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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 23, 2014

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Great school for motivated and independent students. I wasn't sure what to expect when I registered. In fact I decided to go back to school because the institution I work at would rather see letters behind your name as opposed to just experience on a resume. That being said, I love my experience so far, at WGU. People who complain are those who can't accept responsibility for their own actions. They are looking for someone to blame for their misfortune, when it's YOU who controls YOUR life. I researched many, many, many online schools, and finally decided on WGU because of all the reviews, good and bad. You will not have your hand held the entire time you are here. BUT, you will have enough interaction with your mentor as needed. This works for me, and I can't speak for anyone else. I also am proactive about learning things on my own that will help support my degree when completed. For example, I'm taking public speaking courses, as well as powerpoint and articulate lessons. These are requirements for the jobs I will be applying for when I complete my degree, however not incorporated in the curriculum at WGU OR any other MEd program I've researched. I'm also networking with faculty and other students at my institution. YOU need to be proactive, it's not the schools responsibility. I think most people are under the impression that once they get a Masters, they can get any job or the school will help them get a job. WRONG! As I mentioned before, my institution has a high regard for those additional letters behind your name, but once you get in the door with those letters, you'll need to prove you can do the job, and that comes with experience. Experience is not what you get in ANY school, it's what you get during internships or in the workplace.
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Gebhartj (Graduate) on August 7, 2014 (email verified)

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Fantastic Experience A fantastic experience. I entered with very few transfer credits, yet I was able to leverage my 20+ years of industry experience and training to complete a degree in less than 2 years. I was able to learn at my own pace, and never wanted for assistance when I became stuck or hit a roadblock.
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Dhnorton (Graduate) on August 6, 2014 (email verified)

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Highly recommended Bottom line for me is that this was a fantastic experience - one that has already paid financial dividends for me. I have been in the accounting field for 30 years but have never worked anywhere that a degree was needed. What I had was always enough to take me as far as a woman could go in any company I have worked. Until I managed to become employed by a government where if you had a degree, there was places to go. When a position opened up and I wasn't qualified ONLY because I didn't have the piece of paper that said I was and I didn't get it I decided to go back to school (at 48) and complete what I started. I had some courses from 30 years ago that wasn't sure would transfer or not but I knew I needed quite a bit more. I originally checked into Community College to get some of the courses I needed and was ready to sign up but decided to do just a little more checking. I checking into University of Phoenix because it was online and since I live in a smaller town I thought that would be perfect for me - no long travel or late nights on the road. Wow - the price had me re-thinking and I ruled that out based on that. Back to the Community College is wandered. Then, a lady from church, who is a former Dean of a College, heard that I was looking to going back to school and recommended WGU. I figured that was a pretty good recommendation since she had been in higher education. Then I checked into it - the price was incredible, about as much as I'd be paying at Community College but I could get so many more credits for my money! And their competancy based learning style was perfect for me. I could study at my own pace, test at my own pace and it wouldn't break the bank. I was a little skeptical at first because I wondered if employers would percieve it as not worth as much but after asking around to Controllers & Finance Officers, I was told pretty much - a bachelor's is a bachelor's, competancy based didn't seem to make a negative difference. So after much thought I took the plunge. The best decision I've ever made! I had about a year's worth of credit that carried over (several Bible classes did not) so I figured at least 2 years to complete my BS. But, since I had been in the industry for so long and have lots of life experience, with the competancy based model, I was able to complete my BS in 13 months! My student mentor was fantastic - I didn't need a lot of assistance from her but we talked regularly and each discussion got me energized to face whatever was on my plate next. The course mentors sometimes were difficult to reach but if I ever had a problem, my student mentor stepped in to help me contact them. They were quite helpful and knowledgable about their subject matter and were invaluable to me in some of the more difficult courses. I would recommend (and have) WGU to anyone but especially those that have some schooling/life experience under their belts. You do have to be somewhat self-motivating but if you are, this is an incredible option. It saved my quite a bit of money (only costing me $9000 total, which I was able to get student loans for) and has already garnered me one promotion and I am on a path to another promotion in the next couple of months. I will have re-couped my investment in a year! I am thrilled with the experience & the outcome. I highly recommend WGU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 29, 2014 (email verified)

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Perfect program for me I finished my BSIT-Software over a year ago and within 4 weeks interviewed with and received job offers from two Fortune 500 technology companies! I have attended many brick and mortar schools and the educational requirements are on par with the local universities I have attended. The only difference between the two is there isn't much hand holding at WGU. You are assigned a student mentor whose sole purpose is to ensure that you are staying engaged and making efficient progress(similar to attendance requirements at B&M schools). They keep you motivated and help to hold you accountable, however, they are NOT subject matter experts-this is where the COURSE mentors come in. Most course information is pretty self explanatory and course mentors are usually not needed. When there is a course known to cause students difficulty, the course mentor actually sends out an email with links to live webinars that are basically Q&A sessions with links to study guides and other resources-they are held several times at different times throughout the week(s). Basically, you get out what you put in. Unlike B&M schools where you show up and are given or expected to take class notes based on the professors own research/knowledge-YOU are responsible for mastering the content enough to complete assessments and assignments. This requires a different mindset than that of every other traditional school I have attended. If you are a self motivated person who can learn almost independently, this is DEFINITELY the school for you. There is a reason why WGU is geared towards adults, they expect that you can set a goal and accomplish it without too much babysitting or outside assistance. Also, unlike other online schools, there are no weekly post or assignment requirements. When you semester starts, you are given access to your course of study(syllabus) and work at your own pace to complete assignments. So if work gets busy one week and you're not able to dedicate any time to study, it is okay. You have until the end of the 6 month term to get your work in(although I believe this has changed a bit to require at least one assignment by the first 45 days-not 100% on this though). On the flip side, if you have an abundance of time, you can work ahead and finish as much work as fast as you can, even adding additional courses to your term if you finish the initial 12 CUs(credit units/hours) with time to spare. And for those wondering, I have also been accepted into a local private university's graduate program without a problem due to WGU's regional accreditation. Before applying, I did ask the admissions office if WGU's pass/fail grading system would be a problem. She informed me that it would not if the transcript indicated that a PASS score was at least of B quality(which it does indicate).
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Birichinaedolce (In Progress) on July 28, 2014

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MBA - IT I am a working adult. I just finished my first term with WGU. This is a great school. There is a reason they make you submit a resume. I have a lot of real world experience and I can do the work. It is very hard. I do not think I would have done well if I didn't have so much real-world experience. They make you DO the work as if it were a job. If you have never done the job, it's going to be difficult for you in the MBA IT. I earned every credit this last term. I designed an eCommerce site soup-to-nuts. I wrote and entire I.T. project soup-to-nuts. And I took an HR course that required I design an employee evaluation system soup-to-nuts. This isn't easy stuff. You can learn it, I am sure. Just going to take you more time and study than someone who has experience. if you have no work experience, you're going to have a tough time and this school isn't for you. Personally, I love WGU.
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Ahawki1 (In Progress) on July 9, 2014 (email verified)

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WGU MBA in IT Mgmt First of all, I started this program a couple of months after graduating from WGU with my 4 year degree in Information Technology. Here is my experience so far: This is a very challenging program. Compared to what I had write previously to what I have to write now, there is a big difference. WGU is for someone who is motivated and self-directed. If you don't fit that description, this is not the school for you. Unlike other schools, WGU don't have classrooms or offices where you can visit a professors. They have course mentors that you can contact for assistance via email or the phone. I needed help from the course mentors in my project management and human resources course - they were very helpful. Regarding an issue with the servers being down, that has never been a problem with me. Other than routine maintenance, I don't have an issue with accessing the learning resources. This school is about using technology to learn the material. So there are videos, e-books, online courses, etc., that are part of the package. So you have to be comfortable with technology. Concerning not being able to access the material on your tablet, don't blame WGU. The designers of the courses (e.g., Pearson), not WGU, made the decisions on how their material will be accessed. These are learning companies that countless schools used. If they've decided that the only tablet a student can use with their courses is an Ipad, what control does WGU has in that matter? Finally, you will only get out of this program what you put into it. So you can sit back and moan about how terrible the school is or you can roll up your sleeves and get busy. Or as a preacher said,you can either make a way or make an excuse.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 5, 2014 (email verified)

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In my final three classes I've attended Purdue University and Ball State University in Indiana for a Secondary Education major. Strangely enough, I ended up in IT and found myself in need of a relevant degree in IT Management. Traditional wasn't going to work this time, I have a wife and a child now - so I started researching. There's a lot out there in this space, Kaplan, Phoenix, etc. etc. WGU stands alone. Tuition is affordable, resources are all virtual, everyone is attentive and communication is always prompt. If you want to learn independently at your own pace, you can. If you want to interact and attend sessions and lessons, you can. If you want to piss away the semester and fail, you can - but they don't make it easy. Every week, at least in the beginning, you have to interact with an advisor once a week. He or she helps you set goals, and if you don't meet them you have to admit it. I hate to fail people, this was increasingly motivating to me (and insanely annoying, there have been times I've treated my mentor pretty poorly and she's a very nice person). That said, once I got used to this aspect of the WGU process - I liked it. I'm friends with my mentor now, we talk about life at times and I hope to meet her one day. My degree will be wrapped up at the end of July or early August. I'm working on reenrolling for the Masters program already. This fits into my life, why not right? All of this said, I have a degree from a respected brick and mortar college - and this is MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. You rescue you. You decide if you have what it takes, you do the work, you work hard, no TA is going to save your ass here and being nice isn't going to get you an extension. This is real, this is hard, this is earned. Only go this way if you have what it takes, and educate yourself. Most of the students who go WGU fail. The bar is high.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 24, 2014

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QUESTION THE ABILITY TO COMPLETE AS EARLY AS 6-8 MONTHS? I am a ASN nurse, graduated from a reputable school in 95. I have 40 credit hours to complete BSN. As a single head of household, full time worker, I find it very hard to accelerate through these classes, as some have written. If you have someone at home, to take care of all other responsibilities, maybe. But I would suspect that to accelerate that fast, you would be spending at least 20-25 or more hours a week studying, which is really alot of time. So think long and hard about how much time your lifestyle can really afford for study. I have only been able to complete the required 12 credits for each semester so far, because sometimes life gets in the way. I just think you need to be realistic with how much time you think you will need to study. I dont feel the courses are difficult, but due to the nature of all online learning, there is tons of information, and reading material to wade through to find what's needed/wanted in the exam. As, well, I have found that acceleration through a course because you have "previous experience" is also somewhat a farce. I have a life and did not want to be stressed out by returning to school at the age of 50. So, I will be forced to spend an extra 3000$ for an extra semester. As everyone says prior, its what you put into it, but I think that anyone who said they did it in less than 12-24 months is a probably a rareity.
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Jbro197 (In Progress) on June 19, 2014 (email verified)

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Competency is very subjective In theory, this would be a great institution to attend. However, many details on the competency based learning are left out. I completed a period and a half and finally could not bear the inconsistencies that there were per course. First off, most course materials are not view-able on tablets, which I tend to use over computers for reading. Also, most course webpages are poorly laid out and are littered with resources that aren't explained sufficiently within the course syllabus or mentioned at all. If you don't mind trying to wrap your head around a poorly constructive site than it shouldn't be an issue. My student mentor was helpful but the other resources such as the writing center and course mentors were less than helpful. I'm a pretty independent student and don't need much assistance but the times I did reach out to course mentors for specific questions about papers they would talk in vague terms and expectations. I don't need someone to hold my hand or do my work but if I ask a specific question I expect a certain response. Also, be ready to write 15 to 25 page papers consistently. I believe I had one under ten pages. Lastly, there is a wall between you and the person who is grading your work. They grade your work and if they think it needs to be revised they will leave you comments. Any clarifications on their comments is impossible as they lie behind a clock of secrecy. Remember this is a resource that reads the rubics for the course and makes their own opinions on whether you meet the requirements. The do not offer any help other than comments. You must than work with you course and student to mentor to discern what is really being expected. FYI: They are not ACBSP accredited. That was my fault.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 19, 2014 (email verified)

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Current WGU Grad Student Review Working towards MBA-IT. The WGU program is a challenge in some areas and easier in others. It's been fun and interesting to see how some of the material plays out in the real world and I have already seen that it does. Good program, good mentors and never had problem with getting connected online or with reaching a course mentor. Everyone is polite and willing to help. A word of caution though - this program is not for anyone who cannot study on their own. It's an independent program; you do this on your own. WGU is not for a young student just starting out - there is no classroom, no professor to dock you points for not turning in assignments. Just You. For my schedule - working full time and taking care of my two small children this has been great opportunity to get through an accredited program all the while being able to do it from home.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 28, 2014 (email verified)

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BSN in one semester I can only echo what others have written, you must be a self starter. Every day after work I would come home and do homework for 2-3 hours, and at least hours each weekend day. It is hard work, but well worth it. The mentors are a great asset, and the instructional material and what is learned is just as good as a brick and mortar school. You get out of this program exactly what you put into it. I am very happy with the quality of the education and will be applying for my MSN from WGU.
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Birichinaedolce (In Progress) on May 27, 2014

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Current Student Review I'm in an MBA I.T. program. The thing about WGU I learned very quickly is that you must be a real world professional to succeed. For instance, in my project management course, if I hadn't actually done many projects, I'm not sure I could have gotten through it. It's not for you unless you have work experience. You're out here on your own. You must be proficient in the use of technology. WGU has excellent tools. The mentors are always willing to help. But you have to reach out to them. For someone who needs to prove their knowledge, and fill in the blanks to round out their education, an MBA from WGU is the way to go. Their grading is strict and you WILL work your butt off. But if you know your stuff, and work hard on your own, you're in good shape. Definitely not for someone young and inexperienced. You could never keep up the pace. I think that is why you must submit your resume to be considered. All-in-all I am very satisfied so far. Tired, but satisfied.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 6, 2014

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WGU is awesome! I completely love wgu and my experience. I am 2 classes away from a Marketing Managemnt degree and I'm really excited! I love the concept that the working adult can attain a degree that you can pay off as you go! This is a huge answer to the need for many Americans to finish their education with minimal debt. I love the student mentors phone calls weekly, they are very quick and to the point. This keeps you on track for the week. The course mentors are amazing and spend extra time with any student wanting to work hard. I am very self motivated and enjoy a new challenge so this program worked well for my goals. This degree has taken a lot of work, it's not easy material So dont be fooled. I've very pleased with my experience and will continue to hold WGU in high regards. I think the school is innovative and ahead of its time. I would and have strongly recommended their programs to potential students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 9, 2014 (email verified)

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WGU is my type WGU is exactly what I've been looking for: I can study on my own pace (a.k.a. faster) and have my own schedule. It's being working pretty well for me, because I prefer studying by myself to being taught. So far, I only had to interact with English Composition course mentors to get feedback on my writing, they promptly responded all my e-mails with helpful tips. For the other courses I took so far, I just studied the material, took the exams, and everything went smoothly. WGU is a great option for self-taught people. On the other hand, if someone needs to get "babysat" during their coursework, it's better to look for a more traditional college. ;)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 24, 2014

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WGU review This may be an affordable university, but that's all it is. You can expect little support and guidance from incompetent staff members. They continuously change program requirements and the course materials do not adequately prepare students for finals. I wouldn't recommend this cheap school to anyone. The student experience at WGU is a waste of your valuable time and money.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 19, 2014 (email verified)

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Lost Application Fee, Strung Along for Months I was so excited to learn about WGU's K-8 B.A. that I immediately and enthusiastically began the application process. The process was tainted from the start. My incompetent and/or overextended admissions counselor repeatedly missed appointments for the better part of six months (in one case, she actually scheduled an appointment during her vacation, leaving me waiting by the phone for hours for a call that never came). What was supposed to be an easy admissions process turned into an expensive headache. This school may be not-for-profit, but you definitely get the call center treatment. Everything about the admissions process is unprofessional. In the end, I found Indiana University's well-respected online programs. I was admitted quickly and will be completing my B.A. in the next few months. Faculty and support staff at IU have been nothing but professional and helpful. Please do yourself a favor and look into the much more reputable online programs at your state's public universities.
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Caschen (In Progress) on March 3, 2014 (email verified)

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You Can do Better I left a traditional university because I was not able to complete my degree and work full time. I chose WGU because it was accredited and the courses can be completed at your own pace. My hope was that an online university wouldn't be so tedious and I would not have to deal with as much BS. Not so much. You must check in with a "mentor" on a weekly or bi-weekly bases. Mentors are only available during traditional work hours, and mine is often late in calling. This creates a lot of problems for me. The call itself is pointless. It is basically "How are you? and What are your goals for the week?". The one time I did ask my mentor to call me so I would have someone to be accountable to while I was working on a big project he did not. The course content is pretty solid, but good luck getting in touch with a "professor". Google is your friend. I also feel like they try to prolong your experience. My mentor told me that I had to have 10 points over the cut score on any pretests to move on. There was one pretest that I kept passing consistently but not by 10 points, he refused to approve me for the actual test. I got a not passed on my transcript for that semester. At the beginning of the next semester he chose to inform me that it was just his policy and I could have taken the test if I wanted to. Only problem is that your mentor has to approve all of your tests. I also had to finish a course that required 5 tasks. I submitted all of my work in time for grading, but one item was returned to me the last day of the semester for a very minor grammatical error. Again, I received a not passed on my transcript even though I resubmitted within thirty minutes. Just a lot of really frustrating hoops to jump through and no personal interaction with anyone that actually can help you succeed academically. I just need a piece of paper that says I graduated from an accredited university so I will jump through the hoops, but if you are looking for an educational experience look elsewhere.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Great choice for the self-motivated learner needing to complete their university degree Firstly, let me say that I did not go through the financial aid process so can't comment on that. That being said, I can only image that it is Byzantine at best regardless of the school you attend. Why WGU? It is accredited and it is online, allowing for the flexibility I needed to complete my degree. My work and business travel schedule prohibited me from going to a traditional school that has strict attendance requirements and rigid schedules. In addition, my salary did not allow me to apply for financial aid so their set tuition suited my needs. That is why the set tuition, regardless of credits completed, was great for me. Additionally, I liked that I could "set my own pace". There were some courses that I felt, after years of personal and professional development, were "tedious" because I already had knowledge of the content area. Granted, the self-pacing/self-study was daunting because you have to be motivated AND organized to handle this type of learning process. Luckily, I have always thrived in this type of environment. So be forewarned that your own personal motivation and organization are the key to your success. The courses (assignments and tests). The online proctoring of tests was tedious in that there are many technical requirements that need to be met (internet connection, virus software, operating systems/computer types, etc.). That being said, it seems to be this way every time technology is involved. I feel for our IT department at work dealing with the "confusion" of us non-IT mortals! :-D Regardless, I got through it. In addition, when turning in assignments, I found it helpful to use a software program such as Grammarly that would give me a % score with regards to possible plagiarism or duplicate online content. This is because WGU, like many universities, puts your written assignments through the Turn-It-In online system used by many universities today. The assignment is given a % score based on perceived duplicated content through an online scan/search. You MUST be aware of this and address the issue BEFORE turning in an assignment to save the need for revision. Also, I would recommend actually reading the rubrics of the requirements they will be looking for in each assignment. Having a rubric checklist that I "checked off" prior to submission helped to save time with regards to resubmission and corrections. The courses (tutoring and instruction) Finally, if you require significant tutoring on subjects, this university may not be suitable since it is primarily for working professionals with a strong sense of self-management and individual initiative. There are course mentors to call on but they will usually guide you to where to find the information you need. Some will also provide online study groups or learning sessions for those struggling. But you should not expect a "classroom teaching environment". If that is what you need, you should go back to university full-time in a classroom environment. All in all, I have to say it was a great experience that allowed me to complete my degree after years of wanting to but not having a higher education university model that could fit my full-time working needs.
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Psieber (In Progress) on February 2, 2014 (email verified)

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WGU Rocks I started at WGU in September of 2013 and am just about to complete my first term. So far I have already finished up 48 credits and have only 5 classes left until graduation. I will say that the WGU style isn't for everyone. It does get rough when you are trying to figure out the right way to set up a program or complete a project. I disagree that the course mentors are inaccessible, and have had nothing but a positive experience so far. If you are motivated and have/can get the resources you need to succeed it is a great value school with excellent support staff.
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Uncletodrich (In Progress) on December 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Right On I live out side of the U.S. and W.G.U. works for me. Be sure to have a good internet connection if planing to travel abroad.
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Vneale (Graduate) on October 6, 2013 (email verified)

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RN-BSN program I can not say enough good things about WGU. I had 37 credits to do to obtain my BSN degree. I completed my degree in 8 months and I worked full time. The thought of going back to school after graduating with my ADN in 1981 was terrifying for me, but my mentor and everyone I came into contact with through WGU made it totally simple. The coat was lower than other online programs and the program is accredited by the same program that other leading colleges and universities use to accredit them. Would totally recommend this program to others .
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 11, 2013 (email verified)

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Admissions Counselor VERY Unprofessional! Had I been assigned another admissions counselor, I might be a WGU graduate today. I never made it past admissions, despite being a strong candidate for online education. My admissions counselor strung me along for four months. She ignored my email. She "forgot" to call when we scheduled appointments. Once, she called a week after a missed appointment to let me know she had gone on vacation. I found the process extremely trying and unprofessional. Finally, I cut my losses (specifically a $65 application fee). I applied to an online program through a well respected state university. I was accepted quickly and my advisor was phenomenal! The difference in professionalism was astounding. Please do not waste your time and energy on WGU when most state universities now offer high quality, rigorous (more widely respected) degrees that are identical to those earned on campus! I high recommend Indiana University's online programs.
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Bobby.h.lane (In Progress) on August 27, 2013 (email verified)

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If you want easy, go to a different school WGU gets a bad reputation because it is all completely online. The truth is, that is the way to go now. I applaud them for their model and others will certainly follow. When the other schools do follow this format, WGU will be known as the trailblazer! If you want easy, then go to what others would consider a "real" school. The bottom line is - this IS a real school and has more accreditations than most if not ALL brick and mortar universities. If you are not a whiner, can be self-motivated, and want to accelerate your degree, then you have what it takes!
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Bwhitesides (Graduate) on August 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Quality University- Challenging and Self Paced I've read some negative reviews of WGU by what seems like new High School students looking for an "easy" degree. This is not the University for you if you fit into that category. The Accounting program at WGU requires a great deal of self discipline and dedication to complete the degree. I was a previous 4 year graduate of a well known brick and mortar state university and found WGU to be more challenging than that University was. On the downside, there is very little support for you if you are struggling- admittedly some of the student "counselors" are ill-trained and poorly qualified to be counselors. However, the materials are great, the testing is fair and fully monitored and if you are truly dedicated to earning a degree at a very reasonable price, this is the online university for you.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Wonderful School..... This school is, by far, the best thing that has ever happened to me!!!! I have been a stay at home mom most of my adult life and now that my kids are growing up, I felt it was time to do something for me, so I decided to go to College. Of course, having kids that are in school, it made it difficult for me to go to a traditional brick and mortar university! I chose WGU after a friend graduated and started teaching in a local elementary school. I not only completed my degree in 3 years, including student teaching, I am now enrolled in the Masters program for Instructional Design and Technology! That is how much I believe in WGU! The mentor support has been phenomenal and each and every time I have ever had a question, the course mentor has called me back within the day! The only complaint I have ever had has been with the third party graders. It seems as though they are not all on the same page with grading. With that being said, I have always had great information given to me from the graders if a task was not passed the first time around. I do agree with most everyone on here though, if you are not motivated and willing to be a self learner, this is not the school for you! I have friends who went to the local university (a LARGE, WELL KNOWN university... they have over 200 teacher candidates every semester) that say they do not feel as they learned as much as I did! Lesson planning is long and vigorous with WGU, but when it comes to crunch time and having to TEACH that lesson, I was AMAZED how much it helped writing so many lesson plans for tasks. I would recommend ANYONE to WGU... matter of fact, I have recommended several of my own kids teachers to do their Graduate degree! I am a believer!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Be Ware In the beginning WGU sounded wonderful. I have a MS form UMUC that I did online and thought this would be along the same lines. Wrong. Everything is up to you. Generally I have no problem with that. However, if you need help it is difficult to get. I had one course mentor who was great. But now I have a different one that says you need to study more. She says I can only answer specific questions. She blows you off when you send an email and responds only if ecare contacts her. My student mentor is nice, but does not answer emails and if you request help with something she never gets back with you. I only have 5 classes left and will hire a tutor if I have to.
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Ltsts (Graduate) on June 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Great for working adults Makes me sad to see that some people did not value the education at WGU. The new position I took at the hospital I work at required a BSN. WGU was far cheaper than the other courses that required time I did not have to spare. Finished my course in 10 months and found much value in the education I recieved. Mentors are there to motivate you and guide you through your journey, my first two were incredible and encouraging. My third mentor not so much but we are adults and don't need our hands held at all times. This is a perfect program for responsible working adults.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 27, 2013 (email verified)

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A Graduate. Like others that have been successful at WGU, you must be motivated and self-disiplined. The university uses a competency model that is completely unlike traditional and other online schools. This means there are no letter grades, you either pass or you don't. I just earned my BA degree in Interdisiplinary Studies (K-8)and bottom line it was a lot of hard work. I had two terrific Student Mentors. My first mentor left WGU to earn her doctorate degree. My second mentor was with me the rest of the way. We spoke once a week and then bi-weekly to review my progress, discuss what needed to be done in the upcoming weeks, and examine any problems I might be having. If my student mentor could not find the answer, she would either direct me to the person I needed to go to or put me in touch with them. This is a school where you are going to do A LOT of writing. The graders are given a rubric to evaluate your papers, or tasks as WGU calls them, and you must meet the requirements of the rubric. READ the rubric before you begin!! This way you are clear on what is expected of you. Yes, some of the tasks are VERY challenging, but they are doable and I know for myself, I feel all the more accomplished when my tasks pass. For education majors, the material learned is relevant to today's classroom. When you get to your pre-clinicals you will be expected to observe and teach lessons in an actual classroom. The school does not place you for your pre-clinicals, so have in mind where you would like to complete them. WGU does not have a preference of schools. It can be public, private, or charter. Some schools are very welcoming, some are not. Overall, the course mentors (not teachers) are very helpful and are knowledgable in their subject matter. It's their job to help you get through the course and complete the tasks. I only had one course mentor that was incompetent in my opinion. A another student noticed the same things I did and emailed me. I did express my concerns to the appropriate WGU person and hopefully she's not there anymore. However, if you do not need help, you can complete everything on your own. Just know that some course mentors are better than others. I am overall very please with the education I received at WGU. The university has experienced explosive growth over the time I have been a student there. So, there has been a lot of growing pains. A lot of the whining I read about the university are from people that just aren't up to learning the WGU way. You have to be able to work mostly on your own and you are accountable only to yourself. If you would rather be in a classroom with other students, WGU is not the school for you.
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Kristilapierre (In Progress) on May 12, 2013 (email verified)

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RN to MSN I am nearly done with the Masters program and must say that this is the best decision that I have made for quite some time. This has been hard and there have been a few tears but I have learned so much! The value is incredible if you are a self motivated person. The school mentors have been extrememly responsive and helpful.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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WGU, an Experience I recently graduated from WGU, and am now entering into the Graduate School. I spent 4 years here, listening, learning, and a whole ton of writing. I see these negative reviews, and the only thing that comes to mind is whether or not these people have adjusted their tin-foil hats. WGU was an outstanding University. I took my Degree to University of Chicago, Harvard, and UCLA. All three of them accepted the Undergrad without any problem, so anyone who tells you that WGU isn't 'accredited' or 'reliable' needs to rethink that. Those three schools are amongst the finest in the country and even known around the world. If THEY will accept the degree, how is anyone going to call WGU's degree 'questionable' or 'unreliable'? The Mentor thing... it can get old, but only if you have a closed mind and are bored or uninterested. If the Mentor didn't care, they wouldn't call you. My mentor, Xavier, was the finest you could ask for. Period. The classes are challenging. If you think this school is some flimsy diploma mill, you obviously don't know a thing about it. My only issue with WGU is the Evaluators... they would beef me on everything.
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Missym162104 (In Progress) on April 30, 2013 (email verified)

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Not worth the time and money!!! My boyfriend referred me because he is going for IT, he is a System's administrator and is really good with online and computer related stuff. I'm not computer illiterate, but the way the website is set up and all of the online classes and online books made it extremely difficult to finish. I have always been an excellent student, but this is not my preferred learning style. I tried to explain this to my mentor, but he kept telling me to "stick it out, it will get easier." It did not! He waited until it was too late for any refund to let me drop and now I owe over $5,000 for a horrible semester and no credits to show for it! I had 3 deaths in the family during this semester and this didn't qualify me for any type of extension or refund! They are heartless and only want your money! I would strongly advise anyone who is looking to better themselves to look elsewhere. Don't get tricked into wasting your time and money like I did!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 26, 2013 (email verified)

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My Personal Experience I have been at WGU, in the Teacher's College, for a little over a year now and so far I have enjoyed my time here. The classes are relevant and provide ample learning resources to complete the task and assessments. But, if you are not self disciplined and lack motivation - I would not recommend WGU to you since that is probably the most important factor in choosing to study here. It's not usually a problem for me, I have my "off" weeks but since the program is flexible, I can easily bounce back to my work and catch up as long as I'm focused. The materials provided within a class are usually really easy to use, navigate and they are informational. I've never had an issue with this at all. The "teachers" are there when you need them and have helped me through phone calls, e-mails, or chatting. I've seen some people say that they aren't helpful, etc. But they have almost always directed me to the right direction. Of course they're not just going to tell you how to do your task because then you wouldn't learn anything. Which was a problem I had in a brick and mortar school I attended before I came to WGU - I would seek help from a professor and he/she would just end up telling me exactly where to find the answer or just flat out told me the answer instead of directing me to LEARN. Now, I will admit that the "mentors" are kind of a joke. Their job is to basically talk to you once a week or two weeks and make sure you're staying motivated and doing your course work. They are very "customer service" like. Meaning, very upbeat and outgoing. Which really isn't that horrible because once in awhile I need to be kicked in the butt to get a task done and hearing their enthusiasm brings my mood up. My biggest issue is that in the past year I have had three different mentors. They've all been really nice but I don't necessarily like the inconsistency. The online portal is very user friendly, in my opinion. I am pretty good with a computer though so that could be helpful. Overall, I would and I have recommended WGU to individuals who are motivated to learn and earn a degree. I'm usually a very strong believer in "you get what you pay for" but even though the tuition is comparably lower than other online universities, I feel that I have not compensated my education for the lower price tag. I plan on continuing my education at WGU and earning a masters degree after I have completed my bachelors.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 22, 2013

