Western Governors University Reviews
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I found Western Governors University to be an excellent experience. I just earned my BS in Finance last month and learned more than I ever thought possible. I have attended other traditional schools and found the teachers at Western Governors to be in almost every case more easily accessible and knowledgeable as at the other Universities I attended.
Furthermore, TASKSTREAM which is used by Western Governor as the sight which you submit all assignments and then who grades them is not unique to Western Governors. TASKSTREAM is also used by schools such as the University of Vermont, University of Illinois and GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY. Anyone who knows anything knows that George Mason offers an excellent education!
It should also be noted that schools such as George Washington University now offer completely online degrees that are highly respected. Because of Western Governors affiliation with the Western Governors association along with outstanding education, I see a bright and respected future for this University. I should also mention that I have had absolutely NO problem getting into an excellent ABA Law School with my WGU degree.
For those of you complaining, I hope you will at least do a little more research on what you’re complaining about before posting “ambiguous reviews” on this website. Overall, Western Governors is a great school and anyone who can use a computer and has some motivation will complete their program with an average amount of difficulty which should be expected when earning your degree. I was able to complete mine in 10 months and 7 days without transferring any previous credits at about 20 hours per week.
Now, if you are looking for a free handout as it sounds that some of you are, this is not the school for you. I suggest you instead sign up for one of those un-accredited universities that will print you a fake degree for a fee, otherwise, pull up your pants, use your brain and act like a grown up before attempting a college that was designed for real grown-ups.
Without divulging in details, I was able to complete a BS in Finance at WGU in 2009 and in an exceptional time. It was not based on the ease of the work; one needs to be self-motivated and able to understand the not-confusing process of Taskstream etc... I found my mentor to be very helpful, I did not find there to be a push recruiting style and I did not happen to need the financial aid so did not deal with this end of the program. I did find that WGU is what they advertise it to be, self-paced, quality and challenging. For those nay-sayers that cannot grasp the clear instructions of the tasks required or who struggle without direct supervision, don't apply. For those independent of mind and driven either by time, economics or whatever, this university is THE PLACE to get your degree. I am currently considering the MBA program through WGU and will certainly attend within the next six months when my personal economy allows it.
I enrolled in WGU one year ago. I am VERY PLEASED with the school. I transferred from a major University because they did not offer enough online classes. Nor did my former school offer online classes in my major.
I have found WGU to be a wonderful and challenging school for those who ENJOY learning ONLINE and do not need the classroom environment to succeed. However, for those of you who need a little more time and attention you can easily find that in the WGU student learning communities.
The community mentors are experienced educators who will work with you to ensure your success. There are also wonderful individual mentors and a student support hotline.
If you are serious about learning, WGU is the way to go.
I do agree that some of the taskstream assignemnts and the objective exams are poorly written. HOWEVER, this problem lies with TASKSTREAM and PROMETRICS who are PRIVATE COMPANIES that WGU contracts to provide provide Comprehensive assessments to their students. The same companies provide services to OTHER ONLINE and Traditional Schools. The assessments are not always as clear as the training material. Therefore, you may spend quite a bit of time trying to interpret the question being asked.
The school utilizes Thinkwell and other wonderful training resources. I would suggest they contract these companies or a better assessment developer to provide test. My only other recommendation would be offering more grants and scholarships to existing undergrad students! However, financial Aid is available for those who qualify!
Overall, my experience thus far has been GREAT! I would suggest that you give WGU a try. You will be glad that you did!
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I am enrolled in WGU's Masters program and this is my 6th term. I have to admit that I could have been done by now what it not for MY slacking off. WGU is legit and a wonderful opportunity for those that just cant afford traditional schools or who have other obligations.
Firts off if you need your hand held then WGU or any other online school IS NOT FOR YOU. WGU allows you to use your experience and move as fast as you are able to.
