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I am extremely happy with my choice of enrolling in Western Governors University. I started my program at WGU on February 1st 2012. I have attended other colleges both online and brick-and-mortar alike so I will attempt to provide fair comparisons to each.
Tuition: This is what initially drew me to WGU. At $3,000 per 6 month term, it is hard to beat. Add to that the fact that you can take as many classes as you want during that 6 month period. This helps to accelerate your program and keep your tuition costs down.
Thanks to this setup, I am accelerating at a very rapid pace. This is not because the classes are not challenging. This is because I study more than 30 hours a week to make sure I pass the assessments and complete the assignments in record time. I am motivated to study as often as I can because I know that I can get on from one course to the next without having to wait 16 weeks to progress.
Support: There is always someone to help you find the resources you need. My student mentor is phenomenal when it comes to getting IT issues squared away, getting in contact with course mentors and the like. My mentor is also one of my biggest cheerleaders. Each course has a mentor as well. These mentors provide support if your study materials leave you with more questions.
Credibility: The course modules apply to academic theories as well as real-world business issues. The assessments are designed to test students for both theory-based and reality-based knowledge. The exams are proctored live online to ensure academic integrity without forcing students to drive all over the place to be tested. The textbooks and evaluation methods are the same ones used at brick-and-mortar universities all over the country. My mother attends a state university in Maryland, one sister graduated from a state university in NJ and the other graduated from a state university in Florida. We all have to write papers using APA formatting. We all use text books published by Prentice Hall, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Harper-Collins and Harcourt Brace. We all submit writing assignments through TurnItIn to make sure we do not unintentionally plagiarize. We all have papers to write, tests to take, classmates to interact with, projects to develop.
Accreditation: WGU is regionally accredited. This is important because I intend to go on to graduate school. Graduate schools and employers look for candidates with degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
I am looking forward to graduation, but I am also enjoying every minute of learning while attending WGU.
I have only been at WGU for a month and have experienced multiple system outages. The website is down as we speak so I am wasting a day of work making no progress towards my degree. WGU uses Adobe connect to record lessons, but they let their subscription expire so that doesn't work even when the site is up. DO NOT enroll. You will be frustrated beyond belief.
I am an older student. I found WGU courses to be difficult, but well worth the time and effort. Because I work full-time, I had to schedule my school time carefully and remain organized. The main benefit - I really learned new information. The courses challenged me and my views on teaching. The price is amazing. I did not interact much with other students, but that was my choice. There was plenty of opportunity to do so. The overall experience has been great.
I have be attending WGU for 2 years and I absolutely love it. I have completed my BSN and now finishing the MSN program. It is non profit, reasonably priced and they are VERY student oriented. They go above and beyond to help their students- from the student mentor, course mentor, financial aid, tech support, the 24/7 librarian, free gifts in the mail for referring, protocor people and of course taskstream people.
Also the WGU communities are AWESOME, so much help from your peers and the teachers. I cannot say enough great things about the school and I'm proud to be a WGU Alumni and soon finish my Masters. The only thing is, if you are not a self driven person or you are one of those people that need to have short simple deadlines, this is not for you. I'm a self learner and self motivated that’s why this works so well for me. When you first start the program it is a little difficult to navigate, but once you understand all the programs terminology and when to go where, it is much smoother. Took me about a month or so to really figure it all out.
Also, WGUs graduation cermeony is unbeliveably nice, they really go big :) Another thing, most of the books are online for free through the elibrary, which saves you huge! If you are a go getter and don't need four walls and a desk to learn, this is the online school to attend. And yes they are FULLY accredited.
I started the MBA program and the first classes were easy, I thought it will be a piece of cake. As I continued, I have to admit it is challenging, and I learned a lot. My husband who has a MBA degree from one of the best schools in the country had to help me couple of times, and after he read the course material,(he also did not believe in online college education), he admitted that the learning material is rigorous and challenging and he changed his opinion about WGU. If you are looking for an easy degree, this won't be one for sure. I can really only recommend the school.
Overall a quality education. I like the flexiblity of going as fast or slow in a class as I want. I also like the real world aspect of the school.
Most of the material was great, however some of it was rather bogus. Bottom line, a good school for a great price that allows a student to learn at their own pace.
I am currently doing the MBA from Afghanistan. The key to WGU is to you have to answer the tasks how the instructor wants you to answer or they will kick it back over and over again. It's pretty much a joke. I wouldn't recommend anyone going to this school since it appears some instructors just want to prolong your educationl. Probably to secure their own jobs.
As a returning student with 20+ years work experience (10 in management) I was seeking a quality education that a)was accredited; b)could be completed while working and c)was affordable. WGU has exceeded my expectations in all of these and more.
I'm graduating soon and I'm happy to say this has been an amazing experience from start to finish. I don't believe WGU is for everyone but if you're prepared to work, are self-motivated, and are seeking a quality degree, WGU is definitely worth exploring. All schools have positives and negatives so do your homework and make sure WGU is a fit for your personal situation. If you're not prepared to put in the work, aren't a self-starter, or prefer classroom based learning, don't choose WGU. You will fail.
I personally cannot recommend it enough however. I tell everyone I know about the school and know several other working adults that are currently enrolled as well. Good luck in your search for online schools (if that's what you're looking for). I'd definitely recommend that WGU receive consideration when evaluating programs/schools.
Nurses work 12 hour shifts but don't have regular (set) days off, so doing an online program made the most sense. I researched schools, and chose this based on accreditation and tuition. I don't regret it a bit! Overall, it is a good program.
The only thing that I thought was lacking when I first began, was support in writing papers. Nursing school was all math and science, so I didn't have a lot of experience. But, they started a "center for writing excellence" a little while back, so really, I can't say that this school lacks anything, now. I highly recommend it. The price was incredible!!
I did a very thorough investigation of the online college landscape before selecting WGU. I wanted a good price, regional accreditation and the freedom to progress at my own pace. I did not want to have to correspond daily with other class mates. I earned 114 credits and my BA in IT management in 6 months. The experience was so good that I went on and gained my MBA in IT management, also in 6 months.
I worked very hard, but my full-time job did not suffer. It cost me about $6400 for a BA and MBA combined. This saved me years and tens of thousands of dollars. I do not consider myself great at math or writing, but the presentation of the material was such that I did not need to seek the help of course mentors and I could figure out what I needed on my own.
I would highly recommend the school and if your experience is even half as good as mine you will save a lot of time and money.