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Hoping it gets better Overall its been an OK start but I will admit as a full time Legal Secretary and mom of a rowdy three year old boy and 1 year old diva daughter I picked WGU for the price of online convenient education. That being said; I am 24 years old so I am hoping that I will obtain some serious headway once classes get started May 1- the final goal is get my JD by age 30!!! WGU is by every means of calculation the best possible value for the money. I love that a Pell Grant covered all but $300 of my first 6 mo term. For someone who has work experience I love that the competency-based model! I transferred in 36CUs out of 49 total credit hours so that is not bad!!! I am not impressed with the fact that it has take two weeks for Admissions to "Clear" me for Education without Boundarie s Orientation; I know there are many students but lets get real; no excuses there.. Overall so far okay but if I don't get cleared for that 9 hour orientation before May 1 I may re-review WGU. Best of luck to all but if money is a issue I think even with that delay its the only option!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Great alternative to traditional education WGU is a great alternative to the traditional college institution. I have a very busy lifestyle with work and family and found there BA and MA programs to be the ideal way to complete college education. I have read some reviews that complain about lack of teachers or mentors not answering there questions and that they had to go out and find the answers themselves. Well WGU is competency based education meaning your not going to have someone sitting in your class or in their office to go to, so that you can get the answer from them. The expectation is that you should be able to LEARN the material from books and from research to be able to provide an answer. WGU is not for everyone, it is for the busy, SELF MOTIVATED student who wants to complete a degree. That being said it is a great program for someone like myself who is working full time in a professional career, has a family or doesn't have time to go to a classroom every day with a bunch of kids who need to be spoon fed answers. WGU education is much like the real world, work hard to succeed, learn to use the communities and mentors for communication, but ultimately completing your degree is on your own terms and passing or failing falls on one person, yourself. Thank you to WGU and all it's mentors and communities for helping me complete my educational goals.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 12, 2013 (email verified)

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WGU's MBA Program Very Challenging I completed my MBA at WGU in February and it encompassed a self paced - self taught - self disciplined approach on my behalf. I have read all the positive and negative reviews written about WGU and I must say only one is warranted the transcripts. The transcripts are very vague and will be very difficult for any human resources professional to discern, why! The transcript only lists the name of the course and pass or fail listed next to it with no GPA. You heard correctly it does not list a 3.0 GPA next to the course. The transcript has light printed text on the back that boasts that each student has achieved at least a 3.0 in every course passed. Also there is no course description what so ever regarding the competencies attained with each course. I find this aspect of it disturbing at best the reason is I strenuously more effort into this than most and received perfect scores on most of my writing assessments and in this system of grading there is no honors graduates such as CL or MCL. Further by not having a course description does not aid the graduate in applying for certain positions relevant to the degree. I have attempted to by pass this problem my making a WGU MBA portfolio with all the course context and grading sheets from task stream contained within. In light of the issues, I highly recommend to WGU to add substance to the student transcripts and to also reorganize the current system of grading at once because the rest of the college in my opinion is excellent. If you seek help from the mentors and instructors you will receive it. If you have questions about anything student services will take care of you. I enjoyed my time at WGU it was an incredible interactive learning experience that I was able to accomplish at my own paced with at a highly reduced cost compared to traditional universities.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Very Satisfied I'm very please with my experience with WGU. Like other reviewers said, my mentor is only, "meh" but I don't really need one. With hard work I managed to complete 34 credit hours in one term. I do think this school is easier for those who finished their first two years of college at a Community college as it better prepares you for writing college level papers. The competency based model requires you to actually learn the material, and as a result I feel like I learned a lot more at WGU than other conventional colleges.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Outstanding for Adult Learners I've read a few gripes about this school, most are the result of flawed expectations. This is NOT a traditional school, it cannot and should not be compared to such. This school is for self-paced, self-motivated adults who already have a firm grasp of the field they're seeking a degree. This school is NOT for people who need their hands held. This is a great, accredited school, at a great value, period.
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Ma739094 (Graduate) on March 25, 2013 (email verified)

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WGU's compentcy based education an unacceptable degree I recently graduated from WGU in the MBA program and I am very happy to say its over. I have written well over 1000 pages during my time at WGU and I totally believed once I received this degree that it would further my career and it has not. I have applied for numerous positions within colleges and state institutions only to have this degree rejected because it has no GPA and the transcripts are so vague all it lists are the courses with pass or fail listed. I have been rejected by numerous college institutions for entry into DBA and PHD programs because there is no GPA associated with WGU degrees. Sure WGU states when you pass the courses you have obtained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA but this is meaningless as WGU will not offer a letter to anyone stating this fact because I have requested it to no avail. As far as support my mentors previous job was a used car salesman and every time I had a question about course content he had no answers and quickly changed the subject. I am not going to go on and be negative about WGU because that's simply not my way however it is what it is, I will not be getting a better career nor will I be accepted into a DBA or PHD program with this degree having said that you make up your own mind.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 24, 2013 (email verified)

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MA 5-12 Graduate I would give WGU 3.5 stars out of 5. I recommend WGU mostly because of price. Many private colleges are not worth the price and other colleges will put professors part time or have graduate students teach you. WGU is a financially sound decision if you accelerate during the program. It can be a double edge sword financially if you fall behind, and take longer to finish your degree. WGU's Business and IT program has won awards from the US Distance Learning Association. The Education school has not. If you choose to study Mathematics Education at WGU there are some pros and cons. Pro or Con- You will have to teach yourself. WGU will give you a textbook to read and a Math mentor who may point you to useful resources that you will have to self learn. Con- Doesn't offer a discrete math course Con- doesn't offer educational psychology class (Needed on some state teacher tests) Con- You will write math essays that are scrutinized by an examiner meticulously and possibly repeatedly con- There are more effective online learning models than Pearson, which WGU uses. Example: Coursera and edX math classes. Con- On your course of study guide to learning math, more resources should be provided or should supplement already existing programs. Example abstract algebra is already offered online for free at Harvard. Linear algebra is offered online for free at MIT. WGU should redesign the COS so WGU students could reach the level of learning by Harvard and MIT. I still recommend WGU for the price, and its other programs. I wouldn't recommend anyone to being a math teacher as a career nowadays, too much hassle and drama.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 21, 2013 (email verified)

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Completed my MBA I just completed my MBA with WGU. The degree took me exactly 1 year to do, from start to finish. I worked hard. I came home from work every night and worked on papers and projects to get the work done. I averaged writing 75-100 pages of text per month. [Many folks write less, a few more.] The level of work is not for those who want a quick easy ride. You have to read, study and not just regurgitate information but digest and utilize. I felt like I learned a great deal. My mentor was fabulous. She called weekly and helped keep me on track. For anyone who is self motivated and really wants an education and not just and easy C that will get them a degree should consider WGU. If the school has a Masters in Health IT or Informatics I would re-enroll for that as well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 10, 2013

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No collegiality in this college I'll keep this simple: I completed the equivalent of 21 semseter hours in 6 months. I was a highly motivated learner, invested the necessary time and according to the school, I did well. But college is about more than just demonstrating "competency." It's about working with others, learning together and networking with fellow professionals. This school offers essentially zero support on the academic side, not even from a basic Teaching Assistant, and no opportunities to work together with fellow students. We spent lots of time introducing each other and then interaction was essentially banned because WGU is convinced that interaction = plagiarism. Really really bad. So on paper, I was highly successful there, but my satisfaction was somewhere between 0 and 1 on a scale of 10. Don't believe the hype.
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JMARSEG (In Progress) on March 7, 2013 (email verified)

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Great value, but not for slackers As everyone else has said WGU is not for slackers or procrastinators. I let it go for a couple of weeks and had to double my efforts to get back on schedule. This is not easy, and it's not a diploma mill. I have some accounting experience, so it has helped me complete the degree faster and with more ease. There are a lot of materials and they have a mentor for the course, but no actual teacher or lectures. One thing I have suggested is that they develop chapter key points for each chapter in the modules because in a class like CGC1, there are over 35 chapters and only one 71 question exam covering all of those chapters. The books are all online, but they are included in tuition. If you are a go-getter, do it yourself type, you can't beat the value. If you need someone to break things down into small bits for you, go somewhere else.
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Richie.smart (In Progress) on March 2, 2013 (email verified)

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WGU - BEST AMONG EQUALS! WGU is undoubtedly the leading online university in the United States. You're not pressurized but motivated to attain success. You learn at your own pace and at your own convenience. WGU competency-based approach to education is a force to reckone with and stands out in the midst of others! You don't have to learn what you already know. You simply show competency by passing the assessments and moving to the next class. The assessments are challenging and require lots of diligence and in-depth studies. More important, tuitions are affordable. Why take take up a huge college debt that could take 20 years or more to repay when you can avoid it - and still earn a degree that's recognized and accredited? I highly recommend WGU without hesitation.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 21, 2013 (email verified)

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Plan to work hard Think hard about your learning style before entering WGU. It is for independant learners only. The course work is challenging and the assessments are very long. However, I have learned a lot so far from them. I would recommend WGU to anyone who has time to dedicate and learns independantly. Expect to put in at least 20 hours weekly in order to be successful.
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Kerrysmith73 (Graduate) on February 12, 2013 (email verified)

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I highly recommend IF you're self-motivated I completed the RN-BSN program through WGU. You really need to be self-motivated and an independent learner to thrive here, but if you have those traits, it's a great program! My student mentor was wonderful - very supportive and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I finished my BSN in December, and have decided to return this summer to complete the MSN program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Not for everyone... This program is only for dedicated students who don't mind taking charge of their own learning. There are good and bad aspects to the program, but one thing I will say is that the curriculum is advanced and, if you make it through, you will be a better teacher for it. If, however, you are not yet sure if teaching is for you or if you know you prefer to learn in a group setting or want readily available access to professors, this may not be the place for you. Access to professors is limited (not that they don't want to talk to you - they do! - you just won't be actually attending classes and meeting with them regularly), many of the tasks require further investigation by the student to complete to standard and grading of tasks can take a few days. On the other hand, if you are dedicated, don't mind working mostly alone and are tech savvy, WGU is a good choice. There are scheduled meetings with mentors who are interested in your academic progress as well as helping you maintain balance in your life during your time at WGU, the cost is low and books are included in tuition, the school is regionally and nationally accredited (hard to come by online for aspiring teachers), and the curriculum is challenging. Personally, I really like WGU and am glad to be in the program. Once I finish my BA, I plan to start my MA with them as well. I would recommend the school to friends, but caution less dedicated students or those who may not flourish in an individualized setting to think twice before signing up. Online school is not for everyone, but if you are interested in an education degree and have decided against a traditional school, WGU is the place to be!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 30, 2013 (email verified)

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Not for everyone...unless you're SELF-motivated I'm still a current Prelicensure BSN student. The school will really push you to do and finish your classes, me and my classmates push each other too. The clinicals are the best since day one, the school really wanted us to be exposed. I was from a brick and mortar school which only gives us 1-2 patients and we view their information the day before clinicals but at WGU they don't allow us to do a "preview" patient viewing and wanted us to know our patients (which ranges from 4-5 patients) on the spot, they train us to be critical thinkers which is a challenge. We go with our nurse mentor (1 each student) and work with them throughout the entire shift (including overtime). Our mentors are great and they volunteered to be WGU mentors meaning they are not like other nurses who get "picked" to have a student and they will treat the student like crap. I'm glad to have switched to WGU and can't wait to graduate next year! Our clinical instructor is very nice but will challenge you. We are having one heck of a clinical experience. Self-studying are not for everyone, we do our laboratory somewhere in L.A. but the rest of the didactics are done online so students are expected to be resourceful. WGU prefer students who have healthcare background but will not discriminate if you don't. It's also cheap to be honest, compared to the rest, and we get a Bachelor's degree, not an Associate's. WGU is the only online nursing university accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Great University for Self-Motivated Learners WGU is a great school for the self-motivated students. I fully believe the majority of the complaints that are given above is simply for students who are not self-motivated or are unwilling to give full effort into their education. To go to WGU is a challenge. College is supposed to be isn't it? YOU are completely in the drivers seat. Your professors do not contact you, you contact them. Many classes do offer webinars with them once per week. so you can ask questions on the phone and see them on your computer. There are also community message boards for every class so you can ask other students and also read the professors response for the other students questions. As far as someone stating that the professors do not do much. WRONG. Most professors actually create 5 to 10 minute videos you can access at any time. They go into great detail about what each step of the assignment means, where to find good information outside of the learning resources, and more. They also have office hours to call. One quick email or phone call during office hours will give you a quick response. Yes, WGU grades each task or assignment on a rubric from 1 through 4 so you are not looking at holding a GPA or anything but you do know exactly what to expect. The mentors... one person said that the mentor got mad because you weren't answering his phone calls because you were annoyed??? Grow up, answer the phone, and tell them you are dropping out!! Don't be a child and hide from someone! My mentor is wonderful. They answer the many questions I have every week or guide me in the right direction to get my questions answered. I went to WGU in 2007/2008 and decided to take a break because of the birth of my second child, working full time, and moving from overseas back here to the states. I felt no pressure to stay from my mentor. She told me she was sad to lose me and she hoped to see my name again one day. Three years later I came back to the same mentor! If I miss her call she says "shoot me an email to let me know everything is fine and we will talk next week." I am never feeling bugged or pressured. And I stay on top of my education (because it is important to me) so I never get pressuring words from her telling me what to do. I get "keep up the good work and we will talk next week." The folks that are annoyed, again, are the ones who didn't take control of their education and put their all into it. WGU requires a lot of independent work. There are no weekly deadlines so its tough to get behind but if you are motivated, want a good education, at a good price, WGU is a great place with great accreditation and a tough curriculum that will teach you what you need. ALSO, let me name other colleges I went to prior to WGU... Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Old Dominion University, and San Diego State University. Yes, their education is prime just like the other schools I have attended.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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Not for everyone Like any other college, you'll get out of WGU what you put into it. Unlike other colleges, you won't have peer pressure, deadlines or an instructor hanging over you pushing you to deliver. If you're self-motivated and want to learn, WGU provides the materials and access to the instructors. They won't come looking for you, though. You have to seek them out when you need help. I've never had to wait more than 48 hours for a response. In most cases, a response has come within an hour. If you decide to just complete the assignments and try to blow through the courses, you'll only have yourself to blame for "not learning". On some of my MBA courses, the links and cross-references in the material have comprised literally thousands of pages of reading. You could just skip it all or do the bare minimum, but that's a personal choice. Nobody is going to hold your hand and make you do the reading. If you want to learn, though, you've got access to pretty much anything every published. When I came across something that wasn't in any of their databases, I just put in an inter-library request and had it a day or two later. That privilege alone was almost worth the price of admission. To be fair, you'd have to understand the material or actively cheat to pass the assignments. You can't just fake your way through them very easily. In fact, in a B&M, it's a lot easier to BS a teaching assistant into ammending your grade. I think that's one of the main reasons for anonymous assessors. If you're forced to just submit a revision, it avoids all of the potential arguments and debates. The comments and feedback are often sparse. But, again, you can reach out to a course mentor for help interpreting the feedback and understanding the assignment. They won't read your paper or provide direct commentary on your work. But they'll gladly tell you what's expected and where you might have gone wrong. Even with all of this, there are still those that complain that they weren't learning. Some people may legitimately have a problem learning in a self-paced environment, but WGU was brutally honest with me in my entrance interview and in the initial "Learning Without Borders" course about what to expect. They provide the resources and the competency assessments. It's up to the student to prepare themselves, do the work and seek out help when needed. Similarly, on the teams that I was a part of, there was always one person who was "phoning it in", doing the bare minimum, bouncing it off assessors and then doing as little as possible to get the assignment to pass. (and in one case, actively complaining about the number of revisions needed). If they want to piss away their investment, that's their choice. But, you're only going to grow if you push yourself to learn and do better. If you're not capable of doing that, then WGU is not for you. For those who complain that they lost financial aid, I find it very difficult to be sympathetic. The requirements for maintaining SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) are pretty minimal and far less strenuous than a B&M. I completed my program (in far less than the recommended time) while working a full time job, a part-time consulting business and maintaining my family life. Yes, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but if you were honest in your self-evaluation, you would have known what to expect and if you were capable of doing it. I wouldn't blame WGU for that. Taking a course down to the wire and getting an "incomplete" sucks, but that's also not a secret. Before the end of the term we all get "the email" telling us to get the assignments in by mid-month if we want them factored in. Also, one incomplete wouldn't blow your aid unless you were only doing the minimum number of credits to maintain it in the first place. If you have the drive and discipline to learn on your own, WGU is a virtual candy-store of resources and materials. The course material will provide what you *need* to complete the program and will point you towards additional materials if you want or need to learn more. They also provide a huge library of searchable materials include books, research papers, multimedia, courseware, etc. But they won't spoon-feed it to you. It's up to you to determine what's personally relevant and to proactively reach out to instructors if you need guidance. It's not for everybody, but for those with the willingness and ability to take responsibility for their education, it's an unparalleled opportunity. One last word of advice; If you get a student mentor that you don't connect with, ask for a switch as soon as possible. A good student mentor makes all the difference to your experience in the program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 24, 2013 (email verified)

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Competence is the key I can only speak for my experience, but I have seen enough to say with some certainty that this school is not for everyone. Those with prior experience in their field will have the best experiences. For example, someone entering an IT major with no background or prior certifications may be doomed for failure as I know some of the certifications are hard (I have some Microsoft certs myself but did not stay in the field). I can't imagine a pre-licensure nursing student doing well either. In forum posts I've read, the teaching degrees appear to be quite comprehensive, more so than traditional schools. For me, 30 years as a diploma nurse certainly makes getting a BSN much easier for me. I keep reading how there are no professors. No, not in the traditional sense, but every course has mentors who have doctorates in their field. As with every school, some instructors are better and more engaged than others. I've had both good and bad so far. And every single course has had live and recorded webinars, question and answer sessions and one on one teaching in virtual classrooms if need be. They are never too busy to help. I've never found this in a traditional school. Nor have I found schools that assign you a mentor that calls once a week! Perfect? Of course not! But if you are motivated, disciplined and can work independently, you will succeed! The key is competence.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Leadership and Management WGU is what you make of the program. If you don't like writing essays and completing assignments independently, this college will not work for you. Everyone was very helpful during my tenure with the facility. A very happy graduate!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Think twice. Then think it over again...and again...just don't do it. I agree 100% with the review, "This is a joke institution!" I've been through 3 terms with WGU in their undergrad software program and I am enrolled in term 4, having completed 61 credits. I have 5 courses to go and I am considering quitting. As Anonymous said in their review, at WGU you are on your own. My experience asking for help from course mentors has been unhelpful and greatly disappointing. They don't grade your work anyway. They simply exist to answer questions, and I find they really do nothing but refer you back to the course of study (essentially the guide to success), which is lengthy, generally a waste of time, and of little value. Hopefully they are expedient in their response. Mine were not and they were vague, like getting a canned, useless response hoping I would go away, so I resolved my own problems. Besides, the basic formula is read the entire book, and take practice tests until scoring 90%, then take an industry-recognized, challenging certification exam. Or, other courses require numerous assignments to be completed. But those are graded by contracted graders. Why are they doing this? I thought online would be what Anonymous said: online lectures, a straightforward syllabus, and more in-tune with traditional college structure. The course mentors generally hold one session that goes over the COS I mentioned earlier. There are no open weekly discussions or attempts to educate you. You are on your own, at least in my program. I see others, perhaps who are in other programs or are squeaky wheels who get some level of attention somehow, but that has not been my experience. I am disappointed. I wanted to learn. I can learn on my own and made it this far, but some subjects require more than reading 800 pages of material to prepare for an exam that WGU does not create, and that the course mentors do not grade. I would not do it again. I don't know if I can even finish. And I don't know that my credits are any good to any other university should I transfer. That is a big issue and one you really need to consider. So I either somehow teach myself something I am struggling with or hire a tutor, as some other students have suggested? What kind of university is this that does not teach? I do not recommend WGU, and I have been asked more than once about it. I tell them what it is really like and that online learning is one of the biggest shams out there today. I got my other degree the old-fashioned way and it was challenging, but nothing like this. Isolated. Unsupported. Frustrated. So run, don't walk, from WGU. The ads are misleading and unless you work tirelessly every term to earn more than the minimum, you're not likely to save that much over community or local colleges and universities. WGU is not the great solution for working adults it believes itself to be.
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Naziritevow (In Progress) on January 2, 2013 (email verified)

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It's alright iI have mixed feelings about WGU. Money-wise, it's a great value. If you have the time to speed through your courses, you can shave time and money off your degree. However, if you're like me and simply don't have the time to work ahead, don't expect to be graduating early. The courses are also hit-and-miss. Some I have found very useful, full of information and I have learned a lot. Some were frustrating not because the course material was hard, but because it was poorly explained and hard to understand. Some courses have assignments that don't seem to have much to do with the course itself. I have also seen many praise the mentor's within the school's community. However, my experience has been less than fantastic. In one course, their were 5 assignments you needed to pass in order to pass the class. I passes 4 of them (1-3, 5) my first try. The other was sent back for revisions several times with vague comments such as "this has errors". When I contacted the course mentor for help or clarification, I was simply told to review the course of study as if I had not done that already looking for the problem. When I explained I had utilized the Lee sources available to me, I simply never received a response. As to my own mentor (you get back personal mentor on top of the course mentors), I really don't see the purpose. I am required to speak with her every week. Many rimes, the conversation is only a few minutes long because it's basically the same conversation each week. She asks how I'm doing, if I need anything, and tells me to have a good week. What does this accomplish? I have people I actually know who can ask those same questions. So overall, it's ok. Some people seem to really love WGU and some seem to hate it. It has its pros and cons. If you're going to do an online school, I would suggest WGU because they're accredited and it's definitely not a degree mill. Just know you may not like all aspects of the school, and online learning isn't the best fit for everyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 30, 2012 (email verified)

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Not for high school science teachers This curriculum is almost useless to a high school science teacher. Several of the tasks are overboard or will never be used at all. The lesson plans require more time to complete than the actual lesson taught. Several small things like visual aids and pre assessments will serve no purpose in a high school setting. If you are considering getting certified, just do an alternative certification. The masters program not only doesn't help you become a better teacher, its a waste of time since you can't use it for anything else.
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Wilburnmichelle (In Progress) on December 15, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU is great for motivated learners I just submitted my final capstone project to complete my BS in Business Management with WGU. Online was the really the only option for me to continue my education and I selected WGU because it offered the opportunity for me to complete my studies faster and cheaper based on how fast I could progress through my studies. I have been very pleased with the content of the courses, the course mentors and my program mentor. I found the course resources (communities, on-line books and lectures, etc) to be very helpful. I have learned concepts that I was able to put to use in my work immediately. I do think your WGU experience, just like any other educational experience, will be what you choose to make of it. You have to work very hard and disciplined. I am very proud of my accomplishments at WGU and WGU. I would recommend WGU to any potential student who really wants to learn and is willing to work.
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Njacks4 (In Progress) on December 10, 2012 (email verified)

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I HAVE NO REGRETS I've just entered my last year for my Bachelors Degree in IT Management. I have nothing but good things to say about WGU. My counselor and the school has been very instrumental in helping me stay focused and positioning me to succeed. If I succeed, they succeed. There were many times when the challenge was just too much for me, and my counselor encouraged me to press on. My experience with this institution is nothing short of admiration and respect. I would recommend Western Governors University to everyone!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 8, 2012 (email verified)

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This is a joke institution! After I completed my BA at Indiana University, I wanted to find an MBA program that did not require the 3-5 years management experience to be accepted. WGU had just come to Indiana as a new state school, so it seemed legit. I will admit I did not research it enough, as I was too excited to start and get moving on my MBA. I did classes for about a year, then decided I wanted to graduate from a stronger MBA program, as there are many online options. Below are the main problems with WGU: 1. Structure of School - WGU thought they could reinvent the wheel in regards to the standard structure of a university. Rather than the having an advisor, and a professor who teaches your classes and grades your papers, what you get is a personal mentor who calls you every week to check up on you, a class mentor who is basically just there to answer questions in regards to the class, and a third party grader who has no involvement in the class other than grading your paper. 2. Cirriculum - I was under the impression I would be having a standard syllabus with due dates on assignments flexible enough for the working person. Also, I thought there would be SOME multimedia and recorded lectures. What I got was a final project that you need to turn in to pass the class, and a bunch of material and quizzes that you can essentially bypass. They take random chapters from a variety of books and the final project has nothing to do with what you just read. 3. Grading system - When I enrolled they told me it was pass/fail but a passing grade was a 3.0 equivalent. To me, this meant that when an employer or university asked for my transcript it would show a 3.0 average. Not so... no GPA exists at WGU. 4. Going back to the structure of the university I will dive deeper in to the problems that plague WGU; a.)Personal Mentor - When you are new to WGU, you have a lot of questions, and it is helpful to have someone on call about how it all works. However, I am a very independent person. After a few weeks when I figured everything out, the calls got old quick. The mentor went from helping mode to essentially becoming my academic boss. They check up on you in a scheduled call each week, and start getting on your butt about getting the class finished. What I found out soon after is that mentors are paid commission for students they retain. If you fall behind or drop out they are denied commission. So they start panicking if you aren't up to par. Toward the end of my second session I seriously lost all motivation because I realized the program was both flawed and a sham. I just started ignoring the calls from my mentor, and he soon informed me it was required and I could be kicked out of WGU for failing to talk to him. Let's just say the mentor is an annoying pain in your side after the first month or so. b.) Class mentor - These were likely the most helpful people at WGU, as they actually understood the coursework. Unfortunately their help is of little good, as what they want does not coincide with what the third party grader is looking for. I even had multiple class mentors admit that while they prefer it a certain way, to simply stick to the ruberic you are given for the class in order to pass, which brings me to the next section; c.) Ruberic and third party grading - Unlike most professors who use a ruberic to a certain point but still have an understanding of the material you are writing, your paper gets submitted, then either approved or denied by a third party. Example, I finish a project for a class, submit a paper or project, then submit in their database. 5-7 days later I recieve a message saying that I did not pass, and must make revisions. Then you get a scale of 1-5 in each category, you must have a 4-5/5 in every category to pass. While the ruberic is acceptable, there are times at Indiana where the professor did not understand what I was getting at. When I talked to them and explained the situation, they accepted it or gave me feedback on what I did wrong. You get none of this at WGU, just accepted/rejected and numbers. You can have a different person grade your paper each time you submit. For example, I submitted an e-commerce project which required 10 links on the webpage. I have over 10... closer to 15 links. The grader just thought the links were blue underlined font and told me I only had 2 links. This would easily be resolved but there was no communication with them. I think they have updated this so the student can actually send a message back to the grader, but it is still third party grading... they literally outsource it to a company. To me this is unacceptable and I don't even know how these guys are accredited. I started the program in 2/2011, and left 11/2011. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I am now looking at an online MS from a decent program so that I can eventually get into a top tier AACSB accredited school, hopefully IU Kelley School of Business. Save yourself some time and money, don't go to WGU. When I read good reviews for this school it blows me away. I literally learned NOTHING over the course of a year in this MBA that I did not know from IU. I am paying for an education not a degree mill.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Very concerned about the overall lack of solid information I had a Live Chat with one of WGU's advisers regarding the Information Security/Assurance program. I asked specifically who the faculty were for this program and their credentials. I was told that each course has "graders" who are responsible for evaluating each student's competencies. I asked who the graders were and what their credentials were. I was told that the information I requested was not available but that each grader has a minimum of a masters degree. I realize that "graders" come and go as do professors but I am amazed that WGU cannot provide a list of the people who are staffing this program and their credentials. The information I received was far too vague. I know WGU is regionally and nationally accredited but I am very concerned about the lack of substantive information about the people behind this program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 4, 2012 (email verified)

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B.S. in Business Mgmt - on my way! I have been attending WGU for almost 18 months. I would not have been able to afford to go back to school or able to attend classes the "traditional" way. I had 17 credit hours transfer - that wasn't as many as I'd have liked, but then I didn't take the types of classes that WOULD transfer. I have completed 42 credits as of today. The school is affordable, they assign you a mentor (motivator!) and you have mentors and teachers available for each course. You work at your own pace to learn. This school does NOT want you to fail. It isn't easy, but it is convenient and empowering. You must be the type of person who wants to succeed. I don't mean the kind of person who's been successful at dieting or rising to the top at work; I mean the person who says, "I've wanted my degree and now that it's attainable, I'm getting it..." that's all. Then, in the evenings, instead of reading for pleasure or watching TV, you're studying. I assure you, if I can do this, you can do it, too.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 25, 2012 (email verified)

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Prepare to be your own advocate This program can be good, my rating is only so low because of the categories they are evaluating. They tell you there system works with Apple, but after they have your money they let you know you can take your tests on your apple. The graders for the papers are not top quality but most schools have TA's doing the grading so it's probably a wash. The biggest thing is the 'mentor' program they use is broken. The mentors are very detached from the school and really don't know what they are doing or what it takes to get through your class. If you want to succeed at WGU you need to have time to invest both in the studies and as your own advocate on the phone with them making sure your treated fair.
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Hicksor (In Progress) on November 2, 2012 (email verified)

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stealthtt385 If you are determined and good at working on your own this is the place for you. I've never asked for help, so I don't know how well that aspect of the school is. Objective assessments are pretty easy to pass. Performance assessments are harder but fair. I recommend this school for anyone that does not need a teacher to hold their hand.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Do It I am a graduate with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from WGU both in Information Technology Security. I have previous degrees from traditional brick and mortar schools as well. WGU is not for those who need someone to hold their hand... there are no teachers, only course mentors. It is up to you to put forth the effort to learn and if you run into problems, then you rely on the mentors (Who by the way are adequately available and always willing to help). The post that stated "you just pass the test and move on" is simply misleading. Many of the IT classes that I have taken do in fact require you to only pass one exam to finish the class. However, the exam is a proctored exam that is an industry recognized certification exam administered at an independent testing center (Prometric/Pearson Vue). For example, to complete my networking requirements for the BS degree, I had to pass the Cisco CCNA exam. This is not an easy exam to pass even for people who work on Cisco equipment on a daily basis. Someone with no knowledge of the technology should plan on at least 6 months of preparation before even attempting the exam. So don't think passing one exam to pass the class is as easy as it sounds, I can assure you that it is not. I had over 15 years of experience in IT networking so I think it is great that I could take an exam and prove my skills. Should I be required to sit through and entire Intro to Networking class just because it's in the degree plan? Think of taking the exam and moving on as more of a CLEP exam and you are gaining college credit for what you already know. I earned two degrees and 15 professional certifications along the way. WGU is an excellent school, challenging, and a quality education but you had better be willing to put forth the effort. I had a lot of experience in my field before starting these programs so I flew through the material at a pretty quick pace. I finished both my BS and MS in 4 WGU 6 month terms (24 months total) and at a cost of about $12K. The average cost of only the 4 year degree at a traditional U now runs about 200K if you live on campus. You can't beat that with a stick. For those of you that doubt... see below. Michael BS - Information Technology Security MS - Information Technology Security & Assurance CCNA, CCNA Security, MCSA, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Project+, CIW Database Specialist, CIW JavaScript Specialist, and ISO 27000 Specialist.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 22, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Experience Working on my Masters in Nursing, it has been a great experience. The work is as tough as any universtiy, you do have to be a person who can stay focused and set time limits on when things are due. This helps you stay focused and move from one class to another. My mentor calls on a weekly to bi weekly basis and is available in between if needed. Course mentors are knowlegeable and helpful and again, respond quickly either by phone or email. This school has given me an opportunity I would have never been able to do elsewhere at 48 years old. Thank you WGU! Should be done in January 0f 2012..capstone time
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Arnellwest (Graduate) on October 20, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU is the Best ONLINE college, but it is till only OK. What are you really looking for in a Degree? Well this is my experience wit WGU. My program was BS Business Management. It took me 4 years because I live such a busy, with kids and work and whatever else. I'm going to give you my honest opinion. Keep in mind, I have been to a traditional college. I completed an AA degree at at traditional college. If you are ready to do a lot of learning on your own, then WGU is for you. Yes you will learn from this college, but most of it is self teaching. There is no professors to help you, teach you, etc. Many post on here will say, "there is no one there to hold your hand through the program." C-mon, get real. That is not what College Professors do. College Professors TEACH you the material and give very informative lectures. With WGU, it is more like reading a book and giving the book report. The negative part about that, is are you actually learning anything. More than half of the computer exam questions come from the practice exams. And most of the computer exams can be passed with just a 60% or higher. Some courses I have passed only required a % somewhere in the 50% rage. So your telling me that, you can pass a course by only knowing 50-60% of the material. Well that was me ranting on WGU. Now I have some positive things to say. It is accredited, Thank goodness. It is affordable. And it is done on your own time. You can span your degree out for a few years like I had to do, or you complete an entire program in as little as one term (6 Months). The work is challenging, so you may actually learn a few things. You definitely learn how to discipline yourself. One thing I am proud of is that I can honestly say, "If I don't know the answer, I will find the answer." Haha, that is what I mean. You pretty much have to teach yourself, so if you want that Degree, you WILL find the answer. I think that statement is consistent with other reviews here. I will say that I believe Mentors are pretty much useless. They call every week to make sure you are doing your work. Almost like someone holding your hand through your program haha. Well, I did get an e-mail from my Mentor saying that If I did not connect with her Next week, then there would be some kind of disciplinary action. Not a direct quote, I just don't remember what she said would happen. It is policy that you connect with your Mentor every week. I didn't like talking with my Mentor, it was pointless and I felt she was rude. O' and my Mentor changed mid program. Once I was comfortable with one, it switched. Well, I did call one of my State University's and asked if they accepted my WGU degree for transfer credits and I got a big YES. (Hell Ya) I still may go back to WGU for my Masters. Only because it's damn cheap. Hell of a lot cheaper than any traditional college. And still accredited just a much. Good luck!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 17, 2012

