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WGU isn't a traditional school. It has a unique model that fits a variety of lifestyles, but requires a great deal of self-motivation to succeed.
At its core, its a series of study guides (courses), a series of learning resources (books, videos, online text, etc), a mentor (counselor), and course mentors (course counselors), who guide you through a self taught, standardized degree plan.
Barriers to your education the school handily removes are the logistics of delivering an education to you (no classes to attend), and the finances to fund your education (through grants and loans).
You supply the rest. You can capitalize on your own learning style, your drive to succeed, and your previous knowledge.
My average time to study is about 30 hrs per class. I take a pre-test to see where I am at, study those things I don't know, and sit for an exam, write a paper, or complete a project to show mastery of the coursework. If I fail (I havn't yet) I get to learn from my mistakes and try again.
Many barriers cropped up once I started. I found I was not studying enough, that I didn't have a good learning space to study in, and thus my performance was sub par. I didn't get anything done in two months, and wasn't any closer to a degree than when I had started.
I realized what I would have to change to succeed here, determined what to change, and I've enacted those changes. I have a set study schedule, and I have been able to earn 30 credits in my first term, which isn't over yet. I should graduate with a Bachelors of Science in IT with a security in a bit less than two terms, if I can keep up the pace.
The downside is I only get a year of schooling this way. I feel a little like I'm getting ripped off for three years of living the life of a student. I'm considering completing two masters programs. The MBA and Masters in Information Assurance, to make up for it.
As for the structure of the school, they take my suggestions seriously. Every employee of the school is given raises and bonuses based on student enrollment, graduation rates, and student satisfaction surveys. They have financial incentives to help me succeed. My mentor is really good too.
I have found the grading to be hard and fair. The classes are pass/fail, the GPA is set at 3.0, and psycho-metricians determine what level of competency must be shown to constitute a "B" grade, while most of my upper level classes are passed by earning an industry certification.
The general-ed classes are a roughly 1/2 of the program, a few are easy, a few are hard. Some people truly struggle with subjects. Its not possible to pass with a low C in any subject. You "get it" or you don't progress.
The upper level classes in my degree program almost always result in a certification. Some of those are easy. They all require study. A+, Network+, Project+, CIW web design & database certs, Microsoft certs, and Cisco certs.
Ok... I reread my review and it didn't quite capture the experience. I study 5 hours a day in a coffee shop or a bar. I have a laptop, and I'm either a little wired or a little drunk. I choose my poison based on the subject at hand. I read about 60 pages a minute, and retain most of it... sometimes I listen to headphones.
I take a break about every 15-20 minutes to go talk to someone about something not school related at all. Its honestly an incredibly pleasant, easy experience, and it doesn't feel like I'm working at all. When I finish a class I reward myself with a piece of delicious cake. School is making me fat. And smart. It rocks.
I am finishing up my 3rd term at WGU. I love this university, although the courses are hard, they r very do able. No university is perfect. I would recommend this school to anyone you like to learn independently!
I already have an Associates degree in Human Service Management. When I went to enroll in this school after looking at my transcript (GPA 3.2) they were only going to credit me with 32 "units"
They said there was no way that they would accept my prior management classes or my writing classes.
Why would I (or you) waste your time repeating or paying for work you have already completed?
Things were going great with this school until I had to do a hands-on project, which would lead to my Master's thesis. I had to do it in a school or workplace, since my workplace would not allow it, i had to do it in a school. Well since I was not a teacher, schools were very hesistant to let me in and teachers were not really overly cooperative....so I didn't get the required response rate that I needed for WGU to count my project.
I thought perhaps my mentor could help, but she claimed she was restricted to give students any help in this area, and that she was merely a mentor. I posted on several educational websites and other areas to garner teachers' attention, but didn't get enough response, and unfortunately reached the time limit covered by financial aid and had to take a sabbatical.
I took all of my tests with WGU, but wasn't able to complete the hands-on work....so basically wasted 2 years and $20,000. A brick and mortar school would have been more help in getting you into a school to do a program required for you to complete your degree....WGU does not offer that type of help.
