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Great school! I enjoyed learning and expanding my educational career. There were times I wanted to give up, but my Mentor kept pushing me Awesome school. I enjoyed that I can put my child to sleep and finish my work at 2 a.m. in the morning. I loved that my course work was available on my device I had.
My name is A. L., and I am writing a review today on the Western Governors University Online Program, for Nurses wishing to receive a bachelors degree. When I graduated nursing school with my associates degree, I knew that I wanted to go back to school and receive my bachelors degree in nursing. After going through nursing school, I was extremely nervous about starting another program. Several of my coworkers suggested that I apply to Western Governors University. After doing my research, I decided to apply to the program. The program is 100% online, and this was a completely new way of learning for me. I was excited to apply, but anxious to find out more information about the program. I spoke with an enrollment counselor, and immediately, I felt great about the program. They waived my application fee, and within one week, I was accepted into the program. From that point forward, they set me up with an incredible student mentor and she contacted me every single week throughout the program to help keep me on track with my goals. The classes were surprisingly set up in a way that made you feel as though you were in the classroom. Each class had tons of resources, links, and contact information for extra help with the courses. The rubrics and breakdown of the learning material were easy to follow, and really relieved so much of my anxiety about the online program. The best part about this program is that you can go at your own pace. Each term is broken into six months, and the program sets up a timeline for you to finish the classes, but you can also get through the courses faster, if you pass the exams and materials provided. During the program, I was able to work full time, have the birth of my now eighteen month old daughter, and still have time to do all the things I enjoy, without feeling overwhelmed. This program gave me the confidence to achieve my dreams of becoming a nurse educator. After finishing the bachelors program, I am now continuing on to achieve my Masters Degree through their online program. I loved their program so much, that I wanted to keep going, and continue on my road to success. I highly recommend this nursing program to anybody who is looking for a program that can be flexible with their needs, and for anybody who is doubting whether or not there is a program out there for you to help achieve your goals. Western Governors changed my life, and my future.
Excellent MBA program for people who are driven. I highly recommend this to people who know their knowledge from experience will wipe out roughly 3/4 of any Master's program. Perhaps my accounting degree and financial background provided me a leg up on courses that may trip up others, but I was able to complete the program in a year and was grateful to apply a few nuggets from the economics courses to my job (great for strategic planning). If you are driven and have progressed steadily through your career, this MBA program will work well for you and save you tens of thousands of dollars. If you are the type of person who blames circumstances on your shortcomings, you will likely hate this competency based approach.
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.