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WGU is a great way to earn BSN I have been an RN for 18 years and needed to earn my BSN for career advancement. My goal was to do it as quickly as possible and as cheaply as possible. I will have completed 34 CU's (equivalent to credit hours) in 7 months. I have worked, worked, and worked to complete at this pace. However, it has been from the comfort of my own home and around my busy schedule. I have enjoyed working at my own pace and have learned much more than I anticipated. It is self-paced and requires independent learning so if you require a lot of input from teachers, this is not your school. Also, transferring credits may be a problem. And, one must consider that the highest GPA you can have is 3.0 - it's pass or fail so it won't work for everyone. Have had no problems at all with the graders. Depending upon your needs this is a great school. It's been perfect for me!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Something I was always looking for This is certainly a good place to do your self-paced MBA and yet receive degree with standard accreditations. I was initially skeptic about these online degrees but later, I learn't that the degree from WGU is nothing less than a regular school degree. The program is very well designed with competencies clearly described. The best part is that most competencies have simu learn from skillsoft which is a very valuable learning for anyone. I know couple of my friends doing their MBA from George Washington University and they too like the simu learn tool that is used at WGU. All in all, I must say this is one of the best online university at the most affordable cost and yet get teh degree which is accredited anywhere in the nation.
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Mcintoshreed2 (Graduate) on October 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Second to none I have just completed my B.S. in IT-Network Design and Maintenance Degree at W.G.U. I feel that I have received a degree that is second to none in the field of Information Technology. I do not want to use this forum to complain about something that I started and did not complete but to celebrate my accomplishment of finishing a very rigorous program. This university is a great deal. I AM W.G.U.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Don't do it! Poor university; no teacher interaction and real learning; everything based on passing the exam to move onto the next course.
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Dnoska (In Progress) on September 26, 2012 (email verified)

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Tough, but effective I'm floored by all the severely negative reviews. WGU isn't perfect, and it definitely isn't for everyone. I'm in my second term and couldn't be happier. Rather than spend time reviewing material I've already learned in other classes or that I've gained from a decade+ of management experience, I can spend time on what I DON'T know. Yes, it's a novel concept. ^_^ True, the student mentors aren't founts of all knowledge, but that's not their role in the school anyway. They are primarily charged with being motivators, and mine is very good at it, despite my tendency to procrastinate. Course mentors, while not as readily available as in a brick/mortar school, offer webinars and other activities in support of the text and projects. I've never had a problem with Taskstream graders, or the Turnitin process, other than impatience about getting the scores back. I really like the way that the texts can be annotated and highlighted for review purposes, and some of the e-publishers have their titles available for reading on Android or iOS platform apps. It's very handy to just carry around an iPad and ready wherever instead of being tied to the desk. WGU is best for working adults or full-time parents who need to schedule school around jobs or feeding/nap schedules. I'm glad I took a chance and enrolled at WGU (now at WGU-Texas)!
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Tnh1988 (In Progress) on September 26, 2012

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B.A. in Special Education I have had a wonderful experience with WGU. I have learned more and liked that I could work at my own pace. The only thing I do not feel was specified clearly is the dual licensure. This is not just a special education degree. It is Regular Education K-6/Special Education/k-12. I will graduate in December and will consider furthering my education with WGU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 26, 2012 (email verified)

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A great school based on competency I have tried a couple of other online universities without success, where the school required you to for example write a blog posting every week, and comment on three other student blog posts, and the instructional material was not the greatest. WGU leverages industry certifications and community forums, but after the first class, you're not posting every week, you only need to speak with your student mentor. I like this and it's been working great for me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 26, 2012

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WGU-The future of education! I will graduate in December 2012 with a dual degree in Special Education k-12 and Elementary Education. I love the competency based program; I was able to move through some courses more quickly and spend extra time in courses that were more difficult for ME. I set the pace based on my own ability and that worked for me! WGU is the absolute best value in higher education; a flat rate per term that allows you to earn as many credits as you are able.....yes, please. :)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 26, 2012 (email verified)

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Great school for anyone! This is a great fit for many different people. It allows you to work at your own pace, and for a great price. For a working adult, this seems like the smartest choice. I am able to work and go to work at the same time, and it makes my life much easier.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 26, 2012

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WGU Review Pro: Certifications are built into the program Con: Business IT courses are outdated.
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Fantum4u (In Progress) on September 9, 2012 (email verified)

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Current Student I am a current student of WGU and about half way through my MBA program. So far I am really enjoying this program and the school. The work can be challenging but there is a lot of support. The mentor calls weekly to check in and see If I need anything. When I have a question that she cannot address she reaches out to the course mentor, and I will generally get a response with in the hour. That said, I can call or email the course mentor myself. The turn around time on that is about 2 hours. As to the person who wrote a review about the term ending and he did not have his work done. Getting the work done is the responsibility of the student. The online interface has a ticker in the corner that lets you know how much time is left in your term and if you are on track to finish your classes that you need to complete before your term ends. And if that is not enough the mentor calls once per week and they give updates on your time deadlines.
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Lamash86 (In Progress) on September 6, 2012 (email verified)

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I love WGU's marketing program! I am a few weeks from graduation and i just wanted to sing out praises for WGU! I have had the most wonderful experience with WGU! My mentors have been amazing and supportive throughout my degree. They are so very helpful. They consistently went above and beyond to insure i received the aid, resources, and tutoring i needed to make it through. The school is NOT EASY and does require that you put in some time and effort, but its all well worth it. I had an associates in marketing when i started, october 1st 2011, and will be completing my bachelors october 1st 2012! I was able to complete all this while working over 40 hours a week, with an insane work schedule. I tell everyone about WGU! its perfect for working professionals who want to continue their education (or anyone else). You also get the most bang for your buck out of this school! you really cant beat the cost of their tuition. I really just cant express enough how happy i am with WGU! its been one of the best decisions i have ever made!
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Bsewar1 (In Progress) on August 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School, but HARD WORK WGU is a great school. One thing needs to be clear before anyone tries to enroll, THIS IS NOT A DEGREE MILL. The work is not easy and you can't just breeze through it unless you have previous experience in the field you're going into. You HAVE TO BE extremely committed to earning your degree. The instructions for papers that you have to write are not very helpful. You are required to do some deeper thinking. The answers to questions are not written in black and white. Really, that's a good thing. It ensures you aren't just cheating your way through the program. The exams that are multiple choice are proctored either at an approved testing site or through the Kryterian web cam proctoring site (they provide web cam). The tests are difficult. Good news is, if there isn't a testing site in your town, you can request that one be approved. I had a local branch of my previous university approved. Another thing that should be noted is that WGU doesn't just accept anybody. It is ranked as having the 3rd lowest acceptance rate out of all online college. You either have to have transferred credits or prior work experience in your area. It is necessary for you to have this because it is a stressful program. Good news is, they take credits from a lot of schools. I had 18 credits transferred in from a brick-and-mortar university that I previously attended. Just know that YOU have to be a good student with a good work ethic and a true independent worker to be successful at this school. If you can't handle the stress you should consider a different school
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Jscantl (In Progress) on August 26, 2012 (email verified)

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Challenging. A great program for working professionals Just waiting for my final Capstone project to be graded for my MBA in Strategy and Management. It's taken me about 20 months, many do it faster, but I work full time and am a single Mom of a 4th grader. Attending a brick and mortar school was just not an option for me. I completed my B.A. in an online program from a brick and mortar university so I was familiar with online learning. That being said, WGU is unique in their format. The performance based competency approach at WGU has exacting standards. Proficient writing skills are a must as is the ability to think strategically and translate quantitative analysis into business decisions on paper. This program is for those with a high level of self-directed learning and time management skills. The support of mentors is greatbut there is very little hand-holding. For those that rate WGU poorly, I feel they must not be putting in much effort or are expecting something different out of an online university. There is interaction with other students via forums and in several courses where you work as a team to run a simulated company (conference calls, web cam, etc) I am very satisfied with the educational experience and I'm not $30k+ in debt from attending a brick and mortar school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 9, 2012 (email verified)

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Best of 4 brick and mortar I have attended! I have attended four brick and mortar colleges/universities and I can say this school has the best support system of them all. In my experience, as of the middle of my second term, I have had the best experience with my education, hands down. The structure of the school is driven by me, meaning, the more I want to succeed, the more I can. And I have. So far, as of month nine, I have completed 32 CUs. I am a single parent of a three year old, who works 32+ hours per week. I have a friend who is in an elementary program at a local university and she constantly complains about how her instructors are very "bland" and not interested in her success. She has failed three classes in the past year, in her words, "because they have a very cold approach to the curriculum. " I have passed every class that I have attempted, with exceptional support both from my student mentor (like a student advisor), and the course mentors (instructors). There is nothing about this school that is wrong, the simplicity of making my own schedule is the best. I admit, I have dragged my feet on two courses, but between my student mentor, and the course mentors, I succeeded. With a much better understanding of the material. This University delivers what it promises: an education. For those who think they can just come in and "ace classes", you are wrong. Unless you have a previous background, you will have to follow the courses. Every student has to pass the same standards, regardless if they have previous knowledge, or have gone the the class as it is laid out. Bottom line, not a diploma mill, but the Teacher's College is an accredited institution who deserves more respect. I recommend WGU to anyone and everyone who wants a "real" degree.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Undergrad Degree Got Me Into a ranked EMBA Program I completed my undergrad at WGU and have started a nationally ranked EMBA program. In my class of 58 there is a lawyer, a practicing medical doctor at a nearby research university, a couple of PHDs, and several other graduate degrees.. about 28 in total. That tells me the program I am in is valued and my undergrad from WGU helped me get there. I recommend WGU for those that are able to work independently.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Be careful - not really self-paced!!! I just finished my first term. I got all my papers turned in by the end of the term but I had one that they graded and returned to me for revisions after the term ended. They put a not passed on my transcript and informed the VA that I did not go full time but half time. WGU changed the entire term to half time, even though I went full time the entire term. So just a warning to be careful. They advertise as "independent of time and place" (see their main page) but you are still in terms and you still have deadlines. I am a single mom with 4 kids, full time job in which I drive an hour and 40 minutes ONE WAY to and back every day. I kind of feel like they have cheated me and yes I am bitter about it. The VA has not taken the 4200 dollars back yet and I have written them with a statement plus all evidence that I turned all my assignments in on time. Hope they have mercy on me. Besides this, I still love WGU. My mentor, course mentors and all support staff have always been there for me. I know they are following their policy so that is why I wanted to post this to let everyone know that it is not really "self-paced." I didn't have to take this course over btw, the credits were added to my next term. But still, 4200 dollars from me and my family because they returned a paper to me 2 days AFTER the term ended and said I needed to revise it....
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 16, 2012

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My Experience at WGU This school is very much based on self learning. You are told this from the beginning. There are mentors to help but they are mentors not teachers. I had a rough start with WGU with processing all my papers on time but since then my experience has been pretty good. I do from time to time have an issue with TaskSteam (paper grading system). The graders do not actually read the paper, looking for key words only. My mentor is great, she realized very early on that calling me every week was not helping anyone and was able to change me to once a month calls, just to have them on file. The school is accepted for most jobs, I wouldn't try becoming a CEO of Forbes with a WGU degree but works for pretty much the rest of us. Most issue that people are having with WGU seem to be lack of reading on their part.WGU states many things that people have issues with things like this is SELF LEARNING, mentors are not teachers, and other polices.
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Jdgranneman (In Progress) on July 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Choice!!! WGU is for the highly motivated person who does not shrink at hard work. I graduated from a brick and mortar accelerated degree program for my Bachelors in Accounting, and this is arguably as, if not more difficult. The most beneficial aspect of this program is that it will hone your ability to research and report a subject. It requires you to think for yourself to come up with workable solutions to real world business problems. This MBA will give you actual skills and knowledge, in which one can immediately apply. I cannot say how this program compares to others as I have not attended. What I can say is that, insofar as the actual skills and knowledge it provides, along with the very reasonable cost, is that I would recommend this program highly to the already established working person
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Asbelcorp (In Progress) on July 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Great online program I am more than half way through with the MBA in Healthcare Management and overall it has been outstanding. There are some issues, but with the low price, I'm not sure what you should expect. I had to buy almost all my books because the online books were very impractical to use. They should provide a tuition option with a package book deal for the program for those of us that need something we can highlight and write notes on. The mentoring is good, and the tasks are interesting and well thought out. Overall, I don't think there is a better value out there for your MBA.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Don't Attend This School! I've been attending WGU for awhile now. As one reviewer said..WGU is fine in the beginning when you're busy learning your way around...I'm near the end of my program and have no choice but to finish at this point...The mentors are useless but are good at calling you each week to ask about your progress. Trying to get help on a conference call with several other students is a joke. I honestly feel that I've gained nothing from this self-taught experience...but oh well,, I'll have an MBA
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Kjweaver2 (Graduate) on July 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Great school for the independent worker I needed an online school because of where I live and my family demands. The nearest university is over an hour away and my daughter is in elementary school. I thought about different schools and after researching I decided on WGU. WGU is great, if you are able to work on your own. It gives you the keys and you have to get through the door. You have to be self-driven in order to finish your degree here. The mentors do what they can, but you can just not pick up the phone when they call. I really enjoyed my time at WGU and just wish they had doctoral programs there.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 3, 2012 (email verified)

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BEST CHOICE MADE TO OBTAIN MY MBA!!!! My experience with WGU has been great so far. I have been a student at WGU for approximately 6 months and it's been challenging yet rewarding. As other posters stated, "It's not for those who are lazy and depend on face to face professor teaching. The negative remarks about WGU comes from those who have been kicked out due to not passing the assessments, those who can't be independent learners, and those who never went to WGU. Take it from someone who have experienced brick and mortar schools and a for-profit school; WGU is the best school for self-paced independent learners and individuals who want to obtain a less expensive regionally accredited degree. I believe in direction, but when you have learning materials there to study, there's no need for a professor to beat the lesson in your head. Like one poster stated, when you do research for your job, do you expect your boss to hold your hand and guide you through the entire project? NO! You research on your own (WGU assessments) and turn it in to your boss for review (Taskstream). That's the kind of student WGU wants a student who can do their research independently. If this is you, WGU is a perfect fit.
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Nfultz (Graduate) on June 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School I graduated from WGU in late 2011. It was a great experience. Sure there were places that were hard and I had to really buckle down, but the course work was top-notch. Through the knowledge I gained during my program I was able to achieve some significant results at work. This led to a very nice promotion. WGU has opened knew opportunities for me. I'm now working on my MBA. The best part is how affordable and flexible it is. I definitely would recommend this school!! P.S. I used Federal financial aid throughout my program and never had a problem.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 22, 2012

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MBA Student just finishing the final Capstone Project This is an excellent program for the self-motivated student. You must want to work, want to finish, want to progress. The materials are abundant and included in the cost per semester. You can work at your own pace, at 3 in the morning, at 3 in the afternoon or any other time. The blog sites (communities) allow you to interact as much as you want/need to. The mentors are there to help and always responsive. I have learned more in this program that I thought I would. A well-rounded curriculum with just enough challenge to make you think and dig. A really good school. This is the future of advanced degrees!
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Fantum4u (In Progress) on June 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Current MBA Student I am currently in my 4th MBA class, and so far I am quite happy. My course mentor contacts me on a weekly basis and supports me by answering any questions that I have. For the MBA program all books are included with the program, so there is no additional books to buy. My only criticism here is that I have to link into a few different areas for my books, but on the plus side the links are right in my Course of Study. I do not have to search for them. I put the teachers at a 9, because I really have not had to interact with them. They create webinars and written presentations that can be viewed. I have found them to clear so far, so have not had to call them. I know of other students who said they called the course mentors, and got a reply back with in an hour or two. The value is great. I will be able to get a degree online from a fully accredited school for $6,000 a year, while working at my own pace from my computer room. Great Stuff!!
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Kevincastle (In Progress) on June 15, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU RN to BSN is an outstanding program!!! I am in the RN to BSN program at WGU. I have only one more paper to do and I am finished. It has only taken me 6 months to complete the RN to BSN program. The mentors and scool faculty are the greatest. I have gotten any of my questions answered within an hour of asking the question. I highly recommend this program!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 14, 2012 (email verified)

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BA in 30 months including 5 month student teaching Do not take this if you are fresh out of High School. If you are an adult who wants to power through a degree in an area you already have knowledge in then absolutely do it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 12, 2012

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Defintately NOT Easy But an Amazing Adventure! I am currently one term away from completing my B.A. In the other reviews I've read people were saying WGU doesn't help find placement for PCE & DT & that schools would rather students from nearby colleges. I did not have this problem. I gave field placement a list of several schools in my area & they placed me at a school within walking distance of my home. The staff at the elementary school is thrilled to have an online student. The course work for this program is not for the weak, lazy, or students who are looking to get an easy degree. It is a very time consuming, and tedious, yet rewarding process. It is the most challenging thing I've ever done in my life!!! But the nerd in me has to say that overall, I've enjoyed this adventure and will miss learning at WGU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 2, 2012

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Follow-up Review I originally left a review when the degree was in progress. I have now completed the program and have acquired a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design. Not only did I learn a great deal in this program, but the degree is recognized by my state's Education professional Standards Board and certifies me for a rank change as a teacher and qualifies me for a substantial pay raise! The program was rigorous, but well worth the effort. I highly recommend this WGU program to the self-motivated learner.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Best Decision I Ever Made!!! I am in my third term at WGU, and I could not be happier with the school. I do poorly when I am in classrooms, but excel when I go at my own pace and if its online. I have noticed that the people who have posted poor reviews have no business going to an online school and need to go back to the verbal lecture classes or were just wanted to be babysat. My mentor is amazing and when I lack, he makes sure to get me back on track and tells me exactly what I need to do next. The school is fully accredited (most of the states I want to teach in will accept my bachelors when I finish), affordable, and works around me as I work full-time. Unlike the University of Phoenix, it is non-profit, and I believe schools that are for-profit are just scams and diploma bills. If you are looking to going online and have a full time job, go this route! I love this school and I wish I had made the decision years ago to go back.
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Fallonsmom1 (Graduate) on May 22, 2012

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Know your facts Please get your facts striaght WGU has 6 month terms - not about three month terms. Paper and assignments are graded using a matrix and yes a human grades them. You may experience a differece between one class and another. I was furstrated sometimes as well. But one thing to remember know what the assignment asks for and question the course mentor. This way there is no confusion. WGU is great, helpful and best of all you can complete it on your own schedule.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 14, 2012

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Disappointed When I attended there was not an ECE program. I was told by my mentor that if I did my student teaching in a classroom of K-3, I would be qualified in ECE as well as ELE ED. I did. My degree reads Pre-K- 6th grade. Upon trying to qualify for a bonus at a new position HR asked for clarification of Pre-K. I was sent a letter stating that that I completed a Ele Ed B.A. but nothing in ECE. Not only did I lose a $2500.00 bonus, I am being reviewed for writing a false resume with the possibility of losing this position.
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Sharkictc (Graduate) on May 10, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Program WGU has an excellent Post Bacc Teaching Cert program for Social Studies. I had completed my BA years prior the traditional way. It took a bit to get used to the self paced, non graded structure at WGU. Once I overcame those initial obstacles, my studies at WGU went smoothly. You are assigned a mentor to help you every step of the way. WGU also has a great online community. You can talk and discuss assignments with people who are going through the same course as you are at the same time. The program requires commitment and a focus. I ended up writing alot of papers. I was able to use everything I learned during my 12 week student teaching portion. WGU was very supportive and even found me a host teacher. I recommend looking into WGU if a self paced independent study is for you.
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Henkle3434 (In Progress) on May 8, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU is Amazing The first thing I want to point out is that WGU is not for everyone. You have to be a self-starter, and you have to want to push yourself. Competency based units is an amazing concept. I take a pre-assessment and once I pass that I get to take my final for the objective exams. If you treat this school as a full-time job which some students do, you have the opportunity to go from no credits to your BA is around a year and a half. The other awesome thing about WGU is that you pay per semester, if I can pass 15 classes in one term, there is no additional cost. For people who don't understand the mentor program, I have one mentor who calls me every Thursday to check on my progress and help push me to reach my goals. You also have a course mentor for every class, if you get stuck you let the course mentor know, and they respond very quickly to your request. I can tell you that in my first three months at WGU, I have racked up 35 credits, and that is working 8-10 hours a day studying. I find it nice that you can test from your home for most finals, obviously through webcam proxy. The classes that have performance-based testing, you hand in the assignment, and a grader will not only grade your paper, they will tell you what is missing if anything is missing from the assignment. This is nice because most of my papers if they get sent back needing revisions, I know what I need to fix and quickly make the adjustments and send the assignment right back into be graded again. The cost of your education will be far less than other universities, and you will be able to accelerate if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort. This school was the best decision that I have ever made, and I encourage anyone who is looking at colleges to give WGU a shot.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Western Governors University: B of Arts-Early Childhood Education I find WGU to be an exceptional online university. I am surprised by people's reviews that say there is little or lagging responses by teachers and mentors. I have had the opposite experience. When I have a question not only do I get a response but I usually get a response within the hour or sooner and the answer to my question is answered to the fullest extent (I have taken about 20 classes at WGU). I also see people are frustrated with the way TaskStream grades-the evaluators at TaskStream have a minimum of a Master's degree according to my mentor. Their standards are high, WGU standards are high that is why the school itself has so many agencies they are accredited through. If you are looking for a diploma mill this is not the place for you--it's actually pretty tough work. I got my associates degree through a state college that ranks in the top 200 in our country and I find WGU's work to be far tougher and far more informative than my previous college. I am thoroughly pleased with my experience...this school is not for those looking to be lazy or to get an easy degree--its for those who have the ability to work hard and be self disciplined. WGU absolutely gives you the skills to be successful in the career path you chose!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2012

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Couldn't be happier(unless they were more mac friendly) I am finishing up my first class at WGU and I absolutely love it. My enrollment counselor was very helpful and friendly. The financial aide process is simple and hassle free. My student mentor is encouraging and speaking with her weekly definitely helps me to make and keep my educational goals. I am working faster than the recommended time for my class and I am really pleased that if I keep up this pace I can take an extra class this semester at NO extra cost! The only negative would be that some of the online resources that are provided are not compatible with my new Apple computer. But, that being said, there are plenty of resources for me to utilize even without the ones that don't work. I would definitely recommend WGU for someone pursuing an online degree. This is not a school for procrastinators though. There are absolutely no deadlines or schedules except for get 12 units done in 6 months. If you work better with someone else setting your pace, stick with a traditional college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2012 (email verified)

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Current Student enjoying the program As another reviewer said, "you have to be a good student to make this a good program." This is very true, if you're lazy or don't commit the time to the coursework you will not learn much and probably not pass. The mentors do an excellent job of checking in and motivating, but in the end it's up to the student whether or not they want to succeed. The material is well thought out, the course-load is appropriate for an online degree. They're doing an excellent job so far.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 26, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU IS INCOMPETENT and Lacks Customer Service of any kind A math course mentor actually replied to an email of mine saying "sorry, we have thousands of students, so I can't be held responsible for making mistakes." There is no such thing as customer service and no communication between departments, no responsibility taken for any of their staff's actions, but they'll bill you on time! I would Not recommend this university. They do NOT care about the students, only care about collecting their money from you. The incompetence is overwhelming and I totally agree about the grading process - it is a JOKE! I've gotten papers back saying you need to include such and such, or this doesn't meet requirements, so I'll highlight everything in my paper without one revision and will point out that it is all there, and they totally change the grade to what it should have been to begin with. What an incredible waste of time! If you take an exam at a testing site BEWARE! The program allows you to mark items for review, BUT you can NOT go back to those items at the end of the test! This fouled up software made me fail a test just because I couldn't go back and I only missed passing by TWO questions. I had to retake the entire test again !
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Staciele (In Progress) on April 18, 2012 (email verified)

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LOVE WGU I absolutely love WGU! The course material is now online and included in tuition which eliminates the need for a printed textbook. When I first began my program, taskstream grading was a headache. But they have improved tremendously. I only ask for help when I need it and I always get a response within 24-48 hours. Sometimes the site is down for maintenance but I've only experienced the site having technical difficulties once. I love my mentor! Mentors are there to keep you on track and hold you accountable for what YOU say that you are going to accomplish. The advice I would give anyone is- This is not for everyone! You have to be self-motivated! I know this sounds a little cliche' but it's true. The good news is that you are not alone. There are plenty of resources available. WGU assisted me with counseling services so that I could get myself in order when I was going through personal issues. They even paid for 10 sessions. I think it is now 4 sessions that they will cover. They also have a ton of other resources that are worth more than you even pay for tuition. I am happy to be graduating this month and will be attending commencement exercises Nov. 10th in Austin, TX! If you are self-directed and motivated and can handle constructive criticism from graders (which helps you) I say GO FOR IT. I have 6 kids and live on a limited income so I look forward to entering this challenging workforce with the competencies needed to surpass expectations from employers!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 17, 2012

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Average Online University With Misleading Guidance WGU provides adequate support and technology resources for each student. With online study guides, community forums, and resources you are typically able to find help whenever you need it. Additionally, Financial Aid has frequently been available and quick to respond when I've had questions. I really have enjoyed the experience of having a personal mentor that checks in weekly. I've had two mentors during my education career at WGU, both which have been kind, respectful, and like "personal cheerleaders" for me. However, my second mentor has given me the impression over the past term that there is lack of communication and shared information between mentors and the program developers. I was misguided through a program change which neither I nor my mentor are willing to accept responsibility for. My degree plan was audited and I was advised to pursue a new program change that would make me exempt from taking an exam and to focus on completing all my other course work and let this specific course fall off at the end of my term (since it wouldn't be in the new program). However, at the beginning of my current term a similar course in the same subject appeared on my degree plan. I questioned it and after several months my mentor told me that the course would have to be taken. I was disappointed that my plan was audited and I was given the wrong information about the program change despite my constant requests to make sure this information was correct. This course now appears as a "fail" on my transcript and did not "fall off at the end of the term" as I was originally told it would. I have left this situation feeling a huge lack of trust in my mentor and regret that I have lost a great amount of respect for this program and school. Although I was cautious in my choice, there is potential to be mislead into costly and confusing situations like this. If I had known this would happen I would have taken the exam, and possibly not even changed programs. I took a leap of faith and trusted my mentor, not knowing that this employee was not completely informed and either received false information from others or did not thoroughly evaluate my program. Who hurts in the end? I do, and I'm not too willing to forgive as there is too much disappointment and disgust about taking responsibility for the university's mistake. Overall, my mentors have been very supportive and wonderful to work with. However, at the end of the day lack of communication and trust due to this situation has encouraged me to leave the school and I have since discontinued recommending other future teachers to this institution. If you're excited about this school, I encourage you to ask lots of questions, get information in writing (I have a letter now from my mentor explaining the mistakes and the false fail information on my transcript), and be smart about any changes to your program that might come up. Remember, these people work for you and you're paying for your education, both financially and with your time, so make sure to interview your mentor and the school greatly before signing on. Good luck in your search.
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Smithportrait (Graduate) on April 9, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU is GREAT I just completed my masters in nursing with WGU. This was after completing my bachelors in nursing with them as well. Never had a problem. The issues with financial aid were simple questions that I had and needed clarification on. They were extremely helpful. My mentor was great and whenever I had an issue with grades not coming quickly or with papers being graded too hard, she took care of everything for me. I love this school. I believe the education I have recieved is second to none.
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Kelchristim1 (Graduate) on April 8, 2012 (email verified)

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Loved the program! I completed my RN to BSN in 4 months while working full time. It was tough, and I spent every waking moment driven to succeed. I appreciated the feedback from taskstream, and toward the end, was passing every paper on the first attempt. My mentor was terrific, and I cannot thank her enough for the continued motivation. Thank you, WGU! See you in a couple of months for my MSN! By the way, I just accepted a MUCH higher paying job!!!!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 1, 2012 (email verified)

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To Succeed YOU have to be a good student. This program is very doable and understandable IF you are a good student. What do I mean by "a good student?" I mean all of the following: 1. You schedule time to do your studies and work and you stick to your schedule. 2. You attend any and all help sessions and review sessions (online). 3. You are diligent about checking your own work. You can catch your own mistakes before submitting assignments (called "tasks" here at WGU). 4. You follow directions carefully. 5. You are willing to engage your classmates in online chats and message boards about math. Now, truthfully, if you don't have a math background, then I would suggest that it will take you the "recommended" amount of time (5 semesters) to finish this degree (MAME 5-12). However, if you DO have a math background, it can be done much more quickly. Hope this information helps someone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 19, 2012

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MBA-Healthcare Management (Outstanding Program) The MBA program is a challenge yet rewarding program. The only do better was the length of time it took to receive the graded papers back. I loved the competency based program, you must learn the course content before you pass the class, it isn't based upon a letter grade, it is simply pass or fail.It's a great program, I would highly recommend.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 17, 2012

