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I have mixed feelings about WGU's program. I have attended other online education which require posting to boards, but this has a mentor call you and they want to contact you weekly. That has proven difficult with my current role. I am greatly disappointed with the curriculum however. This program provides education for advanced practice nursing more than leadership and management. My mentor tells me that more leadership comes in the final classes, but literally what I read, what the instructors say during cohorts is that this will help me as an advanced practice nurse. I already have worked as a nurse manager and director, so I know what education would be helpful. The APN information is not. Financial information would prove far more beneficial for me personally. Based on curriculum for people who want to be nurse leaders, I would not recommend this university.
Let me be clear. For 80% of those who would attend, WGU is fine. For the other 20% of us, it's too limiting. You don't have control over your future or your learning. They say you do - you don't really. You're still forced to take classes according to unwritten rules that don't work for advanced, field-experience-applies workers. The program doesn't work for every learn style, either. You're making yourself work for the system vs. the other way around. So, put it this way. If you want to be blocked and dictated to with no real control over HOW you learn...but you just want the degree for cheap, WGU is perfectly fine. If you don't need a babysitter and just want a program to go at YOUR pace rather than the other way around, seek another school.
When I first started, I thought the school was great. My mentor was supportive and the course mentors were really helpful. Into my second year, things started to change and my experience with WGU seemed to get worse. My personal left to another position and I was assigned a new mentor. I didn't mind too much, but my mentors had withheld important information about state exams that I needed to take in order to complete a future course. My graduation was pushed back by six months because I did not complete the tests in time. Then came time for me to complete my last course and program and yet again I was assigned another new mentor, who did not seem to care about me. My last course is student-teaching, I was paired with a horrible host teacher, who from the beginning did not want to host a student-teacher. Halfway into my program, she decided to end the placement. I was told the process of terminating my placement would be simple and easy going. That has been far from the truth. They do not update you on anything, and everything you thought was going to happen, the opposite happened, with no warning. I have been given the run around and lied too. So much stress has been put on my shoulders due to their lack of support and knowledge. I was supposed to graduate this year, but now it will be next year(possibly later), as I have decided to transfer schools. If you are considering WGU for a teaching degree, I recommend finding a different school.
Myself and many others have been struggling along at WGU because the support for the accounting program stinks. The professors are called Course Mentors and really just answer questions about the study guide and occasionally conduct a live "cohort" which is just them talking about, well, pretty much nothing. Their standard answer is that they can't get specific because they don't even know what's on the exam because they don't make it up. You try to make appointments with Course Mentors when you have a question, but 90% of the time, when you need an appointment to talk, none exist, so it is worthless. The cohorts cover just a very small piece of the large amount of material you have to know and cover on your own, so it doesn't coincide with the course text/material. It is very different from other on-line schools that have structured classes held on a regular basis and they cover the material you need to know. I think WGU maybe have just pushed the envelope with their accounting courses, yet students in other majors seem to be able to "accelerate" through their courses better than those in Accounting. I wouldn't do this again-that's for sure, unless they update their courses and have better student support because you essentially have to know every darn thing in the books, work every problem, struggle and hope that you pick the right multiple choice answer because so many are worded so stupidly and you cannot even figure out sometimes what they are even asking. Originally I had hoped to continue here for my Master's in Accounting, but that's an absolutely NO after this. I would suggest you talk to some actual students and get their "take" on this before you commit to WGU.
I am very independent and asking for help is not in my nature, helping others is. After a very false start I found myself ignorning calls from a mentor who seemed to be more interested in moving on to the next call. (It was terrible!) I made the choice to change programs and was assigned to a mentor who understood my drive. I graduated! HOWEVER, the closest venue for me to walk across the stage and have the experience of receiving my EARNED degree is 9 hours away. Huge letdown. For me, WGU offered the best value. Six months after graduation I am still unemployed in a state that boasts a 2.8% unemployment rate. Resources are great, instructor availability is decent. Your assigned mentor should be on YOUR page, not theirs. If you can't take control of your education, WGU might not be the best place for you.
