Western Governors University
Review Averages: 7.4 out of 10 (324 reviews)
Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in their “What Works” segment, WGU is the recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning for 2013, awarded in recognition of their success in expanding access to higher education.
Online degrees based on your skills and knowledge.
Western Governors University—a private, nonprofit, online university—features a competency-based approach to learning that emphasizes mastery of essential skills and knowledge instead of accumulating credit hours. Progress toward your online degree is based on passing rigorous assessments that measure your skills and knowledge in your field of study. WGU offers over 50 degree programs in teacher education, business, information technology, and healthcare (including nursing). These programs are best suited for individuals with at least one year of college experience. Here’s what the WGU advantage means to you:
- An online learning and assessment model that gives you flexibility and control over your education.
- A mentoring team committed to your success.
- A trusted quality education from the only university to have ever received accreditation from four regional accrediting commissions.
- Affordable tuition with the possibility of accelerated learning that equals lower costs for your education.
Challenging and efficient. These are the hallmarks of WGU’s competency-based approach. Learn more today!
WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Teachers College at WGU is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU’s nursing programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).
Note: In Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, through partnerships with these states, WGU operates as WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington respectively. Students who live in these states will receive information from and ultimately enroll in these state universities.
Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges. WGU is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's Nursing programs are CCNE accredited (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791)
Accreditation: Regional, NCATE and CAHIIM
Western Governors University Reviews:
GReat choice for professionals!
Master of Business Administration - May 14, 2015
I am currently doing the MSN in management and leadership. GReat program and with great course materials. I am enjoying so far and using the materials for current work. I don't find the system easy nor hard. I don't need a lot of help and coaching either. Just what I expected for a self paced online degree program.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I got what I wanted!
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) - April 23, 2015
When I started this degree I was working full time in a school as a para-educator and pretty busy. I was able to transfer over a few previous credits from other colleges and I got started. I put my heart and soul into the work and I was able to complete between 30-40 CU's (credits) per 6 month term. In a short 18 months I had completed my degree and I had 2 job offers. Starting this degree my primary concern was would I be able to get a job? Well my experience has been nothing but positive. I have landed a job in one of the most competitive districts in my state (I was 1 of 73 applicants for 1 job). I am currently getting ready to start my Masters with WGU.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
B.S. Accounting - April 18, 2015
This is a serious program. As I read the reviews I understand how WGU is really a composite of competitive adult life in general. Those that excel with this institution seem to be generally hard workers and, specifically, self-motivated. Those that find the program unhelpful appear to be mired in superficial details or simply don't understand their own expectations. The Accounting program is demanding. The volume of study is impressive and the competency-based curriculum keeps you focused on the core principles of the discipline. The broad availability of materials is very good. I don't think they're set up well for Apple interactive study but you can work through it. I also think they need a few more mentors in their core displine areas. The mentors are not there to teach but to keep you focused on the end. And this ends up being a valuable application. I recommend the school. It gets better (and more difficult) every day. Do your research. And if you get accepted at the school be prepared to work hard.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the issue with people who FAIL at WGU...
Master of Business Administration - March 18, 2015
I hear people (mostly anonymous) complain about the system used at WGU, but to be fair people need to ask questions and do their own research before attempting any training program, whether online or brick and mortar. The weekly calls from counsellors are to make sure you are setting goals and not slacking off, they are not there to answer homework questions. There are cohorts for almost every class, that means that you can attend live interactive lectures, or watch them at your own leisure. It costs under $3,500 for 6 months, a fraction of the cost when compared to U of Phoenix. Not to mention that WGU has a better reputation among IT companies. Yes, you can skip the work tabs and take a pre-assessment before taking your final, this lets you know how you are doing and where you are deficient, it gives you a percentage score per category so one knows what to study. There are plenty of tutors available for free, I have used them and have completed 40 credits in just one semester. Why people complain? Maybe they do not take time to study, maybe they do not know how to research questions and topics, I use my mentor as my last resort. One can meet many other students taking the same program, WGU offers many ways to connect with like minded students on social media, including a custom page developed by Facebook for WGU students. It is a great school if you apply yourself and understand that it is not high school, but college and study time is required. Read things carefully, do not assume anything and when in doubt research and ask. There are plenty of resources available to students, failure rests solely on your hands.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
not a good program
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) - March 6, 2015
rn-bsn is more of a tech degree...very difficult to navigate thru courses....LOTS of tedious non nursing related assignments...those with courses like nutrition and stats, and liberal arts credits from traditional universities required to repeat insulting "competencies", which I assume is money related....don't see how making models out of play do and toothpicks increases my nursing knowledge or patient care....price is cheap, but computer knowledge is a must as I found the tech aspect to be the most challenging. going to search for a quick easy and cheap program...realistically, we all just want BSN after the name and as practicing nurses could care less about US History or public speaking ......
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
DO NOT ATTEMPT WGU
Master of Business Administration - March 5, 2015
WGU was NOT a good experience...Thank God I got away from that school before I was buried in debt....The mentor was annoying because he called to see you if I was finished with the assignments but never to help with questions about the assignments. Please please please consider whether or not this is something for you...Lack of support is what I got from this school. I was going for a Masters in Health Management and if you have not been in school for a while as well as have a life, i.e. working, family and work in the community this is NOT the place for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
B.A. Special Education - January 23, 2015
I am currently attending WGU for my B.A. I absolutely love the set up. I enjoy the self-pacing and the acceleration that is available due to the set tuition rate. I love my mentor, she is a huge support and works hard to help me succeed. This is not the school for you if you want a lot of social interaction or you need a lot of academic support. It is the school for you if want to move at your own pace, save money, and mind your own business:)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Evaluators for task stream are a joke, this is not an education
M.S. Information Security and Assurance - January 18, 2015
I just started the MSISA program, I am very sorry opi chose WGU as this is the most frustrating so called education I have ever paid for. the evaluators are never consistent, nor clear or provide any valuable feedback. The course instructor never has time to discuss . I feel this so called university has no expertise and is not competent to teach this subject. Papers get rejected over and over for nonsense.. He'll their phone system does not even work , what a joke. Buyer beware I will be asking for my money back soon !
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Master of Business Administration - December 1, 2014
This entire course has been a horrible experience. From inadequate mentors to convoluted lessons and drawn out processes I have hated it. I am at the end of my degree but feel as though I have not learned anything. I am no better off than I was before I started. Do NOT waste your money.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Math education program
B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) - October 23, 2014
WGU has been a wonderful surprise. You never feel isolated or alone, as one might expect with an online program. You are in weekly contact with your personal mentor and you can schedule meetings with course mentors whenever you like There are online forums for sharing information with other students and the online materials are first-rate. I highly recommend this program!
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