Western Governors University Reviews
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Awful program I fought with the school to prove myself. I studied 30 hrs every week and got no where in my effort to be a teacher. None of the credits transfer, none of the classes were traditional format. Students are expected to prove their knowledge by taking a timed test. IMPOSSIBLE NO PAPERS TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADE
The comprehensive learning is a joke. They set these high level of scores for each class making it difficult to learn and pass. No one graduates with higher then a 3.0 even if you earned a 4.0. If you want to go on and express to an employer that you had a great gpa that will never show. Except a 3.0
The work was challenging and the mentor helpful with encouragement and direction. The folks that give WGU bad reviews fail to point out that several industry certifications are either recognized for credit or required for graduation. I trust industry recognized achievement milestone over some disgruntled student that probably never graduated. The support resources amply if you took the time to locate them. My salary increased 11k within 3 months of graduation as my skills and experience had a degree to validate. This school may not be for everyone but is perfect for an adult that works full time and cannot spend years balancing a bricks and mortar schedule with frat parties.
This college allowed me to complete my degree in Business Management in less than two years. I had already completed three years in Civil Engineering but life got in the way and I could not finish the degree. 3 daughters later and I finally came back to my degree. This is not high school and if you went to college you know that professors don't do much mentoring. They give you material and explain very little. Your growth is on doing things yourself. If you are a self motivator and don't need someone holding you by the hand you will do well. Every class had a learning curve. You start out slow and then as you grasp the concept you fly through the course. You do have an assigned mentor and I barely ever used them. I am not a genius in any way, an average male. Put goals and try and keep them. Some people have finished way earlier. less than a year.
When reading the reviews of this school, the astute observer will note that students either love or hate their experience there. There is a minimal amount of ambivalence expressed and that is because for the pragmatist or the driven, the school is a Mecca. There is about as much opportunity for intellectual inquiry at WGU as can be found in your local Walmart. If you are willing to completely enmesh yourself in concrete, simplistic busy work and have a modicum amount of discipline, you can work your way through this morass in record time. Indeed, on a productive day even I was able to complete 8 credits worth of courses in an afternoon. Therein lies the conundrum. Do you want to learn or do you want to sport an additional few letters at the end of your name? If what you aspire to is simply an accredited degree, WGU may be just your type of place. Jump through a bunch of hoops, avoid any intellectual or meaningful interaction and you are there! Unfortunately, in today's increasingly narcissistic society, it is the appearance of learning that is valued, more than the experience. WGU excels in this type of environment. Classes are nothing more than what appears to be random tasks, evaluated by nameless robots, with whom you are precluded from interaction. Your assigned "mentors" can only counsel you, they have no actual ability to determine curricula nor can they modify grading. This dis-connect makes for a frustrating and de-humanizing experience that I would imagine, would be of minimal concern to the individual focused on that plaque on the wall. Don't misunderstand me: the assignments are not necessary easy. Often they are written in ambiguous, pretentious language that practically requires a translator to deconstruct. This is the hallmark of superficiality: if it looks complicated it must be intelligent. There is no creativity, no push for greater understanding or challenging the status quo. The instruction offered at WGU more closely resembles training than actual education. Bottom line: if you are smart but shallow, go for it.
I love my WGU, and I support the idea of online competency-based education. I have more than 20 years of exp, and I did not want to learn what is IP address, if you are like me then this school is for you. If you are motivated and have the computer with high-speed internet at home and ready to take challenges, go for WGU. I am graduating this year MS (CSIA) and I love it. I am going to finish my term in about 3 months.
I started my master degree on Nov. 2016. I was planning to graduate in Oct. 2018. Since it offered self paced schedule, I worked very hard along the way. I graduated on Oct. 2017. it is about one year early I saved a whole year tuition and time. My salary was increased one year early. I can't be happier than that. I appreciated all my mentors along the way, especially my student mentor, Ms. Lori. I appreciated the tirelessly weekly calls and all the encouragement from her. i learned how passionate and how seriously about her career as a student mentor. We are more than a mentor and student. We are friends, too. Some students said the weekly call is so annoying, however, it is the best way for me to complete every task on time. It is hard to study every night, however, when I looked back, all the efforts worth it.
This is the college for you if you want zero interaction with a competent teacher (or a teacher at all). If you enjoy being told to buy extra books by those mentors as they tell you that you won't pass unless you buy them, and spending days studying old and outdated information in a loaned information system that the mentors have not read and don't understand. If you like spending weeks updating and sending notices to the actual suppliers of the information you are renting about blatantly incorrect information, only to have no response and and then to take tests that are auto-graded but have zero ability to just if "This Word" and "this word" are the same because one has capitalization. This is the school for you if you enjoy wasting money and love having someone checking up on you (that has no ability to do anything and exists only to tell you to work harder) every week like you are a toddler. Let's not forget having a test giver from India who confuses a bookshelf in an office for a computer, telling you that you must unplug the bookshelf or she will not allow you to take a test. Or ones who don't know that Edge is the browser you are using to take the test, so prevent you from taking it because they don't know what browsers are when they scan your running Processes before a test. This is not a school. This is the most expensive library in the country with books that have information as old as 10 years, with information that is so outdated that it would be SHOCKING if it were on any actual certification test or had hardware ever seen in a corporate environment. The mentors are jokes, and the course I went through often had students trying to help each other through chat as our mentor was not able to understand the material we were taking. It was filled with large amounts of complaints from "This information is wrong" to "The website that hosts the material is down." with the mentors unable to do even the most basic of things to help. Do not go here unless you really are just a sucker, or really need a piece of paper and have no care or need to actually "learn" things. The last straw for me was when the course was set the entire time to require a calculator - specifically the Windows calculator - and when i tried to use it during the exam I was told that I can only use the white board they provide. When I messaged the "mentor" about this, they advised I set an appointment so I can ask questions that I appeared to have confusion about in the material. Aka: They had not even read my complaint, and were not capable of realizing that my understanding of the information was not at fault but their blocking of being able to use the tools their OWN material spent an entire course working with. This place is a joke and a waste of money to the extreme.
As others have said, WGU is a school for motivated, driven, and disciplined students. The courses can be intense, but the non synchronous structure is great for working professionals. My program mentor was extremely helpful in keeping me on track to meet my goals and to finish in less than a year. Course instructors were responsive and the webinars were useful. The entire experience was great and although it isn't for everyone, it fit my needs perfectly. The admissions counselor I worked with was a great resource in the beginning and reviewed everything thoroughly, they want you to know what you're getting into and what to expect. Like amy school, you get what you put into it. I have and will continue to recommend WGU to anyone who is willing to work hard and earn a degree.
WGU allowed me to complete my Bachelors degree on my terms (for the most part). I was able to transfer in previous college credit and was rewarded for employment experience (industry certifications). The cost to attend also did NOT break our budget! Some of the reviews i've read talk about the irritating weekly calls, yes, they are annoying, but 1 hour per week (and their schedule is extremely flexible) should be no reason to give WGU a bad review. If i were starting all over (and i will be as i will be signing up for my Masters degree this spring) i'd definitely attend WGU. I've already turned my brother on to WGU as well as 2 co-workers! Thanks WGU!