For those who state that the exams are bogus and you dont have to buy books then they are fooling themselves!!! The exams are detailed and very comprehensive -. I have earned an AAS and BS from major NYS schools and the work at WGU is just as hard and at times just as BORING. Yes many courses seem to be busy work, but that can be said of any school. Bottom line, you get what you put in. Take your work seriously and you will learn. As for getting a job, yes many employers still look down at online schools but thats just life. Many want TOP NOTCH schools like Columbia, NYU, etc so again, what can you do. I think the people that post these neg, hard reviews are just bitter and looking for an easy way out of earning their degree!
You get what you pay for. WGU offers cheap tuition and the price is that the curriculum is often disorganized. Courses are oftem mislabeled. The Fundamentals of Advanced Nurse Practice has nothing to do this Advanced Nursing Practice.
The competencies must be taked in the order that WGU wants to delivery them. The price of cheap tuition is one size fits all.The mentors often have great credentials but work from home and often present as overwhelmed and distracted.
Though eager to hand out negative feedback (that often lacks objectivity) the faculty struggles to handle any negative feedback from students regarding the educational experience. The faculty appear somewhat overly sensitive and inflexible. ON the upside it is cheap. If you can avoid the tedious hours trapped in circular chat rooms, you can learn alot about a dark underside of the nursing
I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education via WGU. They are the *ONLY* online university accredited by NCATE, and they also hold FOUR other accreditations. This learning model is not for everyone, but it is certainly a great value and would not be accredited by multiple agencies if it wasn't a great academic opportunity.
Those of you who say that you use the internet and paraphrase essays until you get a different grader are just showing your ignorance as a person. If you are attending classes with the intentions of scraping by to pass, then you are going to cut corners at any institution. If you follow the courses of study, you will learn above and beyond what you would at a "traditional" university.
I have completed just over 3 terms at WGU with no prior college experience. I am now starting to take my major courses and all the things I liked about the school have now turned into true impediments to actually learning anything. One of the prior reviews said that if you failed a task in Taskstream all you have to do is resubmit the EXACT same work and it will pass...they were CORRECT! This is how I finished all of the general education stuff, but now that I am starting work on my major courses that I will need real retention in, I have decided to transfer to another school. Well, guess what, NO other school I have talked to will take ANY of the credits I earned at WGU. This fact alone should make anyone extremely wary of this school.
I found this program lacking on several levels: conflicting information offered by several mentors, unclear rubrics, grading by unknown parties who you cannot contact for redirection, graders whose comments are misspelled and demonstrate poor grammar, lack of any instructor responsible for the courses. Basically, I found the system to lack accountability or transparency, values that this country is currently calling for. Too bad WGU did not listen.
This month I completed all the requirements for a B.S in Marketing Management. WGU offers an attractive alternative for working adults who choose to attend an online school versus a traditional campus setting.
The programs require that the students demonstrate competency in their subject area. There are a number of different methods to attain the knowledge for each subject area including text books and online "classes". This method allows the student several means to acquire the requisite knowledge.
To be successful the student must be a self-starter and motivated to be a self-learner.
I have been working in Marketing for 25 years, and I found the subject matter to be relevant and comprehensive. In fact, after attending traditional on-campus schools part time studying engineering for over seven years, I found the coursework to be just as challenging as in a traditional setting.
You get out what you put in, and I believe that WGU offers a credible education at a very reasonable price, especially since it is self-paced. I completed 106 competency units (credits) in two years to earn my degree, which was possible due to my real world marketing experience, which I was able to draw upon in completing each course.
I would highly recommend WGU for anyone willing to put in the work and understand the non-traditional learning environment.
I have been with WGU since 2006, my experience has been horrible.
After registering for a class, the student is given access to Taskstream; this is where all of the assignments are located. The wording in the assignments are confusing and ambiguous. The study guides are poorly made and do not offer any clarity. Once the assignment is completed, the student submits it through Taskstream to "mysterious" graders with unknown qualifications. Once the paper is graded, the student receives vague feedback.
The university lacks cohesion, clear expectations, clarity in assignments, and a sense of community. The students feel isolated, and struggle to fulfill their academic obligations. Accessing the student threads within the WGU portal, one will see a plethora of student complaints, struggles, and frustration.