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Not a Fan The mentor I have now gets angry if you ask her questions about the assignments, and seems to not even be aware of what the course of study instructions are saying. It is frustrating because when you have questions, good luck finding someone to answer them. For instance, two days ago I called my mentor, no response, then I called my course mentor, no response. Then I called the two other course mentors, no response. I tried my course mentor again, no response. The ruberics are vague, and misleading.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent so far!! Great way to earn your degree! I'm in the B.S. in Marketing Management program and think its great. I saw one post where I guy was complaining about servers being down, I'd have to tell him to check his own connection. I've been here for several months and have yet to see the servers go down except for scheduled maintenance that they tell you about. WGU is a great school with a great value!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 8, 2012 (email verified)

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I'm generally very happy with WGU I just completed the RN to BSN program at WGU. I have to say that I am very happy with my experience at WGU. My student mentor was amazing! She went above and beyond, anytime I asked for help. Also, I saw a few complaints about the financial aid dept - I did not have one problem the whole time I was there. It came through every semester. For the most part, the courses were useful. It was easy to find test centers in my area. I agree that, depending on the class, it takes a little long to have your papers graded. It's an accredited program, inexpensive, and you work on your own time. I definitely got what I needed out of WGU
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 3, 2012 (email verified)

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A real education for people who REALLY want it. This is not a free ride! People who want to have their hands held through their coursework need not apply. This is a real education which students can use in real world. It is all about effort. If you put forth the required effort and study, learn and apply the skills WGU teaches, you will do fine. If you expect to be handed a piece of paper for doing little or nothing, then please don't waste the university's time. I don't want to see or hear negative comments about WGU. I HATED commuting to a brick and mortal school only to sit and be forced to learn things I already knew, pay big money for it, and then go home and do "busy work"! Brick and mortar schools are a rip off and a waste of time and money. WGU is the best option for working adults who don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars and tons of time to finish a four-year degree.
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Cahleong (In Progress) on March 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Great experience so far! Like others have said, this is not for the unmotivated or for those that need constant reassurance. For those that are self-motivated and good with time management, this is a terrific experience. I've had no problems with resources being unavailable. In fact, the resources and materials are far beyond my expectation and needs. The materials that I've been presented so far are top notch; every bit as good as in a brick and mortar school. As most things in life, you get out of something what you put in, so yes, WGU is NOT the place to be if you think you can skate along to a degree. I HIGHLY recommend WGU!
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Supremom2000 (Graduate) on February 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Wonderful school! It's interesting to me when I see negative reviews on WGU. I have never had an experience close to negative there. I have completed the BSN and have started courses for obtaining a MSN. The school is outstanding. Whenever I have needed assistance it has been immediate. The site has never been down. The school is run in a professional manner and if there has ever been a problem there is a weeks' notice before any issues. I would recommend this school to everyone. There is always a voice ready to help me and that is comforting.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 21, 2012 (email verified)

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Terrible I have only been at WGU for a month working on my MBA and have experienced several outages. The website is down as I type this so I am taking the oppourtunity to let as many people know to avoid this school as possible. You will experience extreme frustration with all of the technical outages. The IT department is worthless. DO NOT ENROLL AT WGU!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Worst paper-grading system ever. I recently quit WGU because I was about to defenestrate myself over the ridiculous grading process they use for written submissions. WGU assigns 4-5 papers per term, and a term is about 3 months. Even if you do manage to find time to write a paper, once you submit it to TaskStream, just kiss your sanity goodbye. The graders are completely nonsensical with their criteria; they don't even adhere to the rubric/Course of Study. They seem to reject things and send them back for revisions for no good reason. The straw that broke my back was when I submitted a project where I had to write a short work memo to my "boss" about a certain law. It was rejected (of course) and the grader said "great job! you obviously grasp the material, perfect! just elaborate more." When I asked my mentor why I have never had a single solitary paper get passed, she couldn't even answer me. She read all my papers; I emailed them to her asking her to show me what was wrong with them. She knew just as well as I did that the graders are full of crap. To this day, I have never had a single paper get passed. NOT ONE. AT ALL. EVER. The tests I pass just fine; studying and taking a test doesn't rely on some buffoon judging your work, there are clearly defined right and wrong answers. This entire thing has been ridiculous. I hope WGU reads this and fires those loons at TaskStream. Those idiots are costing you students. Let me know if things change, I'll gladly come back, it's just that my time and sanity are too precious to waste any further. I am very disappointed, WGU was very affordable and the curriculum superb.
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Student teaching placement in Washington My husband quit his job last year in order to start his student teaching. He should have had started his student teaching. He did all the paperwork and gave many school district choices. However, he heard nothing so far. Not only he didn't get placement. There are other science student teaching canidates waiting for one whole semester without work and just waiting. (He is not the only cases.) WGU washington needs to do the job. My husband's time is also valuable. Our family needs to work. I hope WGU can reply why their candidates can't get a placement in high need area.
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Barbethomas (In Progress) on February 4, 2012

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WGU - Especially Great if your time is limited I am thrilled WGU is not for profit. I am encouraged to be successful even accellerate, not just remain enrolled so someone gets their commission. The only way I could go back to school while working full time is on-line, during the hours I am available. The course mentors I have worked with have PHDs and even called me from home on their day off. I'd say the course mentors I've experienced are excellent. I was able to log-on and have the course mentor show me math problems on a white board just as if I was in class with her, while speaking on the phone. The overall student mentor for my time at WGU is a teacher with a Masters who is overseeing my progress and helping me prepare and time when to take my state skills test. She is fine if we check in less often and so that is flexible. We are currently checking in every 3 weeks and she knows me well enough by now that I will email questions and concerns as they come up. My experience is getting quick responses. The opportunity to accellerate is huge for me as I am returning to school as a much older student. Others here have talked about submitting work and having to wait for results. I have had times when I waited 5 days for results, and times when it was 24 hours. It does vary. Rsults are clear about what needs to be corrected, added or eliminated. Objective exams give results immediately. You always have an opportunity to test again or correct your work. I like the independence. A student has to be self motivated, there is no doubt about that. For me this was a wise choice.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 30, 2012 (email verified)

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Awesome Experience for Self-Paced Person I have read several of the reviews on this site about WGU that were not that positive. I completed my Bachelor's degree in 2011 with another for profit university that required teaming and constant postings, etc. It was a pain and I was NOT thrilled when my grade was dependent on others. I chose WGU because of the self-paced environment to be quite honest because they pretty much leave me alone. If you want a university environment where you have a great deal of interaction with teachers and fellow students, go to a traditional university or one of those other for profit universities.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2012

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Good school, great value, so far so good This is definitely a self directed program and although your mentors keep you on track you have to work hard and keep pushing yourself. It is an amazing value!! As another reviewer said, it is a little overwhelming to figure out all the systems and how to navigate them but it all falls into place after awhile. You do need a good 15 plus hours a week to do all the work. The amount of content is out of this world but if you just go to the rubric and do the work, you really don't have to do all the lesson.
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Landon.sanders (In Progress) on January 25, 2012 (email verified)

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Perfect for the self motivated!! I just started my 6th term and have to say this is the best possible option for working adults. The tuition cannot be beat. I cannot take 12 units at my local university for less than $3k, but I can take as many units as a can handle for about $2900 a term. That simply cannot be beat. Couple that with the fact that its a fully accredited institution AND you can login and work on assignments ANYTIME you like within your 6 month term WITHOUT dealing with long commutes or jammed parking lots. I admit that the program may not be for everyone but I have been to 3 brick and mortar schools and have had the best success with WGU. My mentor is great, I rarely need assistance but he checks in with me every week and gives guidance on courses before I begin and also sets up calls for that particular course mentor if feedback from other students has shown the course is difficult. I recommend WGU to anyone. It has its challenges, just like any other university, but it offers exceptional value and flexibility.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 23, 2012 (email verified)

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WGU Master of Business Administration WGU has a very challenging Masters Degree program the assessment papers that you have to write will challenge your knowledge of the subject and your writing ability to the fullest extent. The student gets several chances to Master the paper and I like that aspect of it, However the mentor and teacher support is absent. This is a do it yourself compentency based program, they provide you with the materials you do the work. This is the most challenging MBA program out there don't let the cross talk fool you. If you dont know anything about one of the classes in the program they provide you with the materials to get you through it but it can take months of self study. Overall for business professionals who already know their fields this is a great program. I have been a student for 1 year and my papers get graded in 3 to 4 days max and they have always provided clarity on what i did or did not do! I would recommend this program for anyone who has a Bachelors in Business or finance and who are great writers.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 22, 2011 (email verified)

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Almost done I am almost finished. In the first term I completed 68 credits and had 15 transferred in from 10 years ago. If you are motivated and set your mind to working hard then you will complete the degree. Mentors are good and help push you in the right direction but I wish that they had more access to the classes we have to go through in order to complete them. Course Mentors are very good and accommodating. Most are very knowledgeable in their fields. Classes - this is where my opinion starts to turn. A lot of their classes are very well done but some later classes such as Critical Thinking, IT Concepts (which has several questions about Windows 95), and Accounting tasks (they ask you to complete an analysis which states to look the information up on the internet then the mentor tells you to use the book) need some work as their information is wrong. They tell you to read chapters in a book but none of it is on the test. I have filled out several surveys about this problem without any response. Taskstream - I think all of the students will tell you that taskstream which is the task/paper grading people have no idea at all. They have no knowledge about the task itself and grade off of their own opinion at times which I think is very wrong. I love writing papers but after you get them back several times you want to give up. Overall - I am happy I went to this school. It was a degree I wanted to get just for myself, but I will not be taking their Masters program because I just don't think it is worth all of the anguish with dealing with their classes/taskstream.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 8, 2011

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WGU makes terrible decision to use Turn It In as a full on grading and policing program of its students! I am a student at WGU and am horrified at the night mare I have been put through at this University. My first term was awesome and the only thing I needed from my mentor was to let me do my thing. The second term I decided due to some other aspects of our lives to accelerate my program and meet all deadlines in order to do my student teaching early, I needed to go to work. Like all the teachers and administrators I work with locally have said, I had just cheated WGU out of 4 terms of tuition. Without a single warning from my mentor, or anyone else, classes I had passed four months earlier were coming unpassed, it took WGU over a month to send me a letter saying I was being reviewed for originality, all of my work was being put back through the turn it in program in an audit, that audit and the turn it in program compared my work to my work, I explained this, appealed it twice and was told either I re-do all of the work or I lose my cohort. There are papers I have now rewritten 3 and 4 times, and still cannot get them to pass turn it in. If even one paper does not pass turn it in by less than 30%, I have to go through this again. Now I have just been told that all of the work I have done that does pass has to go through another audit before they will put my classes back into the passed catagory. I have had chest pains, migraines and have been physically ill over this and I have to continue to do what they say in order to graduate. I would have completed 60 units in one term, I have been locked in this never ending nightmare for over three months and I spend up to 18 hours a day working on school work. It was my work originally, don't believe the hype, turn it in will ruin any student, with over 50,ooo students a day submitting work in the same classes using the same reference material and answering the same questions, nothing will be original very very soon. WGU has ruined itself by backing a program like turn it in and forcing their students to use it, it is a no win situation! Turn it in literally breaks down each sentance into partial combinations of three or four words, I have had originality reports come back with more than 150 sources broken down into 3 and 4 word combinations, it truly is a nightmare that I cannot seem to wake up from!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 1, 2011

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Virtually no interaction is permitted among students The school is real, it is accredited, and the degrees are a reputable way to attend college via distance learning. However, there are SEVERE deficiencies in the interactions that one expects in a college environment. The comments that repeatedly state "It's up to you" are drivel. Of course it's up to you. I did well in my six months at WGU. I got along well with my mentor, who was friendly enough but really didn't DO anything. The main problem with the school is that there is very little academic involvement available, either from the instructors or from fellow students. You're not permitted to talk about anything with other students regarding the assignments because of the risk that you won't do your own work. While I understand this policy, what happens is that there is nothing to talk about other than "how is the weather in Omaha today?" Entire discussion threads were removed without warning because students might be able to find useful information about assignments. At real schools I attended, we were always working together, forming study groups, helping each other with difficult problems and assignments. At WGU, that's all been banned, and furthermore, even your own professors can't give you any information about a topic that's covered in an assignment...because it could HELP you with the assignment, and that's not "doing your own work." So one is left to figure out the thing on one's own. I did read the book. I did try example problems. I still had questions, but no one was allowed to even tell me where to START looking for answers and I wasn't allowed to share my knowledge and experience with anyone else. If a university course, whether virtual or real, is not a shared quest for answers, than what IS? I roundly criticized the format in my exit interview. It's difficult enough to connect with other students at a conventional university, so at an online university, one would expect to be brought together in myriad ways to go over relevant subject matter and allow connections to be formed. Instead, just the opposite occurs. Discussions of anything relevant to the course are forbidden. Prompts are posted to message boards that are designed to get people to open up and share their opinions and ideas, but NOT about anything germane to the subject at hand. People just end up discussing their personal impressions of this or that, or discussing their life problems, but there is no rigor in these posts. I felt like I was at a support group meeting or listening to audience Q&A during the Oprah Winfrey show and not at a university. I had to return to work for financial reasons, and I told WGU that I would likely not re-enroll. The school has a responsibility to engage students with instructors and fellow students in a manner that embraces the the substance of what they are expected to learn. Instead, the university's obsession with possible plagiarism has led it to build walls in which students are kept as far away from each other and their professors as possible. Real schools encourage group interaction to discuss course assignments, and the irony of it all is that while I was taking courses in which the virtues of group learning were extolled, we were prohibited from applying that philosophy to OUR OWN learning. I strongly suggested a complete rethinking of the school's design, in which discussions were centered on assignments rather than irrelevant peripheral topics or sharing one's various troubles in life, and that students be encouraged to learn and share ideas about the subject of the courses...you know, the academics. I know it's rough to balance work, family life and school, so do it and stop bringing it up with everyone. This isn't group therapy, it's a class. We're here to discuss research in the field, current controversies and theories, along with practical, real-world situations involving the topic of study, not to be constantly offering each other emotional support because your child prefers apple juice and all you had was grape juice. Essays, short answer questions, mid-terms and finals are all ways to measure what has been learned on an individual level. End-of-unit problems should be wide-open for discussion, however, because THAT'S HOW WE LEARN and the goal is to learn and not get all psychotic because someone might pick up an idea from another student! One final note: I found WGU's excessive use of jargon to be ridiculous. Just call everything what it is instead of making up some silly new term for it. Call homework "homework," a mid-term a "mid-term" and a final exam a "final exam." WGU has all sorts of crazy terminology for these basic things. Finally, hire some teaching assistants who understand what's going on and are permitted to talk about it. My mentor couldn't do anything but listen, say "uh-huh" and talk about the weather.
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Mrsradvilas (In Progress) on November 24, 2011

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You get what you put in to it I have to say that this school is not for everyone. You have to be able to pace yourself, work hard and have a good grasp on the english language. The essays can be hard and detailed. There is alot of writing. I am in my first term, but I can see how people could be frustrated if you do not have the skills to write essays, and compile your own research. I have learned alot, the only class I am struggling with is the math class, but I knew that was going to be my sticking point. I am an independant learner, and I am able to pull up my bootstraps and get in there. Some people need more actual teachers, and actual class time. I was never one of those people, I was always the one who would work their way though the entire text book in a few weeks then be bored the rest of the quarter. I would say if you are not the kind of person who can research, and work on your own then this might not work for you. If you are like me and can work hard and move though the books and actually learn the course work then this will be great for you. Enjoy, BTW I have been able to complete one third of my program in the time i've been here already, I am expected to student teach in September 2012.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 15, 2011 (email verified)

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I am grateful I was not planning on writing a review, but couldn't believe some of the reviews I've read that are so negative! With 3 children at and under the age of five, I completed 37 units in five months...I felt totally supported, but also that my learning depended on me! It has been a great personal progress experience for me and I am so grateful for the WGU experience! I can hardly wait to take a Master's program form WGU upon my preparation with a BS and a few additional classes. It has been challenging, but it has felt so worth the hard work!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 9, 2011 (email verified)

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RN to BSN This has been a great program! It has been extremely relevent to issues that I see and deal with on a daily basis as a hospital RN. It is self paced which is great for my rotating shifts. It has also been $10,000 cheaper than three other BSN programs in my area all which required in class time that I could not commit to. I have referred five friends in two months because of how great this university is. But be advised if you are a procrastinator and not self disciplined this program is not for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 25, 2011

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Great University WGU has a great program in teacher education. I not only work on my homework when it's convient but I also have a mentor who helps keep me motivated in my studies. The course work is awesome. The teachers are great! The only down-fall is it is taking me longer to graduate because I am only taking the min. required credits to be full time. If you want to complete this program in 4 years, you must do above 15 credit hours per semester.
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(In Progress) on October 25, 2011

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From a WGU student WGU is NOT a traditional school. It costs very little in the way of higher education and they offer an accredited degree. Personally I think this speaks for itself. I suppose it is what you are looking for. If you want someone to stand in front of you and read a power point presentation, this is NOT for you. I, personally, am a very independent learner and the only reason I went to class when I was getting my associates was because it was required. In high school I never went to class except for test day and passed with flying colors! (This really pissed the teachers off!)If this is you and and you would like to expand your opportunities with a higher degree than go for it. If you would like to have philosphical discussions with a renound Professor, than this is not for you. I know there are professors who write the course material, but I have never talked to one, nor had the desire to. The mentor conversations are a little irritating, I feel like I have my weekly check in with my mother to make sure I am doing what I am supposed to! Other than that, if you are self motivated and a self taught individual, then take advantage of the great price a flexibility.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 19, 2011 (email verified)

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Watch Out, if you have PHR you cannot get a HR degree During the application process I told my enrollment counselor/interviewer that I had my PHR. I was then told that I would not be allowed to enroll in the HR degree program. They stated that someone with a PHR was over-qualified to take the course, even though I have no college degree! This was really bad moment for me. Make sure to watch out during the application process.
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Zanzibrute (Graduate) on September 29, 2011 (email verified)

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Productive use of my time attaining my Bachelors I attended WGU for 3 years and got my Bachelors in IT with an emphasis in Network Management & Design. I definitely enjoyed the experience and was exposed to many different subjects, although there were times that I just wished it was over already. The way it works is that you're assigned an overall mentor that tracks your progress and calls you weekly to check up on you. I felt a bit bad at some weeks because I didn't accomplish much that week because my job or life constraints got in the way. It kind of felt like you were being watched & checked up on, which I didn't enjoy too much but it did make me more productive as a result. The courses were mostly assigned learning resources, such as a website or chapters in a book that you had to read. Afterwards, you either had to take a final, get a computer certification, or write one or more papers. There was another mentor (aka professor) for each class that you could ask questions to, but I rarely interacted with them & just learned on my own. They did hold weekly conference calls to discuss certain sections of that classes curriculum, but I never dialed in to one of those. I graduated over a year ago and in the meantime, have gone through two periods of looking for a job (I had a contract job that ended). During the job search, no recruiters or hiring managers I talked to asked excessive questions about the school or disparaged it in any way. A few asked about the name & when I told them it was on online school, they seemed interested or like they understood & they went on to other parts of my resume. I could see how the school could be seen as an impediment for some younger graduates who don't have much experience on their resume. Having been a hiring manager myself though, I can't blame them, they discuss what they see on the resume and if it is sparse, they'll look for things to talk about. At this point, I'm seriously considering going back to WGU for my MBA. Honestly, the biggest thing holding me back is the fact that I'm not sure how it would look on my resume with both my BS and MBA coming from the same online school. Also, another tip is that it helps you get through the course if you can get friendly with other students that are roughly on the same track as you so you can be study partners, bounce questions off of, etc. Ideally, you'd have a friend or two who joined the school around the same time as you and have a similar curriculum. I hope this was helpful and good luck on your education journeys!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 16, 2011 (email verified)

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WGU-good school not for everybody I graduated BSIT. WGU is great school if you have Certs and an AS degree. I did every Cert. on the transfer list before I applied. I was able to finish my degree in 60 days because I transfer in so many lower division units and Certs. I took no IT classes. All my cert. proved my competencies in IT. WGU will not let you transfers Certs. once you start. I would not recommend this school for students right out of high school. Enjoy the college experience(girls) and get an AS degree somewhere local first. This school is perfect for an older working student with a family. Total cost $3000.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 16, 2011

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Still wondering about the challenge Since everyone has an opinion, I guess I will be the one that really can't judge...yet. I transferred in with 30 credits, I have been at WGU now 4 weeks. I have already completed 19 CU's. I have yet to be challenged. Before you say it, I have completed the some pretty hard courses. I guess if you are an independent learner, its for you. I couldnt stand brick and mortar. Learn at my pace. So far great.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 10, 2011 (email verified)

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Unhappy MBA Student Since I have been at WGU for a while now, I can give you the a realistic view of this school. I am well past the excitement phase. The problem with this program is not anyone in particular, but the way the program is set up in general. After about 8 months, I realized that I just cannot take any more self teaching. There is no interaction with the "class mentor" unless you have a question. There is no interaction with the other students. You have a mentor who calls you every week to check up on your progress. At first it was nice because everything was new, and I had questions about the online setup and the program in general. Week after week I kept getting a call, and it got to the point where I felt like I had a boss checking up on my work progress. The one aspect i liked was that I had access to all course material for only about 30 bucks! Last week I get an email saying the price is jumping to about $130. An over 300% increase for no difference in material? Lame. The way the classes are set up, you can totally bypass the reading material & exercises and skip to the final projects, the only part that is actually graded. Here comes the fun part: a third party that you have never met does all the grading. Did I mention it takes them about 10 business days to get your paper back? Everything is graded pass/not pass rather than percentage, so its either accepted or rejected. If it's rejected, you are expected to fix what they say is wrong, even if what they say is not correct. There is no two way communication available. This can become very frustrating. WGU if you are reading this, this is what you need to actually have a legit MBA program. 1. Drop the class mentor 2. get a professor on a live webcam feed 2. Offer realtime student interaction while the professor is teaching 3. Have assignments that actually require the student to read the material 4. Have exams/projects that actually match the material 5. Have the professors grade your material on a percentage rather than a third party on pass/not pass I honestly can say I have learned virtually nothing since I started at WGU around 8 months ago, so optimistic at the time. I did read the material, but when the projects do not match the material, you learn nothing. If all you want is a degree, I guess this will work for you. I am going to drop out, take the GMAT, and get into a real MBA where I can actually learn something.
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Ahawki1 (In Progress) on September 3, 2011 (email verified)

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Western Governors University IT Degree I regret that I didn't start WGU sooner. When I finish my degree in IT with a Security emphasis, not only will I have my degree but also the Security+, A+, Project+, CCENT, CCNA, and CCNA Security certifications. This school is not for someone who needs their hands to be held or wants the company of meeting regularly online with your instructor or fellow students. It is basically independent study with a support system of an academic advisor (called a mentor) and mentor for the different courses. If you have a question during a course, you can contact a mentor. Learning material is supplied for all of the classes so you really don't have to buy text books. The tuition also pays for all of the IT certification exams so I don't have to spend money for testing. WGU stresses the competency approach. So I will have skills that will help me to get a real decent job. Sure, there are other online schools that offers an IT degree. Yet, if you compare their degree to WGU's, WGU wins because what is taught is what employers need their workers to know.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 29, 2011 (email verified)

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Tough but well worth it! Please take any of the negative reviews of WGU with a grain of salt. I can honestly say that WGU is a great value, yet a tough program. Granted it's certainly not for everyone: you must be disciplined and willing to put in the time on some hard work, as well as be able to handle large academic writing assignments. The few negatives on here I would attribute to those that thought this was an easy out, and a simple online way to get a degree without hard work... this is certainly not the case with WGU. The work is self paced, and the cost is much less than a traditional school. The advantage of being able to work ahead or take finals at any time provided you know the material is another distinct advantage that can allow you to finish your degree sooner. The course mentors, and academic mentors are always there to help and support, as well as the rest of the student community. My only complaint might be the "absentee" feeling you get at times from professors in the course materials... most lectures are simply recorded, and that may be off putting for some. Just like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it.
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Sojoooman (In Progress) on August 26, 2011

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WGU is awesome I started the IT program with empahsis in network administration in April/11 and so far it's been a positive rewarding experience. I enjoy the work at your own pace model and the flexibility, plus the price is fair. Plus you will not spend years working on your degree like at a traditional state college, where sometimes there are a 100+ students in a class, or the class you nee is not available so you have to go to a CC. Basically you study when you want and how you want. WGU provides all the resources you need, discussion boards, webimars,e texts, hard copies, free software,lab simulators and a course content expert whose there to assist and explain any issues that you might have comprehending the course. No need to sit in a class and listen to some dull professor ramble about his personal life, then tells you to go home and read six chapters, due the following week. Oh and by the way your final grade will be based on solely one midterm and final. I know this from several years experience at a "Traditional College". WGU is a great alternative for adults who have established carrers and only need the diploma, and not the 18 year old fresh out of HS type. If you're looking for the Friday night frat parties and drinking binges, and cross tow football rivalries then WGU is not for you. Thanks WGU for giving the rest of us an opprtunity.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 20, 2011

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WGU mentors and Support system I have to post this comment because I have been an online student for 1 year now with WGU and the support you get from your mentors and teachers is troubling it takes days for them to respond to your questions and emails. I really do not understand why this is but it's going on. I am not the only one either, I have seen questions by students posted on forums go days without being answered or not answered at all. I had to file a complaint against my mentor just to get him to respond. If you have extensive knowledge of the program you are planning to enter and you think you can pass these huge writing assignment courses no tests on your own with very little help then WGU is for you. I will also comment on their teachers! They do nothing. They post one recorded session for each class, they do no grading, they wont review your work to see if your on the right track before you submit your work to a third party for grading (that takes up to 2 weeks for you to get back) They say they are not allowed. its a joke! This is the truth from a real student who has spent a lot of money trying to get a masters and who cares less what you think. Now I understand why WGU only has a 20% grad rate. I will be transferring to another college next semester I am sorry I ever enrolled at WGU, their courses are very good but their support system is very bad. Look elsewhere.
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Itusernumberone (In Progress) on July 14, 2011 (email verified)

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So far, so good I am starting my second year at WGU. I work part time and have 3 young children, and this university allows me to fit schooling into my life. It is self-paced as long as you complete the required minimum. If you don't have the drive to push yourself, then this is not the school for you. You need to be self-motivated to keep up with deadlines. This university is an excellent choice for someone who needs flexibility, is self-motivated and enjoys independent study.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Good School First, I am enrolled currently and have 1 term left at WGU. It is very challenging, but this is to be expected. Whenever I have run into a hang up the mentors are there to help me out. My mentor has been great, he keeps tabs on my progress and we meet every 2 weeks. Studying on your own time and your own pace has been very rewarding. I have gone to Junior Colleges and the quality and value doesn't compare, WGU is so much better. You can take all assessments at home too which is awesome!
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Lmbdees (Graduate) on June 30, 2011 (email verified)

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RN to BSN I attended WGU after receiving my first Bachelors degree from Florida State University. I'll have to say it was a lot harder than I expected, but I learned a lot. The knowledge I gained plus the skills I developed in researching information have been invaluable at work. I was able to take much of what I learned and immediately apply it to activities in my career. It is not for someone who needs information spoon fed to them. You must be willing to go get it. My mentor was invaluable during this process. If you have a busy life but also have to drive to finish your education, WGU is a great choice.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 28, 2011 (email verified)

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Rebuttal to opinion that WGU's mentors are worthless In regards to "Anonymous" post that WGU's mentors are worthless and don't know the material, but rather are merely cheerleaders--there are two types of mentors every student has at WGU. One type is a student mentor who helps the student navigate the curriculum, communicates with them weekly about their progress and does some "cheerleading" when some additional motivation is needed. Student mentors are assigned to work with individuals and are not content based individuals. Course mentors, on the other hand are specialists in their field of study and they are the ones available to help with content issues. If you have had challenges with the content, you should have communicated that to your student mentor and s/he would have made sure you had contact with the appropriate course mentor. As many have said before me, at WGU the expectation is that YOU take responsibility for expressing and seeking out what you need. No one will spoon feed you, but there are plenty of resources and knowledgeable people at your disposal if you take the intiative to use them.
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Bftchevy2000 (Graduate) on June 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Best education decision I ever made!! After complFinishing my degree was always a priority of mine. I had completed two A.A. programs at the local community college. I was in my mid 30’s, working full time with a family. For me a conventional brick and mortar school was just not an option. After a lot of research I settled on WGU and I am very happy with my decision. As others have said, this is not an EASY program. Yes, I was able to finish my B.S. in two semesters. Once I started I didn’t stop until I was finished. I didn’t take a Christmas break, a spring break, a summer break, or any other breaks. For one full year I dedicated my time to school. The other thing is, if I would have taken these same classes when I was in my early 20’s it would have been MUCH harder. I had over 10 years of working experience that directly related to the school work I was doing. One month before completing my program I was laid off! The community I live in has an unemployment rate of 20% and within just a couple of months I was able to land a good job. I am very confident that my degree from WGU was a positive factor. While I understand WGU is not for everyone, for many working adults WGU is a perfect fit.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 23, 2011 (email verified)

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Time to complete The time it takes you to complete your degree is entirely up to you. I had to push my mentor a bit but I completed my degree in 1 semester with no transfer credits. I usually woke up at around 6 AM and studied until an average at 6pm. So 10-12 hours per day 5 days a week. Half of the semester I maybe only put in 5-8 hours per day, others I put in more than 12. I worked weekends so I only did schoolwork Monday-Friday. Point being, I completed my Bachelors in accounting in 1 semester from start to finish with no transfer credits. I paid $3,000 (only purchased 1 book)for a 4 year degree where my wife went to a private school and paid about 60,000 (and took her 4 years). Needless to say the return on investment is much better with WGU. I will be starting my Masters in August. To my knowledge I am the only student to complete a program this fast (there are probably but others I haven't asked the school). If it takes you 4 years to get a degree from WGU you should still be proud of yourself and its most likely going to be more enjoyable than a traditional school because you don't have to sit through a boring class when you don't want to. Beware... Taskstream (the grading company for roughly half of your classes) is garbage. The graders almost never understand the material they are grading, they simply look for key words and phrases so you have to submit all of the work to them as if you are discussing it to a 3rd grader. Some graders are very helpful and good, but its about as rare as getting great service at a fast food restaurant. Other than that, its up to you for completion time and as far as quality of education, I have many friends who attend other local state universities and WGU's material is more up to date and field relevant (by a small but noticeable amount). Obviously WGU is not on par with Harvard, Notre Dame, or other top tier schools but I would place it at the bottom of the top 25% schools for quality of education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Simply Brilliant! I transfered to WGU after attempting several times to return to school. I completed my associates degree several years ago but work commitments, lack of local university flexibility and finances got in my way. After looking at several online universities including Franklin and Arizona, I settled with WGU because of its location, competency based programs, 6 month terms and $$$ savings. Best decision I've made yet!! Don't expect much the first month. It takes time to get everything set up and to understand how the classes work. . . even for computer savy people like me. It was a bit different from anything I've done before. THE PROGRAM IS NOT, I repeat, IS NOT an easy out. The work is hard and it does take awhile but you can test out of the information you know to finish faster. The more time you have to complete tasks the faster you will graduate. Its that simple. At WGU, YOU are the only person holding you back. I finished 7 classes my first semester. Which means I have two semsters to go. At the local university this program would have taken me AT LEAST 3 years to complete. Thanks WGU. Brilliance online!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 3, 2011 (email verified)

