Western Governors University Reviews
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After reading the mostly negative comments about the school, let me give you my perspective. I have attended WGU for over a year in the IT program.
This school will only work for you if you are a self-starter and independent learner. No one will be there to hold your hand. Sure, you have a mentor (academic advisor) and course mentors (subject experts for the course).
However, it's up to you. Right now I am learning networking to obtain my Cisco CCNA certification. This is a challenging subject to learn and it takes a lot of work.
With WGU's IT programs, if you don't have experience in this field or current certifications, it will not be easy. Also, they are continually raising the bar for their IT degrees.
People talk about resubmitting the same material to be graded and it is accepted the second time. Who are you cheating when you do this?
I had a math classes where I had to do assignments over. Instead of me doing the same thing and resubmitting it, I reached out to a math mentor for help and learned what I needed to know.
If you are lazy, etc, don't apply to WGU.
Everything about WGU and their method of learning is freely available on their website.
So before you start pointing fingers, do your due diligence. For example, check with your state to see if a teaching degree from WGU will allow you to get your state license.
Therefore, if a person fully investigated this school, this will decrease the chances of dissatisfaction.
I like WGU and am glad that I chose it. It is not easy doing the work and learning on my own but I know what I need to do and was aware of the process when I started.
I am not self-motivating. But I am an ICU nurse and work well under pressure. When I started WGU I had a meltdown over all the computer programs, I needed to be comfortable with. I probably had quite a few moments...
WGU was so supportive! Anytime I was confused, a mentor or student support or someone was always there. I have always felt so comfortable with anyone I have spoken with. I think the program is outstanding and have never heard or read any negative comments.
This school is great for someone that works well on their own. I transferred in with 60 credits and was able to complete 60 credits in 6 months in the Bachelors of Science in Business-Human Resources. That comes to about $50 a credit hour which you can't find anywhere else. I loved it so much I'm going back for my MBA.
Just wanted to add to a previous review I had done. After 18 months I was able to complete the k-8 teacher preparation program which is 6 months shorter than the predicted time it takes.
I feel that it has been a great experience and that I received a quality education. As I said before the effort you put into it is what you get out of it, in terms of the quality. It is not a perfect set up but I felt that they were continually looking to improve and any time I needed help, someone responded and did all they could to help.
As a 44 year old mother of 3 children and living in a rural area, going to an online school was really my only option and I am so glad that WGU was available. The cost is so much more reasonable than many of the online options.
I have nothing but good things to say about WGU. I am a 41 year old RN. I am also a dad of 6 and husband. I don't have time to drive to a brick and mortar school, park, walk to class, then reverse that after a few hours. I simply sit down at any computer and do my work. When finished, I e-mail my papers.
Now, I did have to drive to Purdue University to take proctored exams, but not now since WGU implimented the webcam service. Purdue is a large, mainstream university and they proctored the exams just as if I were a Purdue student. WGU is fully accredited and acknowleged.
My first degree from WGU was my BSN and now I am working towards my MSN in administration. I am not worried about transfering credits. My employer recognizes my degree and I am satisfied. Thanks WGU!
After reading this review page I felt compelled to write about my own experience at WGU. I am not a recruiter nor am I a WGU employee. I am a 48 year old who suddenly found himself out of work and in competition with people who had degrees. I researched online and brickand mortor schools to see which would work out for me. I finally settled on WGU. I am extremely pleased with the results.
I started with no previous college credits, so I started from scatch. I also needed to find a school that would allow me to accelerate. Since I am not working, I have studied and worked 8 to 10 hours a day. In seven months I have completed 116 units. Some of the courses I was able to breeze thru, others I have had to work hard at.
Being a self starter and self motivated, I have reached out to the course mentors only occassionally. My mentor, who is basically a counselor, has been there for me each week. If you are looking for an easy time, this isnt it. You have to put the time in. I imagine that some colleges have a hard time with transferring the competency units, but I do not intend to transfer. I have found that I study a lot of material that does not make it into my assesments, or tests.
I have also not discovered anybody that was not willing to help. Sometimes they are slow, but my wife, who got her degree from a brick-and mortor school 10 years ago is amazed at how helpful and responsive the entire system has been. Where else can somebody get a 4 year degree from an accredited school for under $5000, which is what I am on track to accomplish.
Even if I took the traditional time, at less than $3000 a term (semester) it is still a bargain. As I stated earlier, other than being a student I am not affiliated with WGU. And I highly reccommend this school for those that want to get it done, are disciplined and who are motivated. If you need somebody to stand over your shoulder or hold your hand, then this is not the place to be.
Be careful here. At WGU you get a pass or not passed grade not the traditional A,B,Cs. This presents a problem when transferring to non-online university. I am speaking from experience.
I began my degree at a different University. I found the classes boring and the school was very expensive. I have learned more in my three months enrolled than I did at my previous university. My mentor is great. Any information I need she tells me or researches it and gets back to me quickly. I like the fact you can accelerate your program. I am already ahead and will finish early. Great school!!!
I graduated from nursing school in 1991 with an associated degree. I had thought about going back for my BSN on and off, but was terrified at the prospect of writing papers (I didn't write many papers for my ADN)I became a CEN(Certified Emergency Nurse) in December 09. That sort of put a fire under me.
I read about WGU and started my program for RN to BSN. The admission process was streamlined with no issues noted. They took all my credits from 19 years ago plus 50 credits for being an RN. I needed 22 credits for my BSN. I finished all 22 credits in just under 5 months !!. If you understand the work, there is no requirement to post to message boards etc. I completed the tasks, that was it.
I started my MSN with GWU 10/1 with an expected graduation date of 10/12. For the Master's degree, you must complete 8 credits in 6 months. I completed 8 credits in one month. I am trying to do all total credits I need for my MSN in this one 6 month term. My mentor's have been wonderful. There is also a new convenience for the objective exams. WGU sends you a web can so you can be proctored at home for your objective tests. I love this school.
I would recommend WGU as a good place for an online degree. It is a little different from your usual college experience. I think you get out of it what you put in and you do have to be self-motivated and organized about making sure you are clear on requirements. When you need help there are people who will respond quickly with assistance.
I am about 6 months from finishing k-8 teaching credential program and did not have any problem getting place for my demonstration teaching. I will have to see how it goes when I apply for jobs.