Western Governors University
Review Averages: 7.5 out of 10
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:
Master's In Special Education - Great experience!
M.S. Special Education (K-12) - February 17, 2016
The Special Education program was a wonderful program! I found the program to be very easy, just time consuming and a lot of writing papers. (Not surprised for an online school). I flew through this program in just 11 months. I am a great self- taught person so this type of learning was no problem for me. It seems like the people who leave bad reviews are the people that have to have their hand held throughout each process and have no motivation to be self disciplined. Having to talk to a mentor each week/ every other week got pretty annoying because I didn't really need any help, but they still required you to speak with your mentor by phone. I enjoyed this degree so much, I am returning to get a second Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Hard work but worth it
M.S. Nursing --Leadership and Management - February 6, 2016
Well worth the price. Hard work and challenging. I completed my degree in 10 months. I highly recommend this degree to any BSN nurse who wants a challenge and increased career opportunities.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
WGU RN to BSN
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) - February 4, 2016
I completed my BSN with WGU. I thought it was a very good program for those who are self-motivated and disciplined. I have read a lot of complaints about the mentors not answering the course assignments. Your mentor is there as a guidance, they are there to keep you on track and give information on who to ask if you have a question or a problem. Course mentors are those that one should ask if they have a question with an assignment. I never had a issue with a course mentor. I actually had a course mentor call me on a Sunday afternoon to give me assistance, I just needed a little push and assistance to finish a paper. Their information technology assistance was a big help and were available till 1am. If you are willing to do the work then WGU is a good program.
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) - January 27, 2016
Currently pursuing my BSN, with just a couple more classes to finish. It has taken me almost 18 months to complete due to working full time, being a mother and being constantly sick...WGU was perfect for me, be cause I can go for a month without touching a book, and then catch up later. I like the annoying mental calls, because they keep me in check so I don't procrastinate too much. I could have completed my degree in 9 months had I not have all those impediments. My mentor is awesome and really resourceful. The course mentors, some are more helpful than others.... The price is good as well. I haven't had any issues with my assignments thus far, I think those complaining are people who are not doing good through their own faults. IT is very good and prompt at helping with any computer issues. I am not crazy about Taskstream, but I have not had any issues with it so far. Although I prefer an actual grade, I have gotten used to the passing grade of WGU. I would highly recommend if you are the type that does not procrastinate endlessly, like me. The only thing I don't like with WGU is that you can't drop a class, you have to complete all classes.
Great option for a busy, working professional
Master of Business Administration - January 7, 2016
I have tried to get my MBA in the past from UoP and was so disappointed in the quality of the education that I dropped out. I cannot empahsize enough the difference between the two programs. WGU is actually challenging. As a result, I am proud to display my WGU MBA. I have been telling everyone that I know about the school and the opportunities that they offer. It is a great value, and a very worthwhile program.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WGU prepared me to be an awesome teacher!
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) - December 23, 2015
I know that WGU prepared me to be an awesome teacher! My student and course mentors were there to facilitate, but I was the one in charge of my education. This is definitely a college for adults. No one is going to hold your hand. You can choose to learn as little or as much as you want. I chose to learn everything I could in the courses of study because my goal was to master the content in order to have the knowledge I needed to become a successful educator. I probably could've scraped by while learning a little, but I would not have been prepared to teach! I am now teaching 7th grade and will begin my Master's in Science Education soon....of course through WGU!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
RN to MSN
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) - November 20, 2015
I am very unhappy with WGU- after starting the program and receiving many reassurances that there would be no problem with North Carolina Accreditation and placement for clinical hours-- I now have to start over with a new school so that I may finish my degree- nearly a year of my precious time and not to mention out of pocket money paid for tuition. I have reached out to numerous people for help in clinical placement to receive the necessary hours for graduation--no one is willing to help. They took my tuition money with no problem but now they have disappeared. All I keep hearing is that there should be 'no problem'. 90 hours of clinical work with a school that 'hides' their accreditation problems with NC is inexcusable- then to leave us out there with no follow up, guidance or placement help. ****North Carolina Nurses--stay away from WGU. You WILL NOT BE ABLE TO graduate!!*****(they will tell you that there are no problems but there are)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
My biggest problem with WGU is ....