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For those motivated self directed students I just completed 13 classes and subsequently my RN to BSN program at WGU. This is not a cake walk that is for sure. There is a lot of work to be completed. The model is very independent. You need to take charge of your education. I was able to complete all the requirements in 8 months. Way faster than could do anywhere else and the cost is way reasonable. If you need structure, deadlines, and handholding.... WGU is not for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 13, 2011

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Educational TIP for all professionals and students I'm currently enrolled at WGU for a B.S. Marketing Management. I chose WGU for several reasons: #1. It's regionally and nationally accredited #2. Online remote access from home or anywhere #3. Cost-effective/affordable #4. Referral-My spouse has been attending WGU for six months now (B.S. Sales and Sales Management), and his experience so far has been wonderful from support (IE. FA, resources, testing) to mentoring. This also helped my decision! That being said, I have several years experience working admissions sales for private institutes/"for-profit" colleges. From work experiences the education sector is forever changing, thus schools MUST comply and make new changes too. From an employee's view it sucks, because you can't stay consistent long enough to see what's really working. Nevertheless, the employees' work experience should not have an impact on the student's school experience. Which brings me to the following, WGU has been around ten years and now serves as THE "innovator" for "online only accredited" program offerings. Today many state colleges and universities are being forced into "new trends" and following WGU's footsteps because of the current economical challenges. It appears we are all working more than 40hr work weeks, and this leaves very little time for family, friends, hobbies, even school. The typical available "mortal college" schedule does not seem to fit-in with today's professionals or anyone that has a demanding lifestyle. Mostly is better suited for high school grads living at home. All schools (colleges, universities, institutes) MUST make money, it's a business! In the past, these type of schools did not have a need and/or felt forced to offering online type programs. Think about it campus life is one entity, and online is another. That's much work and production behind the scenes. The economic trends are pushing these schools to become more innovative by offering EASY access through online programs and go beyond their usual target customer "HS grads". Hence, online has become more acceptable throughout the education sector and employers. You'll probably see this become the NEW norm, where most colleges/universities will start to offer online degree programs. Right now in the Sate of Florida, UCF, UF, and Seminole State College to name a few offer online degrees. Terms and conditions can vary per school. Lastly, ALL schools have internal issues, mishaps, changes, and the list goes on! The key here is for you as the prospective student to find out more about the "field/career" you plan to pursue and it's certification or licensing requirements. If you're pursuing teaching, call your state's department of education and ask about the required test, certifications and licenses. Look for schools that offer what fits the demand in your fieldscertification/licensing process. This can vary from state to state, from field to field. It's YOUR responsibility as the "student" to do the research before hand. Stay focused on what's your personal and professional goal, and know in advance nothing in life comes easy it requires motivation and determination to complete anything you begin! Education is a necessity today. Good luck!
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Mmelick56 (In Progress) on April 1, 2011 (email verified)

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On-line program review After dedicated research into a program that would suit my needs, I found WGU to be cost effective in addition to being well supported. I do not recommend this program to anyone who has not experienced the real world, basically, not for anyone just out of High School. However, if you are looking to return to school and have some experience in the real world, have a solid work ethic and are focus, this program is excellent. I would highly recommend WGU to anyone looking to complete their degree, later in life.
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Cjessop (In Progress) on March 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Current MBA Student I have been in the WGU MBA program for a couple months now. I spent my undergrad at Indiana University so I have a good comparison to a major brick and mortar school. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. I have been very impressed with WGU's mentor system, since I was originally worried about not having a formal professor. It is set up so that you have an overall mentor (acts as advisor) and then each course has its own mentor (similar to professor). While you DO have to teach yourself, the mentors have been great about being there to answer any questions you may have, and are very willing to help. I will admit I was a bit apprehensive about going to an online university at first, but WGU gives you so much for your money. All your books are provided in e-book and the cost is only $45 a semester (i spent 500-600 at IU), and you have access to literally thousands of texts in WGU's online library. Unlike most universities they do not charge you for every little area they can, I remember seeing about 600-800 in random fees every semester when I went to IU. The overall value in relation to the tuition is outstanding. As far as the education, it is very challenging and I definitely have had to step my game up from undergrad. It is up to you how fast you get through the material, so if you are working you can fit it in your schedule, or if you are going full time like me you can fly through it. Although the MBA is not AACSB certified (top business accreditation), it IS regionally accredited, and WGU is non profit, so its not even close to being in the same category of schools like Phoenix or DeVry. I live in Indianapolis, and WGU Indiana is now a state school, so it gets positive recognition rather than being seen as a worthless degree. Living in the MidWest with 4-5 months of the year having snow and ice, it has been nice not having to take the time to drive to class in harsh conditions. I can wake up, make some coffee, log in my laptop, and get to work. Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience so far at WGU and I recommend it to anyone who thinks they are a dedicated student and/or needs flexible hours. I especially recommended this program if you tend to skip/miss class. I was always a good student at IU but i would miss some classes and make up for it with self study, so this program was a perfect fit for me. You really cant beat the price in comparison to other school's MBA programs, just look up their price specs.
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Brandyrollins (In Progress) on March 12, 2011 (email verified)

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Love WGU! I started my program at WGU in April of 2008. I had a 3 year old, a 10 month old, and my husband was serving in Iraq. I didn't have a schedule that was conducive to any traditional or most distance programs. I was really nervous about the 'competency based' program and the lack of info about WGU and I was very hesitant to commit myself to something so non-traditional, but it felt like the only option. I am SO glad I made the decision I did. I've been able to work quickly and efficiently through some really big life changes (another deployment, a 1200 mile move, etc.). WGU goes year round, two 6 month terms which allows me to give myself a break when I need it, right in the middle of my studies. If I need a longer break, I can take a month off between terms (which I've taken advantage of twice) and it's a seamless transition back. WGU is fully, regionally accredited and contrary to some other (uninformed) reviews, will lead to licensure in 49 states (with the exception of only Iowa). Difficulties in certification are due to individual STATES, not the university. For example, Texas requires students who complete a degree outside of the state (not just WGU) to apply for licensure via reciprocity. North Carolina only requires completion of the degree (regardless of the state it was awarded in) and the necessary Praxis exams. You may want to check out your state specific information before you commit, but, unless you're in Iowa, you're fine. As far as how WGU works, it's nothing like most schools. You do not have "classes" or "teachers". You have communities (online message boards of fellow students) and mentors (more like tutors to help you with SPECIFIC questions or issues). Each course has a course of study. The best way to think about this is like a rubric. Do what's on the rubric and I assure you that you'll have no problem completing assignments. And here is where the competency based program works. I took several AP classes in high school and had a good liberal arts back ground. Two classes I remember specifically - a writing course and literature - I didn't even open the courses of study. I simply did the assignments, wrote the essays, and took the exams. If you have a lot of background knowledge you can breeze through. If you have none, you can follow the course of study and be more than prepared. If you have some, you can do something in between and make it work for you. This is also why, financially speaking, WGU is a good "deal". My first term I was new, busy, and exhausted. I only did 13 units (similar to credit hours; you need 12 to be full time and qualify for federal aid). At approximately $3,000 per term, that was about $230 per credit hour. That's very close to what public instate tuition would have been at UNC. Now, the next term, my husband was home, my kids were older, and I had more time and energy. I did 24 credits that term. Still $3,000, but now my per hour cost was more like $125 - half of what it would have cost even at the in-state rate, and minuscule compared to other online, private (usually for profit) schools. Next term (fall 2011) I have student teaching. Because of the way WGU works, I already have all of my liberal arts courses complete, all of my teaching courses complete, and almost 80 hours of classroom experience(this is called PCE). I just took my Praxis exams (0011 and 0012 for NC) and passed with flying colors. I took advantage of my background knowledge and worked quickly when possible. I took advantage of the courses of study and used the resources and instructions that I was given when I didn't have prior experience. When neither was enough, I took advantage of the communities and the course mentors. To show for it, I am one "internship" shy of my bachelors, feel exceedingly confident for walking into my student teaching classroom, and I will have completed my program in less than 4 years for less than I would have paid at a local university. I've done all this with the constant support of one, awesome student mentor. If I had the choice to make all over again, I'd definitely go with WGU.
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Latoya.freeman (In Progress) on March 12, 2011 (email verified)

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Before you get started I'll leave my ratings at neutral, because I'm not actually a WGU student. I was a prospective student looking for an affordable and creditable online degree in Computer Science. WGU meet the affordable and credibility test, however they don't offer my degree. Nonetheless, I still wanted to take some courses with the intent to transfer credits, because WGU is almost half the price of my regular college. And I want to leave college with as little student loans as possible. In speaking with an admissions counselor I was able to confirmed a few things their website doesn't go in depth in. 1. They do not have any other tuition options besides the flat $2,890/6 months. I've done the flat fee model (at another school before) and it's a double edge sword. On one hand "buying in bulk" is a good deal because the more classes you take the less per credit you're paying But on the other hand it doesn't allow for flexibility. You'll pretty much have to be taking a full-time course load whether that works for your schedule or not. Otherwise the reverse is true, the less classes you take the more per credit you're paying. So that makes it hard for busy adults that can only do one or two course at a time. 2. This program does not work for adults changing careers or people that need hard deadlines. The "traditional online" school format (if that's not an oxymoron) gives you a weekly structure. Here's your text book, read this chapter, do your homework, participate in class discussion, and here are your test dates. So it guides you week by week to keep you on track for getting through the material in 8-16weeks. WGU DOES NOT. Basically you have 6 months to take 4 assessments with no or little guidance or structure on preparation. The admissions counselor will tell you that you're not going to have an instruction, but a mentor/coach. This format is fine for those that have 5-10 years in the field and just need a degree to advance. This format does NOT work for adults changing careers. This format also does NOT work for people that need hard deadlines. When I have weekly reading, homework, discussions, and test it's a lot easier to stay on track then me setting my own deadline. So you have to know your learning style. Well those are things I found in my research. I would still encourage you to talk to an admissions counselors about your specific situation. If you're looking for an alternative that still meets the affordable and creditable online school model try America Military University (as known as America Public University). It's $250/credit (or $750/class), you pay for only the classes you take, they have a non-degree program if you just need to transfer your credits out, the application is free, and you can be up and running in 20 minutes. I'll cut it off there since this isn't the AMU review page, lol. Anyway, I hope my experience can help somebody.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 6, 2011 (email verified)

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Not good for math I recently finished the MAT secondary math program. I came to the program with a fairly recent undergrad degree in elementary education from a traditional university, along with considerable experience in live college math courses (taken many years ago), as well as more recent undergrad and graduate courses in special education and general education courses (taken mostly online). I also have almost 10 years of teaching experience in grades 7-12 math, although I was not certified in secondary math. I chose this program because it was convenient-- it fit my busy schedule-- it was inexpensive, plus I was offered a scholarship. The program bills itself as being for those who have a teaching degree but not in math. All the other distance education graduate programs in secondary math I researched required me to have a math undergrad, which I do not have. It appeared that this program would give me what I wanted, which was deeper understanding of math, secondary math certification, and a master's degree. I was very disappointed in my experience at WGU. My 'mentor'-- the person assigned to oversee my program and my progress-- admitted to me that she had no experience in math, that she was an English major. I felt she was more of a cheerleader than a resource for me to get what I needed. Every other online course I have ever taken has included some sort of video lecture component, so this is what I was expecting. Of the close to 60 credits I took, there was NO DIRECT INSTRUCTION. Repeat-- NO TEACHING. I am a 'show me' kind of person-- show me once, and I have it. The lack of any direct teaching made it very difficult to learn the material. If I hadn't already had an extensive background in math, I don't think I would have been able to learn the required material. The 'courses of study' (what substituted for a syllabus) were just wordy, disjointed conglomerations of sections of the textbooks and online readings (with Wikipedia prominent on the list), much of which had little, if any, value toward helping me learn. The program did utilize some online streaming courses that WGU subscribes to, but these were simplistic (mostly on a high school level) and provided a cursory review of what I already knew. The 'course mentors'-- those staff who knew the course material and were there to help if you had any questions-- never really directly answered a question but instead led me to yet more websites, some useful and some not. The 'exams' were a joke-- 15 question multiple-choice exams taken over several courses worth of material. The bulk of the work came in the form of 'tasks'-- papers written on math topics-- a total of over 60 papers in my program. While there is some value in writing papers on math, this was just about all I did for close to 3 years. For many of the courses, I just studied enough that I could write the papers required for the course. Papers were scored by blind graders-- I never knew who was grading my paper, and for quite a few of the tasks the wording of the tasks and rubrics was vague, making it difficult to know what was required. I did manage to pass the required Praxis 2 with a very high score, but that was due to my own initiative, not the education I received at WGU. I felt that the combination of disjointed courses of study, too easy exams, and too many papers made for a very poor learning experience. I don't think I know much more about math than I did when I started. While perhaps some of the other programs have more to offer, I would not recommend this program to anyone, especially someone who doesn't already have an extensive math background.
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Songsmythe (Graduate) on March 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Perfect program for an IT professional I enrolled in WGU on 01APR08 to obtain a BS in IT - Network Design & Management; yesterday I completed the degree. I work 84+ hours a week in a war zone. If I didn't have "a day job", I would have done it in a year...tops! My mentor called me only occasionally to ensure that I was focused enough to complete my courses. Sometimes I was, sometimes I wasn't. My responsibilities running the Army's network did take priority, but also gave me material to use as my Capstone project. The IT Program is based on real world requirements. It isn't watered down and there are plenty of resources to help you succeed. The entire program is flexible and COMPETENCY based. If you are competent and motivated THIS IS THE SCHOOL FOR YOU!!! You can complete the program as fast as you can show competency in all of your courses. I highly recommend this school and this program to anyone trying to save money and earn an accredited degree in the least amount of time. Your only limitation is YOU!
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Brillo_head (Graduate) on February 19, 2011

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Great program with Real World Value I finished my MBA in IT Management at WGU in February 2011. I was already an Information Security manager with 11 direct reports when I started this program. I found that all of the concepts I learned could be readily applied within the workplace. Completing this program has helped me to better do my job and I feel that going through the MBA program while working in the field has actually given me an edge over others in my area. I couldn't be more pleased with the results and I am very proud to have the degree from WGU on my wall.
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Ellis.joseph (Graduate) on February 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Great Program... Affordable and Well Respected I graduated with a B.S. Information Technology - Software Emphasis. Earning my degree from WGU has been a fantastic experience. I work full-time, am married with four children, and was able to complete my degree in 3 terms (with some credits transferred from previous college credits). Finishing my degree is an old, old dream that has finally come true. I don't know of another school that could have allowed me to do it ...especially not for such a low price. Additionally, my degree is respected. My current employer is very excited about my degree, along with the professional certifications that I attained during the course of my studies. I have talked with other technology recruiters and hiring managers in my area, and many of them have heard of WGU and have a positive impression of the school. Even more important to me is that I know how hard I worked. I know how difficult it was and how much I've learned. Not only have I earned an accredited bachelor's degree, but I feel like I have improved myself as a professional and in general. I am proud of myself and my degree, and that alone would be worth the tuition.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 29, 2011

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MSN education progarm I have almost completed my first term (which is 6mo) of the MSN education program for RN's with BSN. I am pleased with the program. There is the opportunity to excel based on previous experience and knowledge. This program is intended for students who are disciplined and independent learners.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Recognition for Graduate School One concern I have seen from various reviewers and comments is the ability to enter non-WGU graduate programs after completing a bachelors program at WGU. I want to state that this should be no more of a concern than with any other school. I graduated from WGU with a BS in Information Technology in 2009. After a year I determined that obtaining a Master of Science degree more closely aligned with my career would be worthwhile. I applied to an online graduate program at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (Engineering for Professionals)and was accepted immediately without any questions about the credibility of my bachelors degree. My 30+ years of industry experience may have contributed to my acceptance, but this would be true of any graduate program as well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 28, 2010 (email verified)

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Online versus Brick and Mortar I was hesitant to do an online degreee program given the stigma and reputation from the early online programs. However, as I thought about it more and more, I realized that in the real world when your boss tells you to research something, you're entirely on your own to seek out the information. Furthermore, when comes to 'learning' something, its all up to you to begin with. I am a self-taught in VB, ASP.NET and SQL Server. The information was not just handed to me, I had to seek it out and LEARN. Fortunately, with the WGU degree programs its actually much easier thanks to learning resources being provided to you. You don't have to dig and dig to get an answer to something that seems obvious. Its all right there in front of you. The move to online education is a result of the vast about of information available to a person. Prior to the Internet Age, it was up to a student to sit at the feet of a teacher and to learn from him or her. The information had to be shared person to person because there was knowledge transfer couldn't occur any other way.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 23, 2010

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Wonderful program I began at WGU in January 2010 and will have completed 55 credits in my first 12 months (while working fulltime and training for 3 half-marathons) which pencils out to around $109 per credit. WGU is an incredible value. I have a story that will demonstrate how rigorous the program is: I'm a poor math student and naturally math adverse. My poor math skills were evidenced in my entrance exams and I was offered a remedial math course (non-credit)to prepare me for the math domain. I spent about a month working through the remedial course which includes a few one-on-one tutor sessions. Through the remedial course I gained competency Algebra, geometry and trigonometry and actually enjoyed the classes and did well on the final exams. I've never worked harder at anything than math but it has been so worth it. Other benefits of WGU: 1. If you need to get in touch with a mentor, administration, financial aid, etc., you can email or call and get a response in a reasonable time frame. (I used to wait 3 weeks to get a counseling appointment at the community college). 2. You won't spend time on concepts you already know. In fact, I passed a number of my pre-assessments and went directly to the competency exam which allowed me to save time and money. This is similar to taking CLEP exams or DANTE exams -- credit for proven competence which are accepted everywhere. 3. My student mentors have been wonderful. They have masters level credentials in adult learning and have been instrumental in my success so far. They also are people who've had notable success in business and education prior to joining WGU faculty. I expect to graduate in one more year and am seriously contemplating the MBA program as my next step. I recommend WGU to everyone.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 22, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent Choice I recently completed my MBA from WGU and would highly recommend the program due to the course content, accessibility, and affordability of the program. The mentorship program at WGU provides support and guidance and is an extremely helpful part of the transition into WGU. The mentorship program provides the human touch many on-line programs lack. WGU is a great fit for people who are use to working at their own pace and meeting deadlines. The competency approach of WGU allowed me to apply the 20 plus years of business experience I had to study and complete courses at a faster rate than a traditional university. You are allowed to take as many courses in a six month period as you can complete which provides flexibility to finish your program at your own pace.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 21, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent MBA program; rigorous. I just completed my MBA program at WGU. I received my undergrad and grad degrees from highly respectable Northeast brick and mortar institutions. Didn't feel like spending tons of money at this stage in my life on another degree. WGU is fantastic and you can't beat the value. Just look at how they're spreading across the country with the support of our nation's governors: WGU Indiana, for example. The MBA program was rigorous. I busted my hump. No cakewalk: try passing your Advanced Business Concepts/Quantitative Analysis exam on the first try. Good luck on that. I did. But it was very difficult. WGU has a great model. It's the future of higher ed.
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Lisellespence (In Progress) on October 27, 2010

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So Good So Far I started at WGU August 1st of 2010. They gave me an expected graduation date of February 2012. This was disappointing because I thought it'd be faster than that, but I went along with it. As of today I have completed five classes (will be six on Thursday of next week). My mentor is great...it is true that mentors are not teachers, they just help with your schedule and direct you as to where and how to study for your courses.I love going to this school and I went to a major university in Florida this information IS comparable. I am looking forward to graduating and going on to my master's degree. I will tell you this if you're worried about if your degree will be accredited...yes. If you're worried if you can do the work-maybe you shouldn't go here because it is A LOT of work and there is no one on your back making you do this so you need self discipline or you will lose your money. I only spent close to $3000 for this semester and I will spend the same next...a bachelor's degree from an accredited university for $6000 not bad.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 21, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent College! I love this college! I haven't been at WGU for long but I've had nothing but wonderful experiences! My mentor is fantastic, the course mentors have given me one-on-one attention via phone calls and e-mails. I find the material is challenging but that's why I'm going to school. I couldn't be happier. To the person who mentioned not knowing that they had to do elementary and secondary teaching, I'm not sure who you spoke with but that was one of the first things I was told by the enrollment adviser when I first called for information. They even started a system where you can take your exams at home via a webcam. I would highly recommend it!! I've been very pleased.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Worth it economically This is my third term at WGU and some of the reviews I have read of this University are outdated. WGU continues to improve each term I have attended. Those who say the grading of papers takes days are mistaken. They have updated their grading system and most papers are returned within one to two days. Those who say they have had mentor problems, I can relate to. I have been through three mentors in my three terms. The first two were no good but I adore the mentor I have now and she genuinely cares about my progress and me, as an individual. I agree with those who say that WGU is hard. Because it is, but it's learning, it's not supposed to be easy! The competency based education is great for people with real-life experience and their transfer program is adequate. I believe if you are a self-starter and can stand writing lots of papers to explain what you have learned, are good with computers, and have the patience to muddle through some below-par mentors at times, WGU is for you.
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Mu*red*76 (In Progress) on October 12, 2010

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WGU Misleading WGU is very misleading. I am close to completing Bachelors in special education. The information they provide states that is a degree that leads to certification in mild to moderate or cross-categorical certification. What they do not tell you is that this is a dual certification program. It is not optional you are required to student teach in both elementary ed and special ed. I was clear from the that I was only interested in special education,mainly due to working currently and for the last five years as long term sub.. This is not what I signed up for.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 7, 2010 (email verified)

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One of the best IT programs available anywhere I am enrolled in the B.S. Information Technology program with an emphasis on Security. Those of us in the IT world are lucky, as the jobs you interview for require certifications and not too much interpersonal interaction, thereby minimizing the "stigma" of having an online degree listed on your resume. WGU's IT programs are ALL a real bang for your buck. For my degree in particular, I am required to obtain nine IT certifications in order to graduate, and all nine certs will be GREAT for my resume and for my job. They are basic, globally recognized industry certs, your standards like Microsoft and Cisco. WGU has consistently provided top-notch (and EXPENSIVE) study software and printed materials to study for these certs. I think the cost of my CIW Associate cert plus study materials was over $2K alone. Of course that is all included in the ridiculously low tuition. I really feel I am getting a great value. Due to the nature of IT competencies, I do not feel like I am missing out on anything by not getting much interaction with my teachers or with my peers. WGU has Internet forums and chat rooms set up for each course and for each "major" but participation is optional. Most people in the IT world are by their very nature quite independent making this an ideal program for IT types in particular. Also, my mentor is great. I lost my job about a month ago and he encouraged me to list him as a personal reference. I did, and he had a prospective employer call him. He then sent me a very nice detailed email with all the nice things he said about me. I thought that was really swell. (By the way, I got the job. I also got three other job offers, even in this awful economy. Employers who take the time to learn about WGU are VERY impressed by the IT curriculum. My program at WGU is actually better than the local colleges in my city.) In short, I would highly recommend this school particularly for others in the IT industry who are looking to get their degree or even continue on with their Master's. I could not be happier with the education I've received thus far. I will definitely be continuing my studies with my Master's once I've completed my Bachelor's. One last note... I have noticed that many of the negative reviews on this website come from people enrolled in WGU's teaching programs. I would like to ask those people how they expect to learn how to become a teacher via online study. Teaching involves lots of interpersonal interaction, so that may explain why many of your interviewers look at you skeptically when you are interviewing for a kindergarten teaching position without any relevant experience... Just saying... Those strike me as people who did not fully do their research and now they try to place the blame on WGU. Your experience would have been bad even if Harvard had an online program... Some training just DOES NOT TRANSLATE to the online method!
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Jotucker (In Progress) on October 5, 2010 (email verified)

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Some FACTS You Should Note After reviewing some of the comments about this institution, I thought that it would make sense for me to offer a reply with facts and personal experience. A "scam" is when you pay for something and do not receive what you paid for. I find it insulting for Western Governors University to be called a "scam". The degrees are recognized by the government and if your employer doesn’t consider the degree “credible,” your employer needs to step into learning of the 21st century. Online learning is more difficult then traditional brick and mortar learning. Majority of the information you "need to know" to pass is presented to you daily in lecture in traditional brick and mortar learning environments and you are specifically guided to where to find the information you need to "pass the exam". WGU is structured in a way where majority of the research and learning is completed by you on an individualized basis, using the "course of study" as a road map. The main benefit from distant learning is the ability to learn on your own time, however, the drawback is that for the most part you must learn on your OWN. The realities of the college student today are not like they were 20 or 30 years ago and more colleges will start to adapt to the new marketplace. Today’s student is balancing a full time work schedule and perhaps a family, all while trying to also complete a full time degree enrollment. Gone are the days where you just go to school and study only, so learning of the 21st century will start to adapt to this model more and more, offering more distant learning courses in my opinion. Either you catch up with the tide or drown in the wave.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Pros and Cons I wasn't going to write a review of WGU . But, after reading some of the crap, I felt I needed to. FIRST OFF... I am a student at WGU, not a paid employee. Secondly, I will be starting my final term for my bachelor's degree next month. I plan on heading straight into the MBA program afterwards. I have had 3 mentors since I enrolled with WGU. My first mentor, had a baby and went on maternity leave. While she was on leave, I had an interim mentor. When she came back she decided she wanted to stay at home, so she quit. Since then I have had the same mentor. They have ALL been wonderful. My current mentor goes on and on about how much he loves his job. He doesn't complain about being overworked and underpaid. He wants me to consider working for them once I complete my MBA. The courses can be difficult. But, in business, if your boss wants you to research something for him, i.e. Japanese marketing strategies, he isn't going to spell it all out for you. You will have to use your brain and find relevant sources of information. WGU gives you a rubric of what they expect. This is more than your boss will give you. You have to learn the material on your own. If you aren't the type of person that learns well this way, this isn't the program for you. There are course mentors available to guide you in the right direction. They are all friendly and very helpful. I have had some issues with a couple of tasks and they have been more than willing to help. They have protocol that has to be followed as well, though. They can't help you with performance assessments until you have had them sent back for revisions. This is to ensure you try. I hated this policy in one class, I was completely lost on the task, but I understood the policy was in place. And guess what, once I really started working through the assignment, I passed it, without help from the mentor. It's tough, but it should be! It's college. It isn't supposed to be easy. Another thing, you don't have to leave home to take assessments. One reviewer was complaining about that and it simply isn't true. They send you a web cam to take the objective assessments from home. I live in a very rural area and they had no problem sending me a camera for free. From what I understand, they do all assessments this way now and you are sent a camera from the very beginning. This is a great way for people with ambition and drive to get get a degree. It isn't easy, but it shouldn't be.
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Jjijm (Graduate) on October 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Opportunities at WGU WGU provided the opportunity so that I could continue my education at a reasonable price while caring for my family and working part-time. The mentors were knowledgeable and eager to help with direction and resources. I have completed my BA and will begin my Masters with WGU soon.
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Tbarrett740 (Graduate) on September 18, 2010 (email verified)

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Not the best! As an alumnus of this school, I would caution anyone considering admission to research both program and entire institution before venturing into an agreement with WGU. The domains that are taught here (yes, DOMAINS - NOT individual courses) are not easily recognized or accepted by other institutions of higher learning. This in itself causes great problems for those who actually graduate from WGU. Another matter to take into consideration is this - if you wish to change from one domain to another without completing the original domain, said original will remain on your transcript as "Not Passed" when you dropped said original domain in lieu of entering another. Again, a definite problem when attempting a transfer of credits to another institution, as well as trying to gain employment upon graduation from WGU. Take this as a warning, once committed to the WGU experience, you may find yourself in a negative position after graduation, having to retake the same degree you just earned at another college or university. In short - look elsewhere!
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Dred0218 (Graduate) on September 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Now Obtaining Masters from Texas A&M I received my BS in 2008. I've read some reviews on here that the courses were not transferrable. To those people, are you sure? My courses were transferrable. I was going to do all of my degree except the last few classes and transfer to Texas A&M so I could have that name on my Diploma. The classes would have transferred but in order to graduate from A&M you have to take a minimum of 20 hours. I opted to finish from WGU and then obtain my Master's from Tx A&M. I enrolled in A&M as soon as I graduated from WGU and I did not have to take any prerequisite classes. I also am well prepared for my Master's because of WGU and haven't had any problems. You have to be disciplined in order to do any online coursework. My only complaint with WGU was my mentor; however, I was able to work independently and did not require much interaction with my mentor. There is still the negative attitude toward an online college. If your schedule allows a brick and mortar school, I would prefer that but ONLY because I am sometimes involved in the hiring process and have witnessed several applicants be immediately ignored because they graduated from an online university. Hopefully, as more of us take higher level positions, we can change the attitude towards an online degree from an accredited university. I do believe it will take time.
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SAKLEIMAN56 (In Progress) on September 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School Currently, I am in my second semester at WGU and I enjoy the program. The cost of this program is less than any of the programs I evaluated. The program is challenging and daunting at times, which is an expectation in a graduate program. I receive excellent support both from my mentor & the bursars office. My only issue has been with a text books for a course. The issue: an exam had a few questions citing a study from a book which was not a required book. Overall, I am very happy with the educational program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 10, 2010 (email verified)

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It's up to you! I have read a lot of reviews, and many of the negative reviews seem to be based on their lack of understanding on how the program works. It's based on how your work ethic and understanding of material is. There are course mentors for every class. Your "Mentor" is like a guidance counselor, not your instructor. The "course mentors" are like tutors. They answer your questions if you don't understand an assignment. I have had to ask for clarification on more than one occasion. They respond to emails and phone calls, and have online "study groups" where the course mentor does course reviews as students approach test time. I was concerned about whehter or not the school was credible, and it is. Some were concerned that it would not be recognized and it is. If you want to be recruited by a big company to go to a big school. The coaching reports are helpful in streamlining what areas of study need more focus. Part of the challenge for me in college (brick and mortar) the first time was that we could only go through the material as fast as the slowest person in class would allow, and it drove me crazy. I had to go to class twice a week for weeks. I just wanted to plow through the work and the assignments, and now I can. This isn't about last resort, it is about lifestyle. If you need a classroom, then go to one. For online, flexible, go your pace, no politics within a university, no fighting for parking or paying to park, and avoiding idiot professors that spend more time spouting their own beliefs instead of actually teaching, then try WGU. Everyone is different and it has been amazing for me, and for others I know.
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Kymatt19 (Graduate) on September 6, 2010 (email verified)

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Finished and reenrolling for more This is the only place I can think of that I can spend 15,000 and 2.5 years and complete a BSIT and MBAIT. You need to go into this with an attacking mind set. If you arent looking to finish your degree but want to take a class here or there then don't enroll. I wanted to finish and thats why I got so much from WGU.
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Ih8tara (Graduate) on September 1, 2010 (email verified)

