleased with the quality of instruction. Give this amazing place a chance and you'll know you aren't "just a number", but that they want you to succeed.
I started my college career at a traditional 4 year university. My experience there was the typical college experience and I'm glad I have those memories. However, I married a military man and had to move before I graduated. That's what led me to WGU. I completed my undergraduate in elementary education and had a wonderful semester of student teaching. I am now a teacher in a large and competitive school district. Additionally, I am two classes away from receiving my master degree in education from, none other than, Western Governors University. I have had phenomenal support from the mentors and all the staff I have had interactions with (financial aid, course mentors, etc.). I am so happy that I found this school! Future students; WGU is writing intensive, yes, that means you write a lot of papers and do a lot of research. Plus, you have to be able to discipline yourself. There is no teacher begging for homework. However, you will have a great, friendly, and supportive mentor that will become like family. We love and hate our family right? Just kidding...the mentors motivate you and hold you accountable. I couldn't have graduated without mine! Bottom-line: Great school! Great staff! I regret nothing!
As long as you are determined and can work independently, you will be able succeed at WGU. I have been out of school for nearly 30 years and was able to dig in and complete classes at my own pace. Many many papers to write, follow the rubrics, write papers addressing rubrics and you will succeed.
Just finished my business degree (BS) with a emphasis in sales and sales management. I consider myself an expert in sales and learned quite a bit from the two sales certificates you earn as part of the degree. I don't understand how someone can say they learned nothing at WGU. ? How is that possible having to write 30 papers and take a dozen tough tests? I personally do learn more in a classroom setting but who has the time. With the great price, accelerated program and the fact they are fully accredited made them the choice for me. Why waste time or money?
I just got word today that I landed a job with the 2nd school I interviewed with! I worked hard at WGU and had to put in a good deal of time finding my own resources to completing the assignments, but this helped me figure out how I learn. Learning how you learn one of the most important things to being successful at WGU. WGU is NOT a typical college and if you are expecting all the information to be in a single book or in some lecture, you will have a tough go of it until you develop some resources. Once you get a good pool of sites and books that YOU can learn from, the rest is fairly easy. I was always able to get in contact with faculty that could answer content or administrative questions and the student teaching process was set up for me by WGU without any issues. Look, if you want an easy degree this is not the school for you. However, if you want the ability to tailor your learning experience and dislike due dates, WGU will work out well as long as you are willing to commit the time. One last thing, my degree was never questioned by any administrators in my school district and I heard back from every position I applied to.
I completed WGU's Teacher Preparation Program as the university was becoming a state university in Indiana, and then re-enrolled in the MS Curriculum & Instruction program in 2011. After having attended traditional universities, I found the freedom from rigid schedules to be incredibly refreshing. As states in other reviews, many courses are made up of a testing portion and a series of essays called "tasks". As with any coursework, you will get out what you put into the program. I found the structure and coursework to be as engaging and and informative as any previous instruction that I had received at two traditional universities beforehand. My key to success at WGU was that I was able to continue at my current job, have time for my family, and still work toward my degree. Another key benefit of WGU is the ability to work at your own pace. Some weeks you may have a lot of time to devote to studies, while others you may have no time at all. At WGU, you can still achieve your goal as long as you complete all of your coursework within the assigned six month term. If you finish early, it is easy to open a new class and work ahead! In order to keep students motivated, WGU utilizes course mentors and student mentors to maintain contact with students. Mentors create "communities", which are essentially chat rooms for students to communicate and help each other work through problems. Mentors will also provide insight as needed on the chatrooms, so help is never more than a few clicks away. Overall, if I had it all to do over again, I would have saved my money and attended WGU from the beginning. Cons: The only real problem that I ran into at WGU was that there isn't a lot of guidance at the end of the program. For example, my bachelor's coursework culminated in a student teaching capstone. Although I knew it was coming up, and I asked my mentor several times for information, it wasn't brought to my attention that I would need to complete all classes AND have all paperwork from an assigned school 8 months in advance until only 2 weeks before the deadline! WGU did work with me, and everything turned out fine. However, all could have been avoided with a little more transparency. I had a similar experience during my master's program when working on my master's thesis. I completed several classes ahead of time so that I could spend the final semester working on nothing but the thesis. I spoke with my mentor several times about my plan. He approved. When it came to my final semester, however, I received a letter stating that I would not receive full time status. It meant I would have to pay the tuition out of pocket. It wasn't a big deal because we had money set aside, but it could have been catastrophic if we didn't. Again, some forethought by any of the mentors could have prevented a stressful situation. Although I was upset at the time that these events occurred, I must say that I was contacted by the university on both occasions. An administrator took the time to make sure that he understood my situation, and I received a series of emails and phone calls explaining how the university was improving the student experience based on my communications. Try finding that type of student service at your traditional institution.
I will finish my degree in December(at my current rate) after two years work. Classes have been easy, hard and in between. Most courses are part of a domain. For example, each course is really 2 separate classes. One class requires a test to complete and the other requires a series of tasks to be completed to prove competency. I found the tasks much more difficult than studying for the tests and required me to go deeper in the material. After reviewing the courses and accreditation with my company, they agreed to pay 80 % of my tuition. That means I will only pay a total of 3000 dollars for my entire education. Even if I were paying for everything myself, it would still be a bargain. I have learned a lot. In addition to the course material, I love how most tasks require the use of Excel, Word or Power Point and other standard business applications. The negative reviews on this site baffle me.
This college is not for students who are not self motivated. At times it can be very frustrating especially with Taskstream, the 3rd party grading system. Sometimes, especially at the end of the month, papers can take days to be graded and I have heard horror stories from other students about not receiving a grade before the end of the term; causing an incomplete or did not pass on their transcripts. The other thing that really bothers me is the fact that proctored online exams are not yet able to be taken on the newer operating systems (Windows 8). I had to go to a friends house to take my last proctored online exam, as I live in a rural area and the nearest assessment testing site was several miles away. All in all, I feel as though I am receiving a good education and have learned a ton, but as I said this school is not for everyone. If you have good study and time management skills, this is a good school and the price is excellent.
I completed my BS and MS degrees at WGU while working full time. What I discovered was that students can do just enough to pass or actually do all the recommended work and learn much more. Currently, I am in the process of enrolling in a Doctoral Degree Program, D.B.A at a regionally accredited school and their business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP. I read a few of the reviews from other people and I would say that some people become adults and never take responsibility for their own failures. No school will make anyone successful who is not willing to work for it. In my own opinion WGU is a great school and I would recommend it. None of the schools that I inquired from about the D.B.A program had any concerns or questions about the school where I completed my graduate work as long as its regionally accredited.
Enrollment and Financial Aid was horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I've gotten past those two depts and and super happy with my decision to attend WGU. Get school with a tremendous amount of resources to help you succeed.