So unless you are a teacher already....they aren't much help. I am paying on a loan that I got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for.
I needed to go back to school and get a degree, I decided on teaching and found WGU. Everyone learns in different ways and for me this was the best match out there. I was able to work at my own pace, my mentor worked with me all the way. Everyone from the top right to the lowest employee have been willing to talk to me and assist me in anything I have questions or needed from the college. I started with 21 transfer credits and I was able to receive my BA in education in 14months, I worked hard and was rewarded. Any snags were overcome with help from my mentor or the student serveces dept. I worked hard, and it is hard work, but I made it. After getting my BA I decided to try for my Masters in education. Wow, I thought I worked hard for my BA but being dyslexic I had to work even harder. Again everyone at the University worked just as hard with me. Any and ALL problems were handled in a professional manner. If you feel you do not have a good match with your mentor you can talk to student serveces and get a different on without any hard feelings from the college. They not everyone works well with everyone else.
I have both my BA and my Masters in education and am very pleased. I have made life long friends, earned both my degrees and at a resonable price. If you are a good self starter and not afraid of work, this could be the college you are looking for. My son is now attending the IT department and my daughter in half way through the teaching school. They are having the same response from the college as I did.
Looking for a great college go for it.
WGU was a terrible experience from beginning to end. From the first day you're assigned a "mentor" who's supposed to help you along the way. She was nothing but a constant problem. The program (MBA) started off being a lot of work, but worthwhile and challenging enough. I even tested out of classes along the way. Then came many re-writes of papers over and over again for rediculous reasons. Then came the last two exams for the entire program and they were absolutely HELLISH! After all of that time, effort, and money invested I really thought I was going to flunk out. Honestly, I have never failed at anything in my life. It was horrible because I had to take the last two exams SIX times before I passed them. The fees? $60 per exam and you only get 6 chances, so I literally passed the last two exams on the very last allowed attempt. Coincidence? I'm doubting it. Especially since I failed both exams by 1% on my 5th attempt. WGU is a scam and they're responsible for the lowest portion of my life.
I decided to take my classes at WGU to get my bachelors in Accounting. It is regionally accredited and the tuition costs are not expensive. I wanted to get my degree in two years....they just dont let you advance... I am going to change school, but the loan has to be repaid....You only have to read and read the books,but you dont practice. Definitely, I dont recommend this school..
I enrolled in November with about 60 previous college credits and have had a very positive experience thus far. My mentor has been there every step of the way.
I had one goal when I enrolled and that was to graduate as quickly as possible. I've worked in the corporate world for numerous years and feel that I have a good grasp of most business concepts. Through WGU's objective assessment options, I have been able to test out of 5 courses in three months and expect to graduate by the end of the summer.
I have yet to participate in any of the learning communities, as I feel that that would only slow me down. It is; however, nice to know that participation is not required but these communities are there if you need them.
If you are looking for a traditional educational experience and a lot of guidance, then this may not be the right school for you. If you; however, are looking to accelerate your degree, are a self starter and feel that you can do will with self-guided study, then I would highly recommend WGU.
I have been attending WGU for a year and a hlaf. I started form scratch, with only a HS diploma. I have completed 2 yrs of work with this past year and a half. I am now considered a junior, that fast. I have a full time job, and family. I found that all the mentors have been great, with the exception of one. In that case, I kept in close contact with my academic mentor and got through the course. YOu get what you put in on your own merit and schedule. There are no required chats, group work or meetings. They are there if you need them, but are not required. The mentors for the course work, you have acces to them via phone, email or chat- all you have to do is ask. I am extremely happy with my choice to attend WGU!!
I am currently attending WGU so I have to remain anonymous because of the retaliation from the "Evaulation Department." Do not go to this school!! Your grades are at the mercy of "evaluators" who have total control of your work. The evaluators are 'secret' and if you file a complaint about your grades, the evaluators will collude to cover-up their mistakes. Your "Mentor" will not help you, in fact everything at WGU is designed so that you, as a student,can never have direct access to any director.There is no Academic Affairs Dept. It is appalling that this school has accreditation. Utah should be ashamed of itself!!