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I love this place I was pleasantly surprised with how well this school worked for me.
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Mghenson (In Progress) on August 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Placement at WGU is your responsibility If you are going to apply for any of Western Governors University Educational Programs/Degrees then make sure you have Pre-Clinical placement and Demonstration Teaching placement already set-up because WGU is not a very well recognized online University. I did not finished the K-8 BA because WGU could not place me for either.
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Donathan.m.harris (In Progress) on August 26, 2010

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Well it's transferable I've been looking at WGU because of the competency based system of learning. I have done 3 years at a brick and mortar school and then had to enter the private sector because of financial issues with family. Since then I have not had the ability to go back being a bread winner for a house. So looking for a CREDIBLE online degree which IS transferable to other credible online MBA programs. So far the colleges I have left are: Charter Oak State College Western Governors University UMass online Bachelors in Business Admin When I started emailing graduate business schools AACSB certified all qualified for transfer from the following schools: Oklahoma State MBA program Ball State MBA program UNT MBA program I can only assume UMass would accept Charter Oak and their own bachelors degree. One is it's own school and the other has the same regional accreditation as UMass. I was skeptical WGU's credibility regarding acceptance in the more established collegiate field which has kept me from making my decision. But I was happy to hear that good business schools do recognize WGU as a credible institution of learning and that they will accept students. Like most negative comments on this school (understandably I am not a student yet so I have little value to comment one way or the other), they seem to be focused on how the learning method is applied and how students have issues regarding it. I would say its not for everyone as the WGU admin told me. But it is credible. It is a real school. It's your choice on how you wish to learn. Honestly I think I would enjoy this type of solitary education.
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Jesseveres (In Progress) on August 1, 2010

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finishing my BSN/MSN After practicing as an RN for 11 years, WGU is improving my quality of care. I've noticed some poor reviews are not nursing students, perhaps that is the issue. I have been thrilled at how quickly I am progressing in my program. Because I commit XXXtra time to my school, I will complete what is typically done in 3 years in only 2. This will save me $$$. For others progressing slowly, you get what you give. This is self-directed learning!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 14, 2010 (email verified)

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Bad Communication I have not been attending WGU very long, but have found it so hard to understand the classes. I am not a lazy person and am a go getter, but the courses of studies are very hard to follow and some of the places that you need to go for the classes don't help you with the understanding of how they want the assingment done. They just give you definitions of the words used in the assignment. I have had the opportunity of working with four very helpful people at WGU. They were the only nice thing about my experience at WGU. I have asked to be dis enrolled from my classes over two weeks ago and my mentor just contacts me to let her know what I want to do. It was self explanatory to me and it should have been to her. DIS ENROLL ME! Please check into a school more thoroughly and do not attend if the money for schooling is cheap. This will not help you in your studies.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 9, 2010 (email verified)

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I love WGU I absolutely love attending WGU. I have been doing classes for over a year now. I travel for work. Some weeks I have 30 hours to study. Other weeks I have 5. WGU lets me work the way I need to and still have a job and a family. I am blown away by how much I am learning. You have to be self-motivated. You have to work hard. If you do, the payoff is great. I love my mentor an having the entire university on my laptop. There is a reason Bill Gates loves this program!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 1, 2010 (email verified)

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What would have happended without WGU After completing my degree I must say that I am grateful for my experience there. Sure it IS NOT a traditional school but that's what I needed. Having just finished we will see what employers and future schools (i want an MBA) say about it. I do know this. Working 48 hours a week, having a baby and a wife, full time religious responsibilities do not lend much extra time for school. Particularly schools in which thats all I can do. I worked my butt off and now I am a COLLEGE GRADUATE. Yes, the mentors over different courses can be difficult to contact but they do contact you. Again this school is for those who are shakers-and-movers. If you want something call, email then call/email again. I can not begin to express how grateful I am for my degree and my experience here. Things do change often at the university, they change in the real world too. What makes these changes welcome is they are always trying to improve, get more people/organizations/states behind them. Indiana just announced that they will now accept STATE Funding as it is now considered a STATE school there. What a great school trying to give everyone a chance to go to school at a price that you wont owe money to your parents or uncle sam for the rest of your life. In summary WGU has one or two faults but it gets it right 99% of the time if you want it too.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Value, Great School I began my first semester at WGU only four months ago, I have already completed nine classe4s and have three to go before graduating. WGU was the most affordable online university that I could find, the cost is about $3,000 for a 6 month semester. The classes are competency based and you work at your own pace. When I first started I was determined to finish my Bachelors degree in 6 months ( I already have an Associates.) My first "mentor" told me it was impossible and cannot be done. I was discouraged and disappointed with the tactics of the mentor so I dropped out. Threee months later I went back and was given a new mentor, he is great! He told me with hard work anything is possible and did not tell me that something was "impossible". The course mentors (professors) are great. I had n umerous phone calls with one professor and he was very helpful. If you are determined and motivated, you can definitely succeed at WGU. There are no deadline ar attendance checks so you have to manage you time and set up you own schedule. I would reccommmend WGU.
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Grimloki (In Progress) on June 16, 2010 (email verified)

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Success at WGU is self determined WGU provides a progressive educational model that removes logistic and financial barriers in education. It's different, so different that for some it's exceptional, and for others a bad choice. You must be motivated, diligent, and able to work within what is largely a self guided program of study. If you can study on your own and pass a test, you can do well here. If you are driven, you can accomplish great things here. I've been able to go from a freshman to a junior and I'm still in my first term. I hope to graduate 10 months after transferring in with 15 credits. I've finally found a place in which I can work to my potential. Check out the folks on linkedin with a WGU degree to see a sample of the alumni. And I don't have to compromise my lifestyle to do it. WGU, like life, is what you make of it.
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Bandcpeterson (In Progress) on June 16, 2010 (email verified)

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BP WGU requires you to put your head down and force yourself to keep moving forward. You are your own teacher and must motivate yourself to move, even when frustrated, or you'll never get through it. If you can do this then you will do well at WGU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 11, 2010 (email verified)

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Graduating with Masters in Ed Studies WGU is a solid online education, more solid then those traditional schools I have attended. The work is challenging and mentors expect you to put in effort. If you enroll looking for an easy way to get a degree fast - this isnt the place for you. I believe that most people that complain, really have no desire to put forth effort - just want an easy way out and couldnt find it at WGU!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Last resort only... After reading some of the reviews here, it seems that some people have been a little rash to post. Either they HATE WGU, or love it. This is a comprehensive review from a WGU graduate. I have a BSIT from WGU and have just withdrew from the WGU MBA program. I don't hold WGU in any regard, it's a good school for those who have no other option. But remember, almost every State University now has distance education programs. You might want to look into those before considering WGU. WGU's learning model is very unique. It's all self paced, flat fee for a semester. I used WGU to get my B.S. in IT. WGU for me has paid off very well. I work at a fortune 50 IT company and was hired on as a college new hire as soon as I graduated. But they didn't recruit me from WGU, I worked as a contractor first. So yes, companies do recognize WGU. However, a WGU degree will limit your career. I am looking into moving to a senior management level and was denied. I wasn't told why, but my mentor looked into it and told me that the company will never put someone into a senior (junior executive) position who only has an "online only university" degree. Too much politics. Ok, no problem. I'll just enroll in a State University and do a few classes and get my 2nd B.S. degree. ZERO CLASSES TRANSFERRED. No state university will accept any credits from WGU. They degree is recognized fine, but no classes will transfer. In order for me to get my 2nd B.S. I have to complete 90 credits. The 30 credit that did transfer were from my Associates degree from a community college. So, yes you can learn a lot Yes it is fully accredited. Yes it can be inexpensive to get a B.S. degree Yes it is online. NO - Your credits will not transfer out of WGU People may deny you promotions based on the fact that nothing separates you from any other student. No difference between someone who gets all 60% on ever test and the person who gets 100%. NO - You probably will not get a job as soon as you graduate. Big companies recruit out of state universities and private colleges. Those are the top picks. It is a good school, you will learn a lot. Getting a B.S. from here beats not having one, and it will open up doors; however, it may shut some as well. Remember, check your state colleges and see if they have distance education. Here are some that do : East Carolina University, Penn State, UMass, University of Wyoming, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Colorado Tech, Ohio State, University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytech, Worcester Polytech. All these schools are state or private tier 1 schools.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 1, 2010 (email verified)

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WGU is Great and HARD! WGU is a good school if you are self motivated. It's easy to "Say" you're self motivated, but when it comes to deciding whether or not you should read your assignment and write your paper or .... play with your kids, do some laundry, watch TV...etc etc....you may find that you're not as self motivated as you may think. I think one of the reasons people stop attending WGU is it's HARD! You have to read A LOT! Then, you have to write a paper afterwards. These papers are not simple regurgitation of the facts but more subjective essays you write after reflecting on your readings. It is time consuming and HARD. It's hard to think about and it's hard to take the time to complete the tasks. I have my undergrad from a bricks and mortor school and am currently getting my masters from WGU. Another big difference I can tell between the two is that you can B.S. your way through many classes at a bricks and mortor school. I know I did. I also know you can't BS your way through an essay at WGU, I tried... and had to rework it. I also vehement disagree that WGU only wants your money. I am taking the SLOW route to get my degree (I have found that I'm NOT very self motivated). My mentor actually suggested that I take a break from my education for a term to get my priorities straight instead of paying for another term and not making any progress. I didn't take her up on the suggestion and instead I was assigned another mentor for time/course management. (and that helped A LOT!!!! )
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Kristydunn924 (Graduate) on June 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Build on your strong foundation of knowledge/exp I'm about to graduate from WGU in June 2010 with a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management. My background includes several years of management experience and a brick & mortar undergraduate degree in business and social sciences. Because I brought a foundation of knowledge to the program, I was prepared to work and learn independently without seeking a classroom experience. Because I believe my academic objectives strongly match WGU's model, I am thriving as a student and quite happy overall. My only disappointment comes from the flat 3.0 GPA that everyone has due to the pass/fail grading at the B level.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 31, 2010 (email verified)

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Not for everyone This school is not for everyone. I attended for a year and a half in the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (k-8) program and paid an awful lot of money for the type of education that was provided. I learned what I learned on my own, "teaching" by a professional teacher was pretty much non-existent (MENTORS ARE NOT TEACHERS!). The help I received was from fellow students that many times were just as confused as I was. This is a great program for someone that is already in the educational field but NOT for anyone that is NEW to Elementary Education. Overall I would not recommend this program. Conventional schooling provides a far better educational experience as far as I'm concerned. This was a waste of time for me. Be careful before you waste your money and precious time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent School I enrolled at WGU in December 2008, and I have nothing but positive experiences. My mentor is wonderful, and truly seems to care about my progress at WGU. I find the course work challenging and relevant to my course of study. I love the competency based platform. I have many years of work experience in HR, and find some courses much easier to complete than others due to that experience. I do not think that a degree from WGU is a joke. I feel like the negative comments are made by those few who couldn't cut it, didn't have what it takes to make it work. I would recommend WGU to anyone. When I finally earn my degree, I will not hesitate to tell anyone that I received it from WGU.
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Mikehoza (In Progress) on May 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Money first, student last Started the program in 2006, withdrew in 2010. Three mentors, numerous graders and no progress in the last year. Promises made by the mentors were false, causing me to lose time and money. Grading was objective, only passing when you got the right grader. Graders strung the program out, wondering if they are compensated by making the program longer that what is needed. Save your money and avoid this ripoff!
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Csigirl (In Progress) on May 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Love WGU I am floored by the bad reviews. This is my first semester at WGU and my second online school. WGU is not for the student that doesn't want to work hard and/or find it difficult to be self disciplined. You absolutely have to be a self motivator. The mentors are very helpful and keep onto of your progress. I have not purchased any books, all the books are online in Tasksream or Course Compass. WGU is one of the cheapest schools and a really great price for a great education. You have to work really hard all test are proctored. My other school I barely had to pick up a book to study, since all the exams were open book. When I leave WGU I will have a great education!!! If I had to write any bad thing about WGU, it would be that it is a little difficult to understand the procedures at first, but I caught on by the second class. Ellie
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Bill_oconnell (Graduate) on April 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Great for Self disciplined Students This is a great program for motivated students. Although there is plenty of support, you will get out of it what you put in. You can't beat the price if you take advantage of their "pay for time not credits" policy. The material available is extensive, although typically the material they send you can be insufficient alone if you are coming in with no prior experience. They provide access to many other forms of online study/learning material, but you have to search for it yourself. Although there are no formal teachers, there are mentors in each area of study and they are helpful and responsive. You have an assigned mentor who acts as an advisor and motivator throughout your program. The value is outstanding if you take advantage of it. I can understand how some individuals may have a hard time if they can't devote the time or push themselves to complete work on their own. They use a variety of technologies from online study material, videos, chat programs, forums, and interactive simulations. This is truly a "you get out what you put in" university.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 13, 2010 (email verified)

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You'll get out of it what you put into it I found the material in the MBA program to be immediately useful in my professional life. WGU is not easy, there are many papers to write, projects to complete, reading to do, and exams to pass. If you're looking for an easy MBA this is not it. If you're looking for something that has value and relevance and are willing to work hard, WGU is something you should strongly consider.
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Wes.jenkins (In Progress) on April 6, 2010 (email verified)

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What you put into it. I have taken courses both in a brick and mortar University and online elsewhere. Western Governors offers a challenging series of courses that require dedication to complete successfully. It is important that the person taking courses at WGU be computer savvy-as everything is done using the web. I am very pleased with my experience at WGU and would definitely recommend it. I suspect those that posted tough reviews of this institution actually found navigating the necessary tasks to be difficult. That cannot be blamed on the University but rather the student. I am learning a good deal of information at this University-and the mentor is incredibly supportive and helpful. Being self motivated is critical-if you are not-do not go to this University. I strongly recommend Western Governors.
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Jenfarls (In Progress) on April 5, 2010 (email verified)

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They want your $$- Not based on competency A rip off! You get what you pay for! I have a B.A. and a M.S. in other subjects, but wanted to get an elementary teaching certification. WGU told me that I would have to complete about 20 prerequisite credits before even enrolling in the teaching cert program (International Baccalaureate credits are not accepted, either). You also cannot roll into the teaching cert program until after you completed the 6 month prerequisite program. The majority of the required credits had duplicate content of undergrad and grad courses I have taken at other universities. They want your money and it is a farce that they say the program is based on competency (only if you pay for their courses!). They did not tell me about this until after I paid to have 3 transcripts sent to WGU and paid their online nonrefundable application fee ($65). I spent 6 weeks and over $100 trying to get answers and replies before giving up on the program. In addition, the enrollment counselor would take at least 2 weeks to respond to my emails and phone calls. I never did receive a response from inquiries with the transcript evaluation department. Poor, poor service. You are a number to them, not a person!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 31, 2010 (email verified)

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It's not a skate I'm surprised by all the negative reviews, myself. I've not had an issue with Taskstream... they send things back within a few days, including on weekends. My mentor is sort of... *meh*... but I don't really need a cheerleader. Some of the lecture material is better than others (I'm a fan of thinkwell, myself)... but as far as a good use of my time, this is excellent. I'm not sitting in a class while other students ask inane questions, I'm studying and learning on my own at my own pace. I know that my state accepts WGU degrees for teaching, and I know that the local middle school accepts student teachers from WGU. The tasks are not easy (and not what I would call 'busy work'... you ARE supposed to demonstrate that you know the material, after all). I have previously attended the University of Texas and many of the classes I've had at WGU have been at least as challenging as those at UT, if not more. In addition, they accepted most of my previous college work, allowing me to skip all but a few pre-reqs. I would and do recommend this school to anyone who asks. :)
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Khuseman (In Progress) on March 27, 2010 (email verified)

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Love it! I was able to complete my BSN in 4 months. I found the independent learning to be a perfect fit for me. I did not feel as though I was "Spinning my wheels" in a classroom. I could work at my own pace, and complete as much as I could in a short period of time. My mentor was great! I found taskstream turnaround time to be about 2 days! I am now about halfway through my MSN program. I feel i am learning more by writing papers than by taking tests in a traditional school. I hghly recommend this school!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 18, 2010 (email verified)

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It Is What You Make It An online education and experience isn't for everyone. Consider this when you read these reviews. For me, WGU has worked well. My employer respects the University enough to offer me educational assistance. Independent, online learning works great for someone like me who like to work alone and is very motivated. I have been fortunate to have a great mentor, so far. I won't complete my degree for almost a year though. I am thrilled, of course, with the cost of the University. For of the work is easy. Some is more difficult. In a situation like this, I think, you get what you put in to it. I study hard and over learn. That's what I am pursuing a degree for. I put a lot of effort into my papers. I find the assessments to be very similar to the pre-assessments. So far, so good for me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 4, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Program I started WGU in 2008 and have been very pleased. I teach in Kentucky, where a Masters Degree is eventually required to continue being a licensed teacher. Being accredited by NCATE, WGU is accepted in KY. I have learned more about research and instructional design in this program than I learned at a Major "brick and mortar" University for undergrad. I recommend to people who are self-motivated to work. If you don't want to study and work, WGU isn't for you. It is rigorous. This being said, I work full-time as a teacher, have a wife and two kids, and still am able to make this program work. I find some of the negative reviews hard to believe, considering how good my experience has been.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Love WGU I love this school! I'm a working mom with 5 kids. I got my BA in teaching through WGU about 4 years ago and I've been teaching 3 years. I thought my education was high quality. The only downside is that you don't get all the "state" education tips that you would if you went to a local school. I am now in my Master's program. If you are very dedicated and spend a TON of time- you can move through very quickly. I started 3 months ago and I'll be finished with my entire Master's degree in 3 more months. 6 months and one term paid for... $3000. Not bad. With WGU, time is money- the faster you push yourself, the cheaper it is. They have no limitations on the amount of classes you can take. It's a hard school, but if you're good at writing, you'll do great. It's been wonderful for my busy and hectic soccer mom schedule.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 27, 2010 (email verified)

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scam!!! The worst experenice in my life. I had technical problems, mentor problems, and they kept putting me in the wrong classed. In almost a year I learned nothing. I am switching to a real university, but they are still making problems for me by claming I still owe them money. For what? they didn't do anything for me.
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Vanquig (In Progress) on February 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Online Education - Are You a Fit? I have been attending WGU for 2.5 yrs now and will be graduating this year. Due to living in a rural area, online learning was very attractive to me. I have also attended a "traditional" classroom university and find that the materials are comparable, though I can only speak to my degree path. I thoroughly enjoy WGU and would recommend them to anyone. However, the one thing to remember with an all online course structure is it is self-directed. You will not have people holding your hand, but you will have the support and the tools you'll need. You must have the passion and focus to get the tasks completed. Not everyone is a good fit so please ensure you have done some serious self-reflection or you will set yourself up for failure. Good luck in all your education endeavors!
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Dougverge1 (In Progress) on February 1, 2010 (email verified)

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No good for 5 states Iowa and 4 other states that do not have reciprocity you should check with your state board of education. Iowa DOES NOT accept degrees from WGU as of right now. I asked them and they new of WGU and a few other schools that did competence based credits. Meaning if you get a degree from WGU currently you can NOT teach in the state of IOWA. However they are currently working on a program on how to evaluate these degrees and what to do with them. It sounded like they have had enough of these degrees that attempted to get certified that they are now working on a process on how to evaluate theses degrees and what needs to be done with them. Found out it will be August '10 before anything is vetted on this subject. Meaning, what a graduate will need to do to get his certificate once he has gotten an online degree from a school like WGU. As for me, I will wait until then to see what they will require, and anyone in these states should find out too. Would love to hear from anyone in Iowa that has gone through this, and what they have heard etc. Thanks
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Rreuling (Graduate) on January 28, 2010 (email verified)

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Challenging yet Achievable I just finished my BS in Information Technology (Network Design and Management focus) in 2.5 years. Overall the program was challenging. I previously had gone to a traditional university and I found the level of work at WGU comparable. I learned more at WGU though, I contribute this to the fact that I'm in my early 30s now and much more mature. Having to pay the bill yourself helps as well. This is not a school for the unmotivated. It's very easy to let life get in the way since there are no set class times and you have to work at your own pace. If you have a tendency to get distracted and procrastinate you will struggle. Like any school a few of the classes I had to take (Critical Thinking and Reasoning comes to mind) I abolutely despised, so pushing through them was difficult but I did get it done. Note that like in life not all of what you need to do is spelled out for you! Some classes give very simple instructions and it's up to you to learn how to construct your replies and answers. The forums can be a great help for this, along with the mentors, but again it is completely up to you. Some of the graders were a bit perplexing at times, I don't remember a time in school from first grade on up that I've agreed with every grade I have gotten, but at least at WGU I was provided feedback and could then make the corrections needed. This is no cakewalk school, you get from it what you put into it. It is regionally and nationally accredited, which was important to me; and it is most definitely NOT a diploma mill. I can't comment on the financial aid side of the house since I didn't use it. I did transfer credits in and did not have a problem, although like any other school at a lot of my past work did not count. This is pretty common folks so you can't hold that against the school, the whole school to school transfer situation in the US is pretty much completely undefined. My mentor was great and was able to help me navigate the school and what I needed to do. Overall it was a great experience for a student like me. I consider myself a well-motivated adult learner with a busy job (IT manager, so I work a lot of hours) so WGU's competency-based model was a great fit for my situation.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 22, 2010 (email verified)

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I Love WGU I love WGU, I was given a gift by finding out about this school, I graduated last week and I'm so thankful. the courses were well designed and my mentor was perfect. I see some of the negative comments and I feel for the people that are not able to learn without an instructor to hold their hand...
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Solid and economical --really. I would recommend WGU, absolutely. It's not very well known, but has put together programs that will challenge you and make sure you know your stuff. I could not find another online school of this caliber in this price range-- and I looked long and hard. The flexibility is a real plus... I work hard when I want to, and take breaks as needed. Can't say much more than that.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Great School I think that WGU is a great school. The mentors are great, easy to get a hold of and very helpful. The material can be challenging, but it should be considering this is college level material. If you do your work, it is easily doable.
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Bseidel (In Progress) on January 8, 2010 (email verified)

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A Lot of Work, but Worth It I am a certificated teacher with an MAEd in elementary education and went back to school to acquire the ELL endorsement for my teaching license. This program is extremely challenging and it takes a very dedicated and disciplined person to complete the course work. Cons: Many people will not be able to keep up with the course load due to a lack of self-discipline. The assignments are not always clear and that can be frustrating. Some of the assignments address things that I will never encounter in my career. Pros: This is completely online and I can work at my own pace. I am a self-learner and get frustrated when I have to sit in a classroom with other students who do not care about their education. The tuition is inexpensive but the school is fully accredited and accepted in my state. I can always redo a portion of an assignment (never had to redo a portion of an assignment more than one time)if I misunderstood what it was asking for and my graded work has always been returned to me within 36 hours (unless its a weekend). Overall, I am happy with my education thus far with WGU. It is a TON of work, but the endorsement is educationally sound.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Best Edcuational Experience I will say that this was the most challenging program ever. It is not a FREE ride if you are not ready to devote 20 hours minimal a week in completing work then don't even bother. However it is a univiersity were the only way you do not succeed is if you fell to try. I love the wealth of information available. The wealth of materials and the inexpensive Tuition was the best. You get out what you put in and what you put in is what you pay for. If you dont want to work you will spend alot if you are a hard worker you can spend half of what you would spend in a regular on line course. The mentors were the best support of all! Having someone to answer your questions and provide you ongoing support is something I will never forget. Also havign the opportunity to redo assignments when I did not understand it the first time was also a GOD sent gift. I would recommend this program to anyone that really dont have the time to sit in class. I will say the cohort seemed to be a waste of time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 25, 2009 (email verified)

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WGU is for real! I am currently attending WGU and I cannot honestly believe some of what I am seeing! I wonder how many of these people who are so down on WGU are either lazy, or bombed out and have a attitude. Our state fully accepts the BA IDS degree form WGU. My wife, who went to a "brick and mortar" university and has her teaching degree, said from what she has seen of my WGU tasks and coursework she thinks I'll be better prepared for Praxis II and teaching in general. She was impressed. WGU is somewhat self paced and I have never had mentor problems, slow responses or long waits on tasks to be graded. I honestly do not know where some of these people are coming from.
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Matthew.leffler (In Progress) on December 9, 2009 (email verified)

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From a Real Student So I am nearing the end of my BS at WGU and looking around at online graduate programs. I want my next school to be 100% WGU but am interested in getting my second degree from a different place. Just thought two degrees from the same place wasn't as impressive. Thats the only reason I'm looking and the more I look the more i think I am going back to WGU. In online education it is hard to find "nonprofit" institutions. I think the negative I saw about my school is probably the for profit schools trying to rip off students or people who didn't want an accredited experience.
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Emaxklein (Graduate) on November 30, 2009 (email verified)

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Great for the independent learner I went to both brick-and-morter and online schools. I learned the same amount at WGU as I did when I went to Pitt. The difference is the amount of teacher interaction. I prefer being a completely independent learner seeking little input or guidance from the instructor. I prefer to be given a mission and to "find a way" to complete it successfully on your own. This describes WGU. Some people will just not be able to handle this and need frequent motivational, intructional interaction or just general hand-holding (as you may have at a brick-and-morter school). Those people will be very disapppointed. Just make sure your personality fits this school before you apply and have a bad experience. This is why the reviews are so extreme so far....it either works for you or it doesn't. It worked for me and it has helped me significantly in my job. Thanks!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 13, 2009 (email verified)

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Education of a LifeTime I’d no intention of writing a review today. But when I came across some of the reviews here, I decided to reply. If your motivating question is "How quickly can I pass with as little effort as possible?", do WGU, its students & yourself a favor … MOVE ON! WGU is not for you. Or, frankly, for any reviewer talking about color books, too easy tests , bouncing from mentor to mentor looking for one who will tell them the answers, or who don't bother to read instructions (on financial aid pages or elsewhere). To reviewers who complain materials are confusing.... WELL, DUH! The materials ARE often confusing! Expect it! That happens to me each time I’m unfamiliar with content...and need to learn it. If it's clear at 1st glance, chances are there are experiences in my background that made it so. That’s what a competency based model is all about. Don't waste another minute. Pass it! Move on! WGU lets you handcraft your program to fit your goals. Use their course of study as a base, and build from there. My focus has been international and virtual education. Because I am in charge of how and where I use my time at WGU, I was able to pack up my program and take it to a real-time second grade class in China, while still studying virtually in the states. Go ahead ... Name ANY other online teachers college that insists you have tons of supervised in-school experiences before walking into your student teaching classroom ...AND supports you in finding that opportunity! What other university gives you weekly personal mentor support when you need it AND leaves you to study undisturbed for a month when you don't? Having gotten to the 'almost completed' point three other times ... and having to start over because brick & mortars can't accommodate family moves ... I've sufficient experience to make a comparison of WGU, brick & mortars and other online universities. For example, I've human development courses from 4 colleges (non-transfer policies at all). WGU's course is more academically rigorous than that at the state university, more unbiased than the expensive private university, and totally lacking in any of the irrelevant busy work demanded by a highly rated online university. WGU's course did seem a bit hodge-podge at first glance, but it didn't take long to see it was because they were pulling the most relevant materials from multiple learning sources. I reiterate here what other reviewers have already said. If you are a self-motivated learner who is busy working a full time job, raising a family and still want to attend full time... or if you are a full time student who is willing to work hard to accelerate through a 4 year degree in as little as a year ... WGU is for you. Otherwise... choose elsewhere. No Teachers -10 because WGU teaches you to teach yourself.
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Katerinapeltier (In Progress) on October 21, 2009

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will recomend only for self regulated learners! I would recomend this University only to self motivated learners. You will not get much help from the "teachers" and you will write and write and write one paper after another. However, it is duable if you have the time to study and are dedicated. I was told that my degree will take me 2 years, and now am going on year 3, taking over 14 semester hours each time. Did not like my first mentor, however, was assigned new one and she is wonderful!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 4, 2009

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Complete waste of time! I have been enrolled in the interdisciplinary K-8 program for a year now. I too have endured mentor changes, course changes and no support from the community leaders/mentors. The tasks are tedious and inconsistent. MOst of which have to be submitted and resubmitted several times before they are passed. They take forever to grade. The course work does not match up with the text information. I too have found that the information that was in my coursework was not the same information I was tested on. I am planning on withdrawing from this program and finding a more traditional program. I would NOT recommend this program to anyone. It is a colossal waste of time and money!
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Knbrazil (Graduate) on October 2, 2009 (email verified)

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Incredibly Positive Experience with WGU If you're looking for a quick, easy degree you don't have to work for, you'll be disappointed in WGU. If you're looking for a degree you work hard to earn and you can be proud of, and if you are capable of thinking and performing at a graduate level, WGU just might be the school for you. I absolutely loved it. My only regret (I did both undergrad and grad school at WGU) is that they do not offer doctoral programs. However, I certainly had no trouble getting into a doctoral program as a WGU grad.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 7, 2009 (email verified)

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I have liked it so far I just started, but I have been doing online coursework for a while. The only difference is that there is no structured due dates. I like this because it gives me the freedom to choose what I want to work on and when. I have to be self-disciplined, but it is worth it. I do have one complaint. The financial aid department needs to have written policies about when and how students are awarded financial aid. I was in the dark for the first month of my program. It would have been nice to have policy that stated it would take at least thirty days after starting and I had have a pass for EWB before I could be awarded. Instead I would call and get the runaround. It was very frustrating because I use financial aid for books and other costs.
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Edwardla (In Progress) on September 4, 2009

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Exceptional school! A+! I don't understand why people are saying bad things about this school. I have attended so many college and/or university from the past, and WGU is one of the best! Easy to pass assessments?! Are you kidding? WGU assessments come in many forms, and they are certainly not just multiple choice questions. And with the multiple choice assessments, they still remain on moderate college level. The degree itself is respected everywhere with support from large corporations in USA and it has received full accreditation. It is one of the very few non-profit and private universities, so tuition itself is an attraction. This university is highly recommended!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 19, 2009 (email verified)

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Masters - Learning & Technology Like anything else, you get out what you put in. I just started my second term and I have found that the program has challenged me without overwhelming me. I also can feel myself growing more muscular everyday in my job as I put the knowledge that I am gaining straight to work. I am eager to keep going!
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Sherrystarling (In Progress) on August 16, 2009 (email verified)

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The Best School for Me I can never understand why people are so spiteful on these review boards. If you messed up with a program, don't roast it and turn away newcomers! I know the first time I attended college it didn't work out, but it was MY fault, not theirs. Now that I went with WGU in spite of the reviews I am so happy with my experience. Have I been ticked off at times? Yes, but no more hassels with any other school. I would never been able to finish my degree at a traditional college, but I am more than halfway through and extreemely satisfied. You HAVE to work and you will have deadlines. And for teachers in texas and all states: If you go to school in one state (Utah for WGU) you also have to CERTIFY in the state you want to teach in. It's the same for people who go to college out of state and then move back home. It is standard operating procedure.
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Redstar1619 (Graduate) on August 11, 2009 (email verified)

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Can be great but not for everyone first of all - WGU is NOT for everyone - WGU is a compliment to experienced professionals lacking degree credentials. It will benefit the person who has good english. math skills already and who is willing to study very hard ON THIER OWN. A person who has been in an industy such as IT - is a good example. WGU may be weak if you have never been in IT for example. Why give the school horrible ratings when it did not work for you - do you give your past school a poor rating as well because you could not finish it either. WGU works for those prepared and understand career compliment - and wholly self movitivated or do you work for the other online schools - mostly the latter since anyone can put up a horrible review. WGU is the future model - compentency based testing on any level is honorable.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 27, 2009 (email verified)

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WGU is TOPS!! There are a lot of wonderful things I can say about WGU. In fact I said a lot of wonderful things about the school on another review site only to discover that the site was biased and/or "possibly" started by a competing institution. I will simply say that my experience has been wonderful. It is a wonderful University for those who are serious about learning and are able to working in an independent learning environment. For those of you who require a little more attention thee are the community learning threads, frequent chats, live call in sessions, the wgu student hot line and your mentor is always handy. Give the university a call. You will be glad that you did! Much Success
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Stevenclphillips (Graduate) on July 21, 2009 (email verified)

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Very Satisfied Student I have to say that I am extremely pleased with Western Governors University. There have been fewer problems with administration than either of the two community colleges that I have attended. In one case, I had to drive to the campus of one college to take a test in the library, on a Sunday! In the other case, I spent a thousand dollars on tuition and books for an operating system that was being eliminated by the vendors. As an IT grad, I appreciate the continually updated subjects - why should I pay good money for obsolete tech? One CC was teaching Windows 2000 long after Windows XP had replaced it! The problem with the learning resources(if you could call it that) is there is a plethora of material available. This is for a number of reasons. For example, I have a strong background in operating systems. Most of the learning resources were unneeded by myself, because I am familiar with the subject. Others may not be so familiar and would require a course, offered through the University, as well as other material, offered through Skillsoft and Safari Online. As was mentioned in other reviews, WGU is non-profit - they want to see you succeed and have no desire to "string you along". As was also mentioned in other reviews, I earned this degree - WGU is not interested in being a diploma mill - and I had no intention of buying a vanity degree. Sitting down to take a Microsoft or Sun certification test requires that you know the material thoroughly, otherwise, you will not pass. No BSing the teacher for a higher grade here! Maybe Taskstream can be frustrating at times, but I've had the same problems with other colleges too. On-line learning is harder than sitting in a classroom. Would I recommend WGU to another prospective student? I would and have. First of all, as a non-profit college, I can get a high quality education, while not paying for superfluous, peripheral "benefits". Why pay for supporting a football team, when what I need is cost-effective, time-effective, skill-building education? I need a degree program that works with my schedule, instead of forcing me (and my family) into an artificial schedule of classwork on top of a full time career. That was the case, even with the online courses at the community colleges, but WGU allowed me to work in my home, at MY speed, instead at of the glacial pace of the brick and mortar schools. I wish I had known about WGU earlier. I would have had my degree in three years, instead of wasting time in a classroom. Am I a shill for Western Governors University? No, just a satisfied graduate!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 19, 2009 (email verified)

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WGU IS WONDERFUL! On June 15, 2009, someone calling themselves anonymous said to not trust WGU because Texas does not recognize the degree. I am currently a 3rd year student at WGU and I am from Texas. Texas DOES recognize the degree. I am sorry that you received incorrect information. The only thing that Texas does not recognize is the teacher certification. Once you complete the WGU program and have taken the Utah state exams, you will have a bachelor's degree and a teacher certification, but the teacher certification will be for the State of Utah. You will have to file for what they call reciprocity in Texas. You can obtain a temporary teacher certification for the State of Texas when you complete the program. Then you are required to take the Texas state exams within a year to be certified in Texas. So, yes Texas does recognize the degree from WGU, just an extra step has to be taken for the teacher certification process. Hope this clears things up. I am COMPLETELY happy with my experience at WGU and would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 18, 2009

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Mentor doesn't care, just a cheerleader for school Any concern that I have had about studying at WGU has been discredited by my so-called mentor. Any problem that I have mentioned has been ignored. I have also been called crazy by this mentor. It sounds like the mentor is reading from a script with rebuttals. The remarks are the typical remarks that are supposedly posted here by students who are very satisfied with WGU. The rebuttals to my concerns have been: WGU is the greatest value, you have to work hard just like anything else in life, I can't do the work for you, I have students who finish in 6 months with 9 kids, if they can do it you can do it. I don't recall ever asking anybody for a handout and I don't appreciate that my stated facts about my own experience at WGU have been poo-pooed. I have never been to an organization that treats their customers so poorly.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 10, 2009

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Makin it happen So I'm in my 2nd year at WGU n I love it...yeah u have to work hard n yeah it takes a while. When you have a family n a full time job you do what you can. My mentor is good, if she doesn't know something finds out quickly n responds. I don't know a damn thing about business but with the websites they give you that go along with the books it all comes together. You have to work at it like anything else in life.
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Jennifershampton (In Progress) on July 9, 2009

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Works For Me I am mid way through my degree with WGU and I have had nothing but good experiences. My mentor is extremely helpful, responds quickly and answers all questions. I have done very well on the proctored exams and scored high on each one. I am a good student, but even for those who are not the best at studying, everyone works with you and helps you along. I could have never gotten this degree for this price and with this flexibility anywhere else. I highly recommend.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 15, 2009 (email verified)

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Not Informative Enough...Underhanded I found this "university" and thought that my prayers were answered in being able to get a Bachelor's/Teaching Certification online. Enrollment counselor contacted me immediately and talked up all the perks and wanted to get the ball rolling immediately, as did I. DO NOT TRUST THESE PEOPLE. The information they give are half truths and selective. I did research and found out that My state board of teacher certification, Texas by the way for all you Texans, will not recognize a Bachelor's Degree from WGU! This is information that an Enrollment counselor from that university should know! She did not, or either did not volunteer that she knew, and I was almost done with the process of enrolling. CAUTION, check with your local State Board of Education to see if they accept this school before you get sucked into their program. You will save yourself a big headache...not to mention a bunch of work for a useless degree. Ratings that are higher than 1 are because either I didn't get far enough to experience those things. The only one that is rated that I did experience besides the 1's was value, the institution is cheap...but you get what you pay for.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 6, 2009 (email verified)

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WGU - A Good Education and a Great Value I am a graduate of the College of Business at WGU and after over 25 years of industry experience in Marketing Management I can verify that the educational standards and course of study at WGU are comprehensive and relevant. During my career I had attained the position of Director of Business Development, without a Bachelors degree, at a division of a $20B global leading manufacturer of aerospace electronics. Most of my peers hold undergrad and graduate degrees and as such advancement beyond the Director of BD level was unlikely. I graduated with a BS in Marketing Management and I am now pursuing an MBA at WGU and I am now a VP of Marketing and Sales. I accomplished the completion of the degree, received the promotion and I am continuing studies in the MBA program only two years after initially enrolling at WGU in the Spring of 2007 with only 25 credits transferred. WGU is relevant, credible, accelerated and a great value.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 4, 2009

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So far so good I am finishing my first semester at WGU and I have to say I am very impressed. The price is right, supports military families like my own, and the mentors are fantastic. Classes aren't easy but not overly difficult and essays and papers are no harder than at any other university. I went to a school that graded on a curve for my BS and I am glad that this school doesn't do that. I have completed 15 units already being a stay at home mom with two kids. It takes work but is totally doable! I highly recommend!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 29, 2009

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HORRIBLE THIS UNIVERSITY IS NOT A REPUTABLE OR ONE OF INTEGRITY! This university does like to work with students. They are in a constant state of change and will change policies and classes mid stream. The professors will not offer and advice or encouragment and will instruct you to refer to your mentor for answers. Beware of scholarships offered, they will not give you a scholarship in full, however, they will give you an allotement and then take the money away, because of policies that are not stated up front. Professors do not read any work submitted to thier online bulletinboard and a computer reads works and generates reports that will wrongly accuse you of plagerism, because something was quoted correctly. This university does not follow thru on any thing and addresses concerns or questions once to passify, then it is put into a drawer and forgotten until the student addresses it, then many excuses will be made and again passification will be attempted. This school was an awful experience and I would NEVER reccommend this to anyone seeking a reputable university.
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Sal_velasco (In Progress) on May 28, 2009

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Current MBA/IT student I would select this school again. Very inexpensive and regionally accredited.
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Jennifer.butler27 (In Progress) on May 21, 2009

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TERRIBLE If you are a VA don't even think about going to this school. I have not received my VA benefits for 3 months due to errors in their processing and finacial aid department. Now after a year of going to school they just took back some of my financial aid saying I was getting to much because of my GI Bill. My GI Bill is not for tuition it is for living expenses and my family depends on it right now. DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER THEM IF YOU ARE GOING TO NEED FINANCIAL AID, THE OFFICE IS TERRIBLE.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 12, 2009

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Great Value & Support WGU is a wonderful school but fact check before you believe everything written below. All evaluators and mentors have BAs and most have MAs. Previous reviews that stated to the contrary are completely false. Also note that this is a non profit university so people who are insinuating WGU is stringing students along for money are a bit paranoid. Unlike Phoenix or Capella, their bottom line is fulfilling their mission to provide equal access to education for all. But do note that while this school is competency based, it doesn't translate into direct credit for your experience- you still need to demonstrate competency by passing assessments. They are currently doing a complete overhaul of their transfer policies for the BA programs to make them more friendly to students with previous academic experience and re structuring the assessments to reduce repetition with tasks in Task Stream. Your mentor is your best support system and can provide motivation and direction, but your education is still your responsibility and if you tend to procrastinate and not do well without strict deadlines, think about this choice carefully. WGU is also providing content mentors to assist with specific content over the phone and online so there is more academic support for students who need it. They are also the only online school to offer teacher certification in all 50 states in an NCATE accredited program. Do your homework before committing, but WGU is the way to go for busy adults who are COMMITTED to getting a degree and can manage their own learning.
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Wedmonds316 (In Progress) on May 1, 2009 (email verified)

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Good so far... I think that the school is excellent. For one I like the school because it is affordable and not over priced. And secondly I like the school because the reputation that it has is better than UofP, DeVry, and some of the other schools. Another reason I like the school is because of the structure of the degree programs. I will be able to finish my degree sooner than what I thought. Especially the way it allows you to move at your own pace. That is excellent. I love the mentor. Everything is going well. I would recommend this school to my best of friends!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 30, 2009

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VERY SATISFIED I AM CURRENTLY IN MY FIRST TERM AT WGU. I HAVE TO SAY I WAS VERY NERVOUS GOING INTO THIS VENTURE BECAUSE OF THE STUDENT LOANS ETC. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER WITH HOW THINGS ARE GOING. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAY AT HOME ANYTHING TO GO HERE. I WORK A 40 HOUR WEEK AND GO OUT ON THE WEEKENDS WITH FRIENDS AND STILL HAVE TIME TO DO SCHOOL WORK. ITS CALLED MAKING IT WORK PEOPLE. READ WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO, COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENTS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO IN TASKSTREAM, WHICH IS WHAT ALL THE COLLEGES I KNOW OF USE, AND TAKE THE PROCTORED TESTS. THATS IT. EVERYTHING IS LINED UP FOR YOU WEEK BY WEEK IN THE GUIDED LEARNING TOOLS AND IF YOU WANT TO GO THROUGH IT FASTER, FIT IT 2 WEEKS IN 1. MY MENTOR GWEN IS THE BEST. SHES LIKE A FRIEND. SHES NOT STUFFY AND RUDE LIKE MOST COUNCLERS AT OTHER SCHOOLS. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CALLS EVERY WEEK. AS FOR ESSAYS AND SUCH MY GOD WHAT SCHOOL DOESN'T HAVE YOU WRITE PAPERS. UMMMM HELLO THATS A PART OF SCHOOL. GET OVER IT. AND IF YOU FOLLOW THE RUBRIC YOU'LL PASS. STAY ON POINT DON'T RAMBLE ON TO FILL SPACE AND ITS THAT EASY. SOME ONE ALSO WROTE ON HERE ABOUT HAVING TO PAY BACK MONEY BORROWED TO GO TO SCHOOL. ARE YOU KIDDING? ITS CALLED A LOAN. FIGURE IT OUT.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 24, 2009 (email verified)

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Good so far I'm in my 1st month of my term, and I'm already through about 4 classes that would have taken me a semester to get through in a traditional college. That's why I rate it at a 10 for value. For $3000 over 6 months, you can accelerate at your own pace, move the program as quickly as you have time to devote to it, and get your degree super fast. It's not easy - let's put that up front. But I'm no super-whiz and as long as you devote the time to it, you will get through it quickly. This program, as with all online schools is not for people who aren't self-motivated. You've got to be your own disciplinarian. Don't expect your mentor to hand hold you. In fact, I've found so far that I've got to lay down the law with my mentor right up front about how I want things done and push them to sign me up for more courses. If you're clear and honest with your enrollment counselor when you sign up and then just push your mentor through your program, this is a tremendous value.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 23, 2009

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Excellent College for Hard Working Individuals!!! WGU is an excellent school for people who have the time to devote to their education. I completed my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in a little over a year, I did transfer in several credits but this was still way ahead of time. I am very proud to say that I graduated from WGU. My community is very accepting and I have jad job offers at three different schools. I am currently teaching Pre-K and loving it with the very degree that I earned from WGU. I am a busy mother of two little boys, one of whom is Autistic and I am happily married. I lead a very busy life, but I was determined to complete my degree and I did! Thanks WGU for allowing me to fulfill my dream. All of the negative responses are typical responses from any college. I also attended regular universities, and I feel MORE confident in WGU. I passed all of my Praxis tests with flying colors the first time I took them which is more than I can say for a lot of my coworkers who attended traditional universities. I am currently enrolled in a Masters degree in Special Education from WGU and look forward to completing it to fulfill even more of my dreams. I hope they continue to add degrees and branch out to offer EDS degrees! Thanks WGU!!!
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Ejrwheeler.wgu (In Progress) on April 22, 2009 (email verified)

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A Different Favorite "golf club" for Every Player! I have been out of high school "in the working world" since 1981. I have not been in a college environment at any level since 1985. Back then, I had only myself to be concerned with and had no full time job. Now, I am married, have two sons who are 10 and 9, hold a full time job, and am going to college full time in order to make a career change into teaching. Without the flexibility - which goes both ways - of this education, I would never be able to do it. That said, I am very self motivated and am mature enough to be self directed. For me, this is my favorite "golf club" to use. That old brick and mortar type would never work for me. I am able to attend class for as long as I want to and when I want to as long as I complete my coursework on or before the "date certain" agreed to in advance with my mentor (adviser). Perhaps the person who puts down this college needs to take an inward look to determine just how motivated and self-directed they are. For that type of person, this is the best value education with the best accreditation available for any type of degree.
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Morganfarm (In Progress) on April 21, 2009 (email verified)

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Perfect for me! I started going to WGU in February and so far it has been amazing. I was a little scared at first but the Education Without Boundaries course really helped me understand the process. It is a simple class but will help you out in the long run. My mentor, Jamie, is excellent. She calls me every Friday at exactly 2:00 and checks up on how I did for the week and asks if I have any questions. You can also move this to a call every 2 weeks if you feel very comfortable but it keeps me on track if I hear from her every week. Its your choice. I am 19 years old and this was a much more affordable way for me to get my degree. It will be about half as much as a traditional college. This type of online education will work best with well motivated students who can stay on track and not have people tell them what to do. If you need a teacher telling you what work to do everyday then this school is not for you. My enrollment counselor, Anabelle, was also very helpful to me. Sometimes the counselors are hard to get in touch with but if you leave a message then they will get back with you the first chance they get. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to further their education. Depending on how much you know and how fast you are willing to move through your classes you can get done earlier. I have been there for 2 months and already have almost 6 out of 12 credits. I am going to take my test for the class I am taking now in 3 days. Another thing that I liked about this school was that they dont have the traditional breaks. Your terms are for 6 months but you can take up to a 5 month long break after that if you want to. If you need a week or two off for a trip or something then you just call your mentor so that they will know you are not going to be doing aby work for those days. Simple as that. I can not say enough great things about this college! But if you are an easy learner, self motivated, and dont NEED people around to tell you what to do then this school is wonderful for you!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 11, 2009 (email verified)

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Stick to tradition schools. I have been enrolled in the program for three months. I am not on my third mentor. The assignments are vague and sometimes confusing. It has been very difficult to get answers to questions as my mentors have not known the answers themselves and obviously are not familiar with the courses. There are course facilitators who also do not know the course work. It is very painful to try and get any answers and information from anyone. Think twice and look into programs elsewhere.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 7, 2009

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good value and accreditation I know that some people who attended WGU have left unsatisfied, but I believe this college is/was the best option for me. If your well organised and motivated you can succeed here. What this means-Your mentor goes over your classes for the term(six months) and you start to work, how fast or slow is up to you. Your mentor(school contact) communicates with you on a bi-monthly basis or as needed. If you put the time and effort in, you can finish early and take extra classes.I average an extra two classes a term, since the college charges by the term I was able to take the classes at no cost to me! I have had a few minor glitches, but they were corrected quickly in a day or two. I am 38 years old and before discovering this school thought going back to college was a dream. I would definitely recommend this school, if you are flexible.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 4, 2009 (email verified)

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WGU offers a good education and is a Great ValueG Online education is rapidly gaining greater acceptance globally. Online education requires a disciplined, independent learning capability. WGU students must be motivated and capable of following the Guided Learning Tools which serve as the path to acquire the knowledge required pass the assessment or proctored exams. WGU cleaarly positions itself as an institution for mature adults who place high value on their education and are willing to put forth the effort to gain the competancy to meet the requirements of each course. Motivated, self starters who are willing to make the effort will find that a quality education is available to them at WGU. Because it is an accelerated program, the advantage for working adults is that WGU allows students to use knowledge they have already acquired to pass assessments/exams at their own pace. I completed the BS in Marketing Management degree in two year while transferring only 25 competency units. As advertised, WGU is accredited, accelerated and affordable and I truly believe WGU offers a quality education to those willing to take on the responsibility for their own education. WGU has recently modified the business curriculum to further improve the education you receive. I am pleased to be starting the MBA program at WGU next month and I look forward to completing the coursework and achieving the graduate degree. I would highly recommend WGU to any mature, responsible adult who places high value on their effort to reach a goal.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 31, 2009 (email verified)

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Great School Clearly none of the above posters actually enrolled at WGU because if they did, they would know that it is accredited by NCATE as well as NWCCU and both are recognized by CHEA and thereby the U.S. Department of Education. This is a great school for people who are self motivated and can learn in a virtual environment. I have been enrolled for five months and have finished eleven classes. That puts me more than one third of the way towards my business management degree. Tuition is the most reasonable of all the online schools as it only costs approximately $6K per year regardless of how many classes you finish. I believe I will have my degree for less than $10K and that is a bargain! If you are in the market for a school, then check out WGU and the WGU Student Hall and see what real students are saying.
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Amyleestewart (In Progress) on March 29, 2009

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K-8 Interdiscipline Works for me I have read several previous reviews and thought I should write me own. I too am teaching in the private sector and am working on completing the K-8 interdiscipline so I can get my state certification. My mentor has been very supportive and has guided me every step of the way. I feel very confident that WGU is preparing me to receive my certification. The school does state that courses are non transferable to other universities. I like the aspect of being able to continue to teach and take courses.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 29, 2009 (email verified)

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Recommended Program! I would definitely recommend WGU! After separating from the military and moving around the world with my spouse, WGU is the only university I have found that is very accommodating to military/spouses. I currently work in a school and even the Principal and Vice Principal have heard of WGU and also recommend their online program over other well-known programs. Getting in all the paperwork was a bit of a hassle, but after that, everything is smooth sailing. The coursework is tough but relevant to the topics. To top it off, WGU is the only online school with national NCATE accreditation...that says a lot in my book!
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Cjmyer2001 (In Progress) on March 18, 2009

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There is something wrong with you! I have 4 friends who have received diploma's from WGU and were hired after student teaching. They listed the school and the employer had no problem with where they went to school. I myself will finish in one more term and already have two schools who want me. You have to work hard for your degree and the employers are realizing it. Jan
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 12, 2009 (email verified)

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Why WGU Is For Me So many people are talking about how they learn nothing and don't feel it will help them teach their students later. I took a different approach. I've been teaching in the private sector while trying to earn my degree. After all, the best learning comes from actual experience (something you won't get from a traditional college class either). The argument for and against WGU comes down to people who want a lecture and those, like me, who detest lectures. Some of us chose WGU so that we can get the certifications and move on. I really don't need some professor telling me how to teach. I've taught. I have letters of recommendations from parents of students, credentialed co-teachers, and school board members that back up my work. WGU is only being used so that I can be certified and recognized by "the system". Really, it's a matter of conformity. If I could get the credential based on current and past teaching experience, there would be no need for WGU. I need WGU so I can continue to teach and work on the "paper work" part of teaching at the same time.
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Brad_weston (In Progress) on March 5, 2009 (email verified)

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good fit for motivated professionals i believe a lot of the negative people thought they would be given a degree - NOPE - to earn a degree at WGU - you actually have to EARN IT!!!!! you will not pass a test without studying like crazy........there is no way around it - no charity for effort......sorry, that is why motivated people love it -
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Flashpointe68 (Graduate) on February 11, 2009 (email verified)

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You've got be kidding me My whole "adventure" started 3 years ago. When I took my first 2 years of college I completed 20 credit hours in one semester. I know what it means to bust my backside. The first term was a joke whit all the useless stuff I had to do. The second term was fine. The third term they notified me 2 months in that I filled out my FA stuff wrong and had to resubmit it or I was going to be suspended. I filled it our and submitted it that night. 3 days later I was suspended and it has been MURDER trying to get back in. By the time I did get back in, it was too late to submit the woork. Seems 2 weeks from end of term is the deadline. By the time they opened my access, it was beyond far too late. Now trying to get back in, no one wants to accept blame for this. Why should it take 3 months beyond the date I got my acceptance letter to let me back in? Now my only chance is to pay for the whole thing myself. I hate that I referred this place to anyone, but that'll never happen again!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 9, 2009 (email verified)

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The problem is not WGU I am currently in my third term with WGU. My mentor is fabulous. For all those with bad mentors, may I say I feel for you. I would not be able to make it without mine. I do, however, feel the issue is not with WGU or its staff but with taskstream and its graders. All of my problems are with the rubrics and graders. Indeed, the term "all" is appropriate because I have had at least one issue with practically every task. The issues have ranged from serious to simply annoying. My only criticism with WGU would be to consider seriously their involvement with taskstream. I agree the tasks are not easy and are most definately not spoonfed to you, however, they are often graded randomly, subjectively, and many times inaccurately. My experience with WGU has been on a scale of 1 to 10 a strong 9, but taskstream gets a whoping 1!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 25, 2009 (email verified)

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Disappointed - Poor Curriculum My recommendation: do your homework and ask to see the online content, course structure, and grading process before you sign up at WGU. I am a hard-working student with prior Big-10 university and community college experience. I just finished my first semester (BA - Math Teaching) and have decided to leave based on the poor course content and structure. I do not feel confident that this school would properly prepare me to teach. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: The courses are not designed by or taught by WGU instructors. Instead, the course content is all over the board - it's a hodge-podge of content from different learning sites and excerpts from textbooks. The grading is completely unreliable and inconsistent - there are a pool of graders that randomly grade your papers and assignments. Some pass your work with perfect scores, while others will reject the exact same work multiple times. Unlike traditional grading, where you get a number score and an actual grade, with WGU you will not pass a course until all of your assignments are completed. In my experience, it seemed that their "competency-based" process translated to "100% passing." I am so disappointed that WGU did not work out. I was really was looking forward to getting my degree at WGU because it was the only math teaching program I found that would allow me to earn my degree while continuing to work full time. I will now pursue a different degree at another institution that offers better course content and an actual instructor with a reliable grading process. My only positive experience at WGU: my mentor was really great! I would have given her a 10, except the generic support category on this survey seems to encompass more than advisement. Warning - beware of the financial aid office - it's a complete disaster! I dealt with several people who promised to fix their error and none of them did, even after escalating it to a supervisor.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 20, 2009 (email verified)

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Western Governers University was a joke! I took WGU courses online and it was the most confusing, frustrating time of my entire college experience. The graders were looing for things that had no relevence to the rubric and when they did not pass your submissions you were given vague reasons as to why making it very difficult to make changes and try to pass it. The easier courses actually had an assignment that said copy this, in your own words and submit it. I actually felt like I left that course learning nothing at all. I am retaking that course at a good college because otherwise I'd feel like I would not be prepared to teach that to my future students. When I told my new guidance counselor about the course she agreed that I should retake it. The other students were more helpful than the graders, mentors or teachers. The mentor I had was completely useless, she changed my courses around every few weeks. I was told to study for a science course and 1 week before I was planning to take the test she decided to change my courses and I now needed to read 2 novels, 2 playwrights, write papers and study for the Literary test which she set for the date of the science test I was studying for. Now I am paying for school loans for courses that I passed at WGU that my current college doesn't accept. I would not recommend this "school" to anyone.
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Rseccomb (Graduate) on December 27, 2008 (email verified)

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I'm happy w/ WGU I see a lot of people who are upset by their experiences at WGU. My personal experience has been pretty good... I've been a student at 2 different universities rated in the top 10, and didn't finish. It wasn't the difficulty that washed me out, in fact, I had a 3.7 GPA @ the one of the world's best engineering schools studying petroleum engineering, and I've found many challenges in the WGU program. Quantitative Analysis was tough, and I worked many hours on each problem. The math and econ stuff was at least as difficult as I had seen in other schools. I imagine that if you publicly polled all students who went to Harvard, they would also have detractors. I personally didn't let that stuff discourage me, rather, I took a look at the fact that they were accredited regionally, they had similar admission standards as other universities I've attended, and now that I'm 40, what the learning model looked like. I know better today how I perform in certain situations, and found the WGU model to be adequate for me. I recently left my job, and started looking for work with other companies. Not a single organization has questioned their credential. The school is not for everyone, if you need a lot of personal attention steer clear. If you want to have 1:1 time with a professor, WGU is not for you. The entire model is about your willingness to pay the price to obtain your degree by learning from a book, and then passing a proctored test that ecompasses the breadth and depth of the topic you are supposed to learn about. Finally, many have complained about graders. They use a company called Taskstream. Many other institutions use them too (Purdue is one). Are they perfect? No. Do you always agree as a student? Nope...I even was mad a couple of times. Do they get it right? Yes, according to the standard, they do. Does it take some time? It does, but 5 days was the max for me. If I were starting again today, I would look at accreditation, acceleration, cost, and would make the same decision I made before. Do your research...
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Russ_wilburn (In Progress) on December 23, 2008

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Its your approach. There seems to be a mixed review of the school itself. I truly believe that if you are not satisfied with the school before you start, then don't go. If you feel confident in your ability to maximize resources to your benefit and use the topics covered to study and learn from, then you can truly make something out of it. For all the "brick and mortar" graduates here, I would put you on the same level. I know plenty of people who attended traditional schools that don't have a clue what is going on and it is the same for online.....I have done both and from several online courses and inclass room from the University of Houston, local community colleges, and distant online only. All are the same....all have successfull people that will use their education to benefit themselves and there are also those that will complain the whole way through. From my experiences WGU is excellent.
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Khenson7 (In Progress) on November 24, 2008 (email verified)

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WGU is a great college... I have always had the desire to go to college, but during my senior year of high school I got pregnant. I wanted to stay at home with my baby and be a full time mommy and wife instead of being a part time college student and having a part time job. With WGU I am able to work at my own pace which is convenient because I do my work at night when my daughter is asleep. I was able to test out of subjects that I already knew! Of course I had to complete the work for it- like 7 tasks and then was able to refer for my test. (Which I did when I was half way finished with the tasks so I wouldn't lose time!) Anyways, at the rate I am going I will have this degree in 3 years instead of 4! I am so proud and excited that I will be a college graduate while I was a full time mommy and wife. I have a nice mentor who helps me with any problems that should arrise- very seldom do any. I would highly recommend WGU to anyone seeking a college degree! WGU is harder for some people because it is a college that you have to stay devoted and focused on because there aren't any classroom settings or teachers so it is easier to stray away from the importance of your work.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 19, 2008 (email verified)

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Perfect fit for me I am in my fourth term at WGU. This school fits my needs perfectly since I have children and many other obligations during the day. The math classes are very challenging. I read a review earlier that anyone off the street could pass the exams at WGU. I am SURE that this person either has never taken a WGU math exam or is already a math scholar. I have had problems that I have taken to people with masters degrees in math and they are impressed with the difficulty. WGU is like any other college in the respect that you get out of it what you put into it. If you are taking classes strictly to pass, and you don't want to put any extra effort into your studies, then don't be surprised when you graduate and you can't teach your way out of a paper bag. I highly recommend WGU to serious, self-disciplined students. I would however add that if you are unable to learn visually, the math program will probably kick your butt since most of the learning resources are written material.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 14, 2008 (email verified)

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Think Real Hard Before You Start Leave this off of your resume. Even if the state governor is listed as one of the founders of this so called college, does not mean it is accepted in that state. The non-traditional compentancy credit is not accepted at most businesses.
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Apacecca (In Progress) on November 12, 2008 (email verified)

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Good if you have strong math background If you have a strong math background, GO FOR IT! WGU would be a great value!! I am in my 4th term. This program has suited me very well- I have a strong background in math and have been able to really accelerate my program- this school is a great option for folks that want the degree and already know alot about the material. You pay by each 6 months- if you can squeeze in lots of credits, you can save a lot of money, I have! If you need alot of math review, you will probably struggle in this program. Mentors have to limit what they say about specific tasks- the point is to learn it yourself. That is frustrating when sometimes the suggested 'materials' do not cover what is needed for the tasks! I've had to do lots of research outside of what is provided. Thank goodness that I have a friend with a high math degree that can help point me in the right direction. If you have a strong math background, GO FOR IT! WGU would be a great value!!
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Dgibbons82 (In Progress) on November 10, 2008 (email verified)

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WGU is Wonderful! I know some folks have a difficult time with WGU, but I love it! I've been a student there for two years. I began in their IT program and learned enough about the field to land a nice job in the industry. BUt I decided I did not like IT, so I changed my major to Social Sciences secondary education. I am glad I changed majors because I have always wanted to become a teacher. The Social Sciences program is GREAT, because I do most of the learning on my own, although it is completely guided and organized. I can honestly say that I have learned more from WGU courses than from any other course offered either online or at a brick and mortar university. For example, one class for American history (1865 - present) consisted of 12 essays! I ended up writing over 100 pages of material for this class. Sounds like a lot, but I retained nearly everything I wrote about, which is only going to help me in the future. Also, WGU is a go-at-your-own pace kind of program. I switched to part-time work a few weeks ago, and have been able to spend 40 hours a week working on one course at a time. Do the math. After two weeks, I have completed 1.5 courses. This is equivalent to spending the same amount of time in a traditional classroom, but I get to complete the course as fast my brain will allow! This means I could easily turn a 4 year degree into a 2 year degree or maybe even less. So if you're debating about attending WGU, I say go for it. The tuition is dirt cheap when compared to traditional universities. By the time all is said and done, I'll walk across the stage in Salt Lake, earn my degree and only have about 10K in student loan debt!! That's less than a year at a traditional university! And the best part is that in order to earn that degree, you have to have the equivalent to a B average, which makes selling yourself to prospective employers a snap.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 3, 2008 (email verified)

