Western Governors University
Review Averages: 7.4 out of 10 (327 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:
Don't believe the lie that you are a B student
BS Nursing Prelicensure - June 15, 2015
The university is built on student assessment. This is where corners are cut and this puts students at a disadvantage. It says in the WGU policy and student information that any student that that "passes" an exam is considered a "B" student. This is false. The assessment department uses the modified Angoff method to determine cut scores for their exams.(sometimes they don't use anything and just pull a cut score out of a hat.) This Angoff method is based on the a minimally qualified student - someone that is "just passing." So, you can not translate this to a grade of B. Also, most of the vendors that are used for the development of the exams are less than competent and this results in another loss to the students. Students that pass WGU exams are "C-" students at best. The university has lied to them.
Master of Business Administration - June 14, 2015
My experience has been positive, though I agree with other reviewers that WGU is not for everyone. College isn't for everyone, either, but if you are considering an online program it is probably important to note some of the differences between virtual and brick-and-mortar venues. Each has its pros and cons, many of which have been tallied in other posts so I won't repeat them. I would, however, like to add value to this thread by commenting on the nature of WGU's programs as being "competency-based." This is an important element and it took two master's degrees for me to really appreciate it. In 2013, I began and completed an MSN. I did this in one semester by reading, writing, taking tests, and studying 8 to 12 hours most days. I don't recommend this, as it's fairly obsessive, exhausting, and has side effects like ending personal relationships. My point being that it can be done, but it takes a lot of focus, self-motivation, and established competencies in the field of study. After completing my MSN, I began an MBA program. I no longer had 8 or more hours a day to devote to school, but I still put in the recommended 15 to 20 hours a week. It has taken me the full two years to complete the MBA on this schedule, but my background and competencies were in patient care and not business... so this makes sense. Having completed an associates, two bachelors, and a clinical doctorate at brick-and-mortar schools, and now two masters degrees online, I will say that I consider the online venue slightly superior. The education seems equivalent and I don't have to travel or circle for parking. You do indeed get out of it what you put in, but ask yourself what you want out of a degree. If you intend to network, then brick-and-mortar may be better with Ivy league being ideal. If you just want knowledge, then the Internet is likely all you need. I will also say that WGU, while excellent, has all the bureaucracy of any other university. That being said, I would absolutely recommend it if you have the time, motivation, and skill set to succeed.
Not for everyone, but works great for me.
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction - June 5, 2015
I started this course straight out of a regular college teaching program. The first few classes were so simple I began to wonder about the credibility of the program. The first few classes were material which I covered in great detail while gaining my teaching license. I didn't even read the books, which are free. I just wrote the lessons and papers (tasks) and moved on to the next class. As I have progressed through the course, they are starting to gain rigor and I have begun to research my papers instead of writing them from former knowledge. Seven courses in I have gained a picture of where I am going. Every course is aimed at me being able to write my capstone project. With the competency based program, I was able to blow right through those initial classes instead of waiting for the semester to end. The student mentor is there to help you determine deadlines and keep you on track. Additionally, each course has a course mentor which you can call during business hours or email at any time. I work on the tasks and only contact the mentor if my work is sent back and I don't understand the feedback.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
4 of 4 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.
6 of 6 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 5 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.
5 of 5 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:)
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