If your pay raise is based on completed credits, then WGU is great. I took online classes that didn't help me in any way, but moved me to the top of the pay scale. I learned absolutely nothing. Was it easy. Yes! Was it inexpensive compared to other programs? Yes! But when a student can complete a four-year program in one year, all while working full-time, I believe the program isn't thorough and fails in the pursuit of learning. Basically, students write essays to "prove" comprehension. Following the rubric, using the right vocabulary, editing for grammatical errors and exhibiting a very limited understanding of the topic will produce results. I have a bachelors and a masters from a brick and mortar. I wouldn't recommend WGU to anyone who is truly interested in learning. I would recommend WGU to anyone who cares less about learning and who only wants to take credits to get a pay raise.
I have worked in IT for many years, now in management I went from an associates to B.S. and I can say after going through WGU I would never want to hire any person with this on their resume and advise anyone going there to transfer somewhere better. I would advise any manager in any position to question these degrees heavily. If you have a lot of knowledge in the field already, WGU will let you speed through courses to get a degree you already have the knowledge for but are lacking the paper. If the person does not have the work experience already, and only has a degree at WGU I will not hire them because I know the education they received has no real value and they are not ready to work in the field in anything above entry level that a few CompTIA certs would have worked just as well. There are several WGU alumni working here and every single one of them agrees that WGU lets you show what you already know, but their classes do not teach you anything useful in areas you do not know. TL;DR If you have knowledge in field and just need a degree on your resume but already can do the job, WGU is fine. If this exact scenario isn't you, then do not waste your time/money on WGU because you will learn nothing.
The program is labeled as Health Informatics but the focus is Health Informatics and Information Management. Most of the time things run smooth. My issue is the school does not back or support you as a student at all. They have your money so they don't care. The PPE process is a nightmare. You do all the work calling around finding places. The contract gets bounced back and fourth and they don't assist in speeding the process. Mine took almost a year. Schedule got set and when I started with the site it was so unorganized and probably the worst experience to date. The site scheduled me in the wrong department, they didn't review what was required or suggested as tasks and, my scheduled hours were approved but was was not honored by them. Day two I was told the contract that took a year was no good because I was listed as a nurse and the school didn't correct that. Day one is when they looked at my requirements no arrangements had been planned and other departments were not available on such short notice. After speaking to my Advisor, health placement, and the program director they said there was nothing they can do to make my situation better and backtracked on finding alternative solutions.
I was accepted and started my first class on the 15th of the month before my start date. Being allowed to start early was a positive thing with this school. The customer care was really helpful. I dropped the program not long after starting and before my start date. This is my reasoning: There were 4 smaller assignments and 2 large detailed assignment. The only resources provided were 2 small articles giving an overview healthcare innovations (machines and monitoring techniques) and STIs, a 30-page document written by the school, and a literature review. All of these documents were outdated, and the document written by the school have horrible flow, had many grammar and spelling mistakes, and overall not helpful. The literature review was biased towards the authors previous writings. All of the documents were extremely outdated. THE ONLY RESOURCES PROVIDED FOR AN ENTIRE CLASS COVERING 6 ASSIGNMENTS WERE 4 OUTDATED DOCUMENTS!! That was a waste. I read all of the documents and looked over the assignments, and I realized the material was not sufficient and the assignments were busy work made to look involved and scholarly. Cheap tuition apparently equals cheap resources.
I left this school to go back to my alma mater. I liked how cheap it was but the low cost is very understandable. There are no professors. This is a correspondence school. The people that you talk to don't grade work or even know what exactly is expected. This place was very creepy. There were no actual textbooks. They have poorly made photo copies of parts of books that they want you to read. This isn't a normal school in any way. I would recommend to someone that hates weekly work and doesn't like having an actual professor. Most people would not like this setup.