M.S. Information Security and Assurance - October 18, 2015
...me. The sun is setting on my first term. I have finished 3 courses more than required for this term so I decided to take a few weeks off until the start of the next term in December. So, as I'm sitting here watching the Jets whoop upon the Redskins, what do I find myself doing? Working on the next class - the class I can't enroll in until the next term. I didn't pursue this masters for my job. The degree won't get promoted. It won't get me a pay raise. I'm doing it for me. So when I started reading some of these reviews I couldn't help but think of why some of these bad experiences have occurred. My biggest problem with WGU has been me. My admissions counselor wasn't Miss Personality, but she got the job done. My student mentor's weekly call is a welcomed study break every Monday evening. His calls are kind of like talking to Dad, "How's the week been? Got any big plans? This was your goal and you did this... is there anything I can do to help? Here's something you may want to think about. Talk to you next week." He holds me accountable for... me. What I said I would do. As we learned in the Army, the maximum effective range of an excuse .... is zero. Every course mentor has replied to my queries. In 5 months I've done 3 or 4 webinars. Each one the mentors wanted to answer any question I might have. Yes, TaskStream (grading) can be slower than I want, and yes, sometimes I wonder what the grader had been smoking that day, but its no different than waiting when I was at a brick and mortar school. I remember once I took a master's level management course at UT-K, from someone who had never managed more than a typing assistant. Yes, I've had a few assignments returned and one even made me a little irritated, but I fixed what they wanted and moved on. So I think my experience has been better than some because I understood the meaning of "competency based". Truth be told I haven't learned a whole lot of new material, and I'm 17 CU's into a 30 CU degree. That's probably because if I was smart enough to teach myself IT over the last 15 years, smart enough to pass the CISSP (WGU qualifier) and smart enough to pass most assignments the first time, then I was smart enough to understand that a competency based education was not going to spoon feed me. I had to adhere to the schedule I set up for study, and I had to execute. With age and experience comes perspective, so maybe the new kid who can tear apart a data packet gets frustrated with the grader when they can't articulate a security policy well enough to pass an assignment. I've had to write DR and BC plans; I've had to write policies; I've had to do most of the boring things that IT leaders have to do - because I've been one for so long. So, back to WGU. Technology is great. Mentors mentor. Some material is dated. Grading isn't as fast as I want, but reasonable. Lord willing and if the creek don't rise, I'll finish up the degree around my 9 month mark - and it has been a tremendous experience. Remember - competency. If you need someone to feed you knowledge, go somewhere else. Have a desire to learn, and can be disciplined enough to do masters level work? Then WGU is the school for you. Now, back to assignment I want to be over. :-)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Accredited and Affordable, but most importantly...relevant
B.S. Information Tech. --Networks Design & Mgmt - October 10, 2015
I was already working 60+ hours a week in Afghanistan as a Network Administrator when I enrolled at WGU in 2008. In spite of, or in addition to, or because of the rigors and stresses of supporting our troops networking infrastructure under austere and hostile conditions, I completed my degree 3 years later. It wasn't easy, but it was achievable. Since then I have obtained jobs, promotions, and raises that are based partly upon that degree. WGU allows you to add that essential ingredient to your resume. The rest is up to you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great program for highly motivated, independent learners
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) - September 14, 2015
With the exception of the biochem professors, the other course mentors(i.e. nursing)were not very helpful. I will say they were communicative & friendly but didn't really offer valuable advice around the subject matter. For this reason, I decided early on that I was on my own. I believe success in the program is guaranteed since you have 3 attempts to take/retake any of the objective or essay competencies. I challenged one objective score because the cut score had been changed after the test, and failed another-passing on the retake. WIth the essay compentencies, it is recommended that you submit a passing paper on the first try. (That didn't make any sense to me, so I didn't take it seriously). Consequently,I submitted a rough draft if I was unsure of the paper's comprehension. When your paper is returned outlining its deficiencies you're essentially directed how to complete the paper for a passing score. I had 39 credits to complete & did so in 9 months at the cost of ~$7K. Can't beat that!
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