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Ying and Yang Like with all things there are good and bad with WGU. For the record, I am a very self motivated student with a high academic record having graduated cum luade with a BS from a traditional college after graduating 19th in my class of 350 from high school. Having established that I am an independent learner capable of carving my own path, WGU has some major limitations. The graders and the whole system seem to be geared to passing Praxis tests rather than instilling and guiding the acquisition of knowledge. The whole assessment process is ridiculous. Comments are vague and unhelpful most of the time. I often have to supplement learning resources because they are severly lacking... thank goodness for my personal tutor since mentors/tutors/guides will NOT answer any question related to assessment questions..... what is that about? I don't want to cheat! But how am I suppose to figure anything out if you won't answer a few questions about the assessment questions? Everything that the assigned texts teach about teaching are completed ignored in this setup. I have also had to fight my mentor almost every step of the way to proceed at a quick pace. Having said that, I do enjoy working at my own pace, and the nugget of information is there to be learned. It's just frustrating trying to crack the nut every day to get to the information. Probably not for you if you are completely new to the content material. It probably would have been a lot easier for me if I had not been quite so rusty with Mathematics. However, I am still completeing my second BS in under 3 years. So I do not find it all bad...
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Sjjwhite (Graduate) on September 24, 2008

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Awesome Program I Graduated from WGU and would recommend it to anyone who is diciplined enogh to take the incentive to do their class work on their own. I could not have finished my degree any other way because of time and family commitments.
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Dred0218 (In Progress) on September 24, 2008

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WGU I am near completion with WGU. I wanted to say this in response to those saying WGU is a scam and employers frown on the school. I work in business administration at a local public school district. In the past three years, we have hired several WGU graduates and enrolled several WGU students into our student teaching program. Prior to enrolling into the school, I contacted Texas A&M and asked if they recognize WGU courses as transferrable since it is pass/fail. I was told by the department head, WGU courses are considered passing at 80% or higher and all passing courses transfer to their program. I then asked if I wanted to obtain my Masters from Texas A&M after I completed my studies with WGU and was assured WGU is recognized just as any other traditional university. I then saw a representative from WGU on CNN talking to several representatives from Ivy League schools about their online programs. WGU is legit but for your own piece of mind, do your own research prior to enrolling. And yes, some of the courses you can google the questions and find answers, but I WANT to learn and have taken the time to research textbooks and truly understand the concepts. My only complaint has been my mentor. She is highly educated, but not very organized and forgets meetings, doesn't give me 100% of her time when we speak on the phone and it takes me emailing her superiors in order to get responses from her. If I wasn't almost done, I'd switch mentors, but with it being this late in the game, I don't need much from her other than approving my request to take the final assessments.
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Jamesnrhodes (In Progress) on July 22, 2008 (email verified)

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Thank God for WGU After reading many of the reviews here, I am going to chime in with my two cents. WGU is not an institution for students that need their hands to be held throughout their degree program. The courses require you to read and actually do research for your essays. Yes, there are a lot of essays to be written, but quite honestly I feel essays make you work to understand a subject more thoroughly. Believe me, I have learned things I never knew before about US history though my research. The mentors are quite excellent. Since I am a disciplined person, my mentor just calls me up to check up on my progress. Also, if I do have any questions she is readily available through e-mail or a telephone call during the daytime. I am disabled (permanent cane use) from a military accident in Canada. Being able to take an accredited degree online is a bonus for me. I don't have to undergo the daily grind of traveling to a brick and mortar university. WGU saves me time and money by being able to study in my computer/study room. I secured employment as a substitute teacher because of my degree program at WGU. Since I am teaching courses only in my field - Social Studies (Economics, Geography, US History, World History, etc.) - I am getting valuable classroom experience BEFORE going into my Demonstration Teaching phase. When I am ready for that I will have about four years of classroom experience. I expect to do well in the DT phase, because I have been able to apply things I have learned in my Foundations of Teaching courses. Getting to apply this stuff is so cool IMHO. A regular history teacher has even told me that I have extensive and impressive knowledge about American history and politics. He was shocked when I told him I hail from Canada. Other teachers have told me that I would pass my student teaching phase with flying colors. This all just validates my decision to become a secondary Social Science teacher. For the people that are whining about minor issues, WGU is going through some major growing pains - they now have over 10,000 students. Since I started in the summer of 2004, I have seen many changes happen. Some I agree with and some I don't - I don't expect to agree with everything they do. For me, the important thing is that WGU has more accreditation than most brick and mortar universities. This is why I chose to take my degree through them. Getting NCATE accreditation was the icing on the cake IMHO. Online post-secondary education is the future folks. Get used to it... Online education requires a different mindset than a brick and mortar university. You have to be organized and disciplined in order to get work done. Thanks Apple for iCal, because that program keeps me VERY organized. :)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 15, 2008 (email verified)

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Not much value Although I am easily passing WGU courses, I am not learning much. There is little challenge and poor value for the amount I am paying for this program. I am very disappointed with the lack of quality of education. I doubt the courses I took at WGU will even transfer because they do not have grades. Just pass and fail. I enrolled and found out my military TA would not pay for term based tuition. So I have to do class by class, and that cost significantly more. Because WGU does not provide grades, I found out I have to pay back what tuition assistance I did receive.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 24, 2008 (email verified)

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Awesome program I am almost finished with my teaching degree and am loving is program. I always hated waiting for the class to catch up and to move on. This university allows us to all move at our own rate. The mentors are awesome and there is always more resources if you need more help grasping a concept. I would recomend this school to any self-motavated student.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 23, 2008 (email verified)

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Questionable I have completed 1.5 years with WGU (MA in Educational Studies) My first mentor was wonderful and definately worth his Phd. However my next mentor was pathetic and I requested a change. My current mentor makes me wonder about his credentials to say the least. Yes the school is nationally, regionally and NCATE accredited but what does that really mean? The majority of the tasks make no sense, are true busy work and come in duplicate. The graders (GOD WHO ARE THEY) are a joke! They do not follow the task directions or rubric but rather grade as they wish. Constantly asking for items not mentioned in the task. I guess we are suppose to guess. Now that being said, I have attended both traditional and other online schools and WGU is not all that its cracked up to be. Only AFTER I removed WGU from my resume did I get call backs about teaching jobs EVEN FROM NURSERY SCHOOLS so I am VERY upset and scared about WGU. IF I transfer to a school here will I lose all of the work I did? Not to mention $$$. I dont know about the other states but the message I am getting about NYC is that if the "school" is not well known, dont even bother. Online doesnt matter so much because many of our NYS schools offer distance learing, however when people see WGU they RUN!
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Rslawrence2561 (In Progress) on June 7, 2008 (email verified)

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Excellent Value for Military I am an Air Force officer nearing military retirement and am finishing my second 6-month term at WGU. WGU is an excellent value for students with full-time jobs who can only work on their studies at odd hours and weekends. The education I've received so far has allowed me to speak on an intelligent basis with the Principal and host science teacher at the local high school during my WGU-required "pre-clinical field experiences." Looks like I'll be able to student teach at this school as well. WGU hasn't been easy but the learning materials and academic mentor support to date have been excellent. Comparitively low cost and NCATE accreditation are pluses as well.
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L_Stapley (In Progress) on May 23, 2008 (email verified)

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Great for people who want to learn I am in my third year here at WGU it is a great school for people who are willing to learn and work independently. I have had a few difficulties but none I didn't have with brick and mortar school I attended. I had no problem transferring credits from the other school. My mentor is very good she has always answered my questions promptly and so has every other department in WGU. The tasks are not busy work they are designed to teach you and at least these tasks require you use your brain not just regurgitate useless facts. If you’re looking for an easy school then WGU is not for you. The mentors won’t hold your hand and give you the answers they will help you be successful but it is up to you to do the work and study hard. I will say sometimes communication is not the best and mentors and the school could do a better job of letting you know important information.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 20, 2008 (email verified)

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Student Teaching Placement - Be Cautious I have just earned my teaching certificate after completing WGU's teaching certification program. There were very many tasks for each domain; many tasks I personally felt were inconsequential and were just busy work. I was lucky and had great mentors. I felt that the cohort was a complete waste of my time. The one thing that I would caution anyone who is considering earning their teaching certificate through WGU is to first check with their own school district to see if WGU students have been placed into student teaching programs. This is very important. Many urban school districts have close relationships with nearby college teaching programs and will not even consider placing anyone from WGU into a school as a student teacher. After two nerve wrecking months of waiting for WGU to find me a placement (they went through every school district and private school within 50 miles of my location)I found my own placement because I personally knew a teacher who agreed to be my Host Teacher. You do not want to do all of the work and pay for all of the tuition to find, at the end, you cannot complete your program because no school within a 100 miles will accept you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 5, 2008 (email verified)

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My Experience I am currently a student. So far the experience has been sometimes great, sometimes frustrating. However, the degree program is delivering the content I expect from a teacher's college. I have spoken to many new graduates of teacher's colleges at the school I work at; all of them tell me that I am studying exactly the same type of material that they covered in their programs.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 25, 2008 (email verified)

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Fstvansk8a (Graduate) on April 13, 2008 (email verified)

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Bachelor of Arts, Science (Bio endorsement) I had a lot of credits from a community college. I was planning on using the credits toward a degree in education. The college changed the required credits and only about 30 would transfer. It would have taken me another three years to finish. Then I found WGU and was very skeptical. I decided to talk to the school and I found that I could use what I knew to help me. I didn't have to sit through classes and drive downtown to hear a bunch of information I already knew. I am now done with my degree (after 1 1/2 years). Every time I doubted WGUs legitimacy or practices I was reaffirmed. I passed the Praxis II Science exam with a 195/200 (about the 99th percentile). Also, all the "Busy work" really pays off if you learn from it. When I was interviewed by my principal I was asked about things I did "busy work" on. For example, you are required to write a lengthy essay on formative assessment and summative assessment. Also you are required to write a paper on scaffolding. I was able to talk about these topics with ease the first time I talked to my principal. Altogether, you get out of the school what you put into it. The busy work is for a reason, and everything else they require you to learn is worth learning. The people whining about the problems with the school are those that couldn't hack it. This school is not for anybody. It is for those willing to do the work. The school has policies to quickly get rid of students that are unable to do well. These are the students complaining. They do not have any policies though that will hold a person back.
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KimDay27 (In Progress) on April 7, 2008

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Mentor don't have a Degree! While attending WGU, I found out that my mentor/ and graders did not hold a BA degree. When asked why their BIO was not posted on their web site I was given the run around. Before attending WGU, I would strongly recommend that they assign you to a mentor that has the qualification. WGU no longer post the Bio’s of the mentors because of this particular incident.
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Virtue_summer (In Progress) on March 16, 2008 (email verified)

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For Independant, Self Disciplined Learners I have been attending WGU since September. I have experience attending both brick and mortar schools and other online programs, and I found that WGU compares well. It is different than brick and mortar schools because you have to be an independant learner with self discipline. A professor will not feed you the information and constantly keep you on task. You must do a lot of this yourself. Your mentor will keep in touch with you on a regular basis by phone, though, to check your progress and this helps. The tasks are not necessarily difficult, but many of them did make me think about the subject and that's the important thing. Transferring in was easy and with the exception of a critical thinking and a science course, I had already completed all of my non teaching related requirements. My mentor calls me regularly and responds to my e-mail in a timely manner, and if she doesn't know the answer she always directs me to the person that does. WGU also provides a lot of answers to common questions through their online students handbook, etc. The learning materials are varied and provide a good range of views. They seem to try to avoid the bias that exists in many traditional courses due to professors who only present views that match their own. Videos that show students and teachers interacting are extremely helpful to me, as well be in person observations in classrooms which WGU provides as well before student teaching. I have already learned a lot, including very practical information such as a teachers legal rights in the classroom. I don't know about other people's experiences but the graders have been very consistent with me and the rubrics are a lifesaver in terms of knowing ahead of time what is required and how the assignment will be graded. I was never given a rubric at my brick and mortar universities. I also enjoy not being subject to a professor's odd requirements. At a previous university I once got an F on an essay for not having enough sentences in my paragraphs! At WGU I revise if the comments make sense and if they don't I explain my position and it is usually respected or the reasoning of the comments clarified. As to cost, it's hard for me to beat WGU. At my brick and mortar university I had to commute an hour each way and the cost of gas is astronomical, not to mention the fact that the commute cost me valuable time and slowed down my progress. At WGU I'm getting through school faster because I can work ahead and I'm able to combine the last few requirements for my BA with the requirements for my teaching credential. I am also available to apply for and interview for education related jobs other than teaching while I finish my credential because I don't have to work around an inflexible schedule.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 16, 2008 (email verified)

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Stay away from WGU! Stay away from WGU. It is a waste of time and money. I am in my second year and want out. The college changes policies very often. The papers are busy work. It takes almost a week to get them back. They are graded by people who grade them the way they want. Forget the rubic. I do have a nice mentor. The graders go through taskstream. They are jokes. No one ever sees their creditials. I am passing the work at WGU. This is a very bad college. They would not take my previous credits from my college. I have received emails from others who have had the same problems. I was told that I could test out of subject that I have know for years. This is not accurate. Acculation is almost impossible. Please, run away from this college. Get your degree from a college that you can be proud of. I can say that I am very ashamed of this college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 10, 2008 (email verified)

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Western Governors University Western Governors University is a complete ripoff. The program deliberately slows you down, so that WGU can charge you more. I thought that this would be a quicker way to finish my degree, but I would have easily finished by now if I had gone to a different college, and taken the traditional route. It often takes weeks to get a simple assignment graded. And when you finally get it back, the grader is often wrong! Example: I failed an accounting assignment, because I was told revenues/expenses are not part of operating cash flows in a cash flow statement! What?? Every accounting text book confirmed I was right. Who's grading these papers??? Besides this, I was told before I enrolled at WGU that I could test out of courses that I already knew - the majority of courses turned out to be assignment based. Of course I should have known what I was getting into soon after I enrolled. After I enrolled they refused to give me credit for my associates degree - even though they guaranteed me that everything would transfer BEFORE I paid my tuition/fees. When I threatened legal action and showed them written proof that I had received from their "mentors" BEFORE I enrolled, they were suddenly able to transfer everything. Their "mentors" are also completely useless. My various mentors had completely no idea about business-related subjects, even though I am majoring in a business degree. If you intend to study at WGU, think of the mentors more as cheerleaders than anything else. Good luck!
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Ksallee (In Progress) on March 9, 2008

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WGU is great for IT professionals I've been going to WGU for almost 2.5 years and just about to complete the program. For IT professionals who are self-learners with limited time to sit in traditional college or university classroom, this is the perfect program. The competency based learning model has allowed me to use my existing IT and work experience to take advantage of the program and accelerate my degree (I'll have a 4 year degree completed in 2.5 years). Even if you need a little hand-holding (which is understandable for an online degree), WGU has mentors that are much more hands on then Universities counselors. They actually require communication every couple weeks and are there to help you every step of the way. Additionally, the work can be challenging and arguably more difficult then a traditional class as the range of what is covered is much broader. For example, in traditional college class you may take say Algebra I as a 3-4 SH class. With WGU, there's a Quantitative Literacy objective exam that covers Algebra, Statistics, Geometry etc...Very difficult exam that requires real knowledge of the subjects in order to gain competency.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2008 (email verified)

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The mentors are horrible I can't believe what mess I've gotten myself in by signing up with this school. My mentor is absolutley insane. She placed me in the wrong program, failed to review my transcripts and then fails to make phone calls. My only suggestion for anyone taking WGU classes would be to ask alot of questions to a lot of people. You are bound to get more than one answer. Just stick to your guns and fight for what you need. I NEED certification so that I can move and make more money so I am sticking with the program but I'm actually thinking about dropping this program. I feel like my time is being wasted. The "graders" don't know what they are talking about half the time. Apparently they skim through the work and often ask for things that are already contained in the paper, task, whatever. BEWARE!!!
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Commonman78 (Graduate) on March 8, 2008 (email verified)

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College is work: not a free ride. I completed the post-baccalaureate program for elementary education while teaching on a provisional certificate. They worked with me, DID NOT hold my hand, and helped me succeed. If you want to be spoon fed, this IS NOT a program for you. You actually have to do the work, not just attend class and pass a test. The scheduling was fine and the work was hard. Finally getting my certificate was worth it. I also knew a lot more than my colleagues about the basics, including fundamental concepts, special education requirements, how N.C.L.B. works, etc. This knowledge has given me a competitive edge in the workplace. I've had some problems with financial aid, but they were resolved. If you’re self-motivated, this is definitely the program for you!
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Reo_hope (In Progress) on February 22, 2008 (email verified)

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Western Governors IS Military Friendly I beg to differ with the previous poster's comment regarding WGU being difficult for a military student. I recently graduated from WGU with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. I have also completed thirteen years service in the military to date. Additionally I am a veteran of several distance learning programs including American Intercontinental University, University of Phoenix, and Central Texas College's online program. I found WGU to be both a superior learning experience and much more affordable. The first class which acts as a sort of introductory course is a little tedious, but it ensures all students have an understanding of the way WGU operates. It IS a different learning environment and the "one credit hour class" serves to indoctrinate new students. WGU is not for everyone but should be considered a valid option for many adult learners seeking a flexible, affordable degree option.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 15, 2008 (email verified)

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Not for miliary successfully completed one term at WGU. I will not go back. It has been a nightmare at WGU. The terms are not six months, because you have to finish before the sixth month. I spent the 1st month doing a bunch of nonsense work on how to be a student. It was a huge waste of time for a worthless one credit. It was more work than the three credit chemistry class. How about the five star review - that claims they completed 57 credits in six months! I can't see how that is done, it takes me weeks to get one assessment scheduled. It takes a long time to get single little essay graded. They made me take courses from the Museum of Natural Science, that did not count, but wasted time. I am an independent worker that had little trouble with the course work. In fact much of it was mundane high school level type stuff. Almost insulting to be doing it at this level. It appeared they were purposely slowing me down. The amount of mis-information they gave me was annoying. The mentor knew less about the topics than I did. I learned very little completing 18 credits in six months. Since I am looking for a challenge, I will be going to a more traditional school. WGU is a joke to those looking to advanced their education. It is good if you want to breeze through a cheap program and get a degree. But to me a waste of money. I want to advance my knowledge and my degree - but I did not get $3,000 worth of knowledge. So WGU is a poor value. They claim to be military friendly, but make you take a full term, which is not easy to do with military tuition assistance.
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Salmanpost (In Progress) on February 11, 2008 (email verified)

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Best school for IT guys Best online university at this cost. While learning new stuff you get the IT industry certificates and the best part is that WGU pay for it
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 9, 2008 (email verified)

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Scary, Scary, Scary First, let me say that I did graduate from the post-bacc elementary ed program-with far above average scores by the way. This review is not sour grapes from some one who needed too much "hand-holding" and could not finish. This is a very scary program. The basic premise seems to be that competency is demonstrated by the ability to produce amazing quantities of low-quality busy work and pass exams that often call for demonstably incorrect answers. I checked, the exams are not designed by subject matter experts; the tests are easy to pass by figuring out the answers to the pre-tests then projecting the same error frame-work to the test. If you are the type who feels really proud that you got all the way to end of your coloring book faster than the the kids and get the wear a little gold star for the rest of the day-this is for you. If you're interested in actual suject matter knowledge find a school where professors teach.
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Chris (In Progress) on February 6, 2008 (email verified)

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Couldn't be more thrilled WGU's competency-based model has allowed me to complete 57 units in 6 months! It is a great school for self-motivated people. If you need a lot of hand-holding, WGU is not for you. But for me, it was exactly what I was looking for. And at less than $3000 per semester (with no per-unit cost) it was an unbeatable deal for me. And I feel secure that it is well-respected due to it's accreditation.
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Kpbrady (In Progress) on February 6, 2008 (email verified)

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A good fit for capable adults I am 43 years old, and I have a BA and an MBA from traditional on-campus schools. I have read all of the other reviews, and it seems that there is a common theme. Adults that are intelligent and do not need their hand held do well. Some young kids, others that struggle academically, and people that are not motivated do not succeed. I like the program. It seems that most of the bad reviews were written by people that did not pass. Many of them stated that they flunked tests, multiple times even. If they were flunking tests at WGU it is likely that they were at the wrong school. They probably should have been at a community college, or not in college at all. I have never had problems getting answers from my mentor or the University. I get a human right away, and almost always get a solution right away. I did have a problem with one of the anonymous taskstream graders, but I emailed a copy of what I submitted for the task to my mentor and he took care of it. No big deal. The graders can be picky though. I can see how students that have poor writing skills would have a lot of trouble getting passing scores.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 25, 2008 (email verified)

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I am pleased with my experience I have been enrolled at WGU since January 2005. I am finishing up my last assignment currently and will then be certified to teach elementary school level. My experience with WGU has been exceptional. I will say that there are many changes with the school at this point, but the reason for these changes are due to the growth the university is experiencing. The program is also not for someone who needs a professor standing over them telling them what to do and when. I have had no problems scheduling exams in my three years with the university nor have I ever waited two weeks for a response from anyone at the university. I will say that I have had a few mentors and my last one was not very helpful. As a WGU student, I often find it necessary to call my mentor for advice and she is available to help me immediately either through online messenger, email or phone. I feel that as an adult student I am able to be successful in this independent learning environment and finding a great mentor was the best thing for aiding my success. I have and will recommend this school to anyone who is an independent learner looking to accelerate through their program. I have enjoyed my time with this school.
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Chris (In Progress) on January 21, 2008 (email verified)

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Awesome school if you're motivated WGU is the wave of the future in education. My mentor guides my progress and answers any questions I have. I love that the books are entirely optional! (They tell you books are mandatory, but if you're smart and a good internet searcher, you can get away without them.) WGU is very affordable and their cost structure encourages acceleration because it saves you money! I came in in Sept. with my AA, and I will graduate with my state credential in only 15 mos. (including student teaching).
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 21, 2008 (email verified)

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not worth the trouble The problem I encountered with WGU was a lack of consistency. The grading of tasks are done at the whims of the person who happens to get your work. There is an inconsistency in the grading and in the directions themselves at times. The directions, materials, and rubric can have conflicting information. This is a huge problem and the result is unfair practices and outcomes for the student. I wasted a lot of time and money here. The other problem is a lack of ability to transfer credits. If your talking about transfer of credits to WGU, no problem. I think they are generous. The problem is getting a school to accept WGU competency units which technically don't carry a grade. Apart from these serious problems, I might recommend WGU because it can work well for someone that needs the flexibility and affordability it offers.
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Jlin54321 (In Progress) on January 7, 2008

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WGU not for U The ONLY way you should consider WGU is if you're stay-at home person (mom, busy professional,social phobia). I've been there for a year and a half. The administration is beyond surly, bordering on rude, incompetent and apt to change rules as they go along ( always to their financial benefit). Mentors are better,they try their best but are overworked and underpaid, hence few stay put. Mentors manage 60 students at a time). There's a strong quasi-political bias in faculty and curriculum ( hint of Christian right wing). Instructional material is beyond pathetic. Tasks are written on a cheap, many are incoherent and wrong. The tasks are graded by ANONYMOUS sub-contractors with wildly differing standards (rubrics notwithstanding)!!! The community boards are beyond pathetic. Typical comment: "Help! Stuck on Task 607.123.2. What is..blank... blank." The pros: Only Two 1It's cheap, IF and ONLY iF, you can work very fast. BUT if you like to take your time, it'll be more expensive than a State U and a LOT more hassle. 2. You don't have to get out of your house. Oh, wait you have to take some proctored exams... never mind. And pay $60 extra for it if you fail it twice. The reason given.. to encourage you to study better. What crock of sh*t. Conclusion: Stay Away...go to your State U, get a decent education and a social life. P.S. I am actually being optimistic. It's a lot worse.
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Ejacks (In Progress) on January 7, 2008

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DO NOT attend WGU! I began WGU on August 1st. Boy was that a disappoint. From day one it has been horrific. First I had to PURCHASE an electronic "book" that was $30 some dollars. There are tons of "cases" in them. Then all of your assignments are tons of ESSAYS. First is like a 3 page essay, then a 10 page essay and it keeps going up! I did not have a teacher like I thought I would have. You teach yourself everything. What am I paying for? Someone to grade my papers. Then my whole "plan" got screwed up. I was majoring in Business, to obtain a Masters. But when I logged in one day, it had me majoring in Elementary Education and all my curriculm based that way. It took forever to get it changed. Things kept getting worse, my mentor quit, etc, so I decided to withdraw and put my money towards a local college that also offers online accreddited degrees (indiana wesleyan). I withdraw right after a month of attending. NOW They are coming after me for almost TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! This is incredibly insane. I will not pay that. I never got the service to pay for that. It was ridiculous! I also spoke to employers and they said they do not consider that a "reputable" university. I know it might sound nice, I sure thought it did, but I certaintly changed my mind after "trying it".
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Not Satisfied I have been very disappointed with WGU. My mentor is not helpful at all and when I ask her a question she doesn't seem to know herself yet she has a PHD in math. One is required to complete these taskstream assignments with no help. The community is not helpful and the assessments one is required to complete has nothing to do with the work you have done in taskstream which are supposed to be helpful. Don't waste your money or time as this program si very time consuming.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 21, 2007 (email verified)

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WGU ok so far This is my first term at WGU. I went to a state school for my undergrad degree and I have to say that there will always be minor (occasionally major) complaints at any university but overall I’m pleased with my experience at WGU. I think it is what it advertises to be: online, affordable, accredited, and accelerated. I have been able to accelerate my progress but it means putting in extra time. During your first month you talk with your mentor and select which assessments you will be taking that term and set dates when you will complete each assessment- if you don't meet your goal, it counts as your first "failed attempt" but you can still pass it before the term is over and it will be a "pass" on your transcript. Your tuition covers the first few attempts, so that is why not taking an assessment on time is a big deal- it counts as one of your "free" attempts even if you do not take the test. A term is 6 months long, but you can't sign up for assessments that involve writing papers later than the 5th month there is also a limit on how late you can take an objective exam. Their rationale behind this is you may have to make revisions/wait for work to be graded. Their graders do take a while- it took about an average of a week on each of my assignments to get graded the first time, and then if you have any revisions, there's another week you have to wait. They do let you have access to "learning resources" and the course of study (syllabus) the last 2 months of the term so you could always start other work. I think the quality of education I'm receiving is comparable to my undergrad degree in science education I received at a state school. My mentor does call me every week or so and that makes me feel more connected. The competency based approach is a good idea. It seems like some people have the idea that you could just test, test, test, and then be handed a diploma without "doing anything." What I have found is that my program does have some "objective exams" and if I had come to the program having already majored in math education perhaps I could test out of some/most of them. But over half of my "assessments" are assignments or papers. Even if a person came with all of the knowledge for the degree, the person would still end up writing hundreds of pages of work, plus complete a research project. You don't have to take classes over what you already know, but WGU does require quite a bit of work- someone could not take tests for a week straight and walk away with a degree. The biggest complaint I have so far is that my mentor is very nice but never, ever knows the answers to my questions and they signed me up for the "wrong" assessments this term and then wouldn't change them when I pointed that out. But I worked through it and it's fine now. I do think they require depth of knowledge in the MA in math ed degree and that it's a good value for the money. I'm glad they provide an accredited way for me to get my degree online at my own pace.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 20, 2007 (email verified)

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B.S. in Marketing Management At the age of 35 I decided it was time to pursue a degree. Unfortunately, my job and location limited my ability to go to a brick and mortar school. I also was not interested in slogging through basic math, business & English courses in a classroom with a bunch of 18-20 year olds. WGU is not for everybody; if you need a teacher to tell you what to do, and when to do it, then do not enroll. If you cannot research on your own, then do not enroll. If you cannot read a grading matrix and ascertain what you should do, then do not enroll. If you are not capable of putting several paragraphs together to form a well written essay, then you should not enroll. If you want to work hard, and at your own speed, then WGU might be for you. I will have gone from no college credit to a B.S. in Marketing Management in 3 years. I could've have done it faster, but I had a cross country move and a couple of job changes mixed while in the middle of school and it slowed my progress. I understand some students have had troublesome mentors, or unresponsive mentors. Really, I have only needed mine on occasion and she has been nothing but great, and has been promoted up the ranks. She kept me as a student because I am a month from graduation. There are steps to take if you are having trouble getting answers from your mentor, but really if you need too much hand holding, you might consider a traditional classroom environment.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 28, 2007

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You get what you pay for I started out at WGU and I am already on my third mentor. The coursework is not the problem, the problem with the school is the lack of communication. If you have the time to spend making 5 phone calls to get one answer to an email you sent or a voicemail you left over two weeks ago, then by all means this school is for you. If WGU would properly train their staff on how you answer phone calls and emails in a 24 hour period, the school might be worth the money. But then again, I guess that is why the tuition is so cheap, you have to scream your head off to get an answer to one question, which takes about two minutes to answer but sucks about two weeks out of your time with the phone calls and emails you have to get just to get a response. WGU should take some tips from the business world and learn how to respond in a professional and timely fashion to phone calls and emails. If WGU could fix this aspect, then I would have no hesitation in recommending the school to a future educator.
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Avending (In Progress) on November 23, 2007 (email verified)

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WGU is best for independent learners! I've read several reviews that speak to the lack of guidance at WGU. If you need a professor to tell you what to do, and when to do it, WGU may not be for you. If you’re an independent learner that understands the steps to competency in a subject, and can assess when you’re ready to test on a subject, then WGU is the perfect fit. WGU offers helpful mentors and a vast array of material. It is up to you to decide how much or how little you want to use.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 13, 2007

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Competency Based to ? They have two different programs for each class. One is a lab that requires you to write papers, make posters and do stuff that would not challenge a high school student. The other is a test, which may require some review. For some labs, they require you to enroll into American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) online courses (very good courses), but “enroll” is the key, you don’t have to participate or pass the course, just gather the needed info to complete lab projects that are graded separately in Task Stream. You get zero credit for completing and passing the more demanding AMNH courses. The text books have little to do with the tests or labs. The labs do very little to help learn the competencies. The program I joined involved a list of competencies and, learning resources. With pretests, you would gauge what competencies you knew and which ones you needed to review. Students were required to get a high pretest score to take the final exam. I was very successful in this model and thought I was in a good graduate program. Then the program changed. They stopped giving students the competencies and now it is confusing on what is required. They give you a course guide. The course guide is a jumble of vague test book references and internet links (including Wikipedia!). The course guide is very amateurish and I wonder if they even checked what they are asking students to do. I ran into several very vague reference sites and dead links. They still have the pretest, but stopped giving a report listing what was correct and incorrect, so it does little to prepare for the final exam. The mentors are friendly enough, but I would question their credentials. You have one mentor assigned to you for everything. Mentors are not held responsible for providing inaccurate and misleading information to students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 11, 2007 (email verified)

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WGU is Great for the right person WGU is geared for adult students that are organized and can motivate themselves. When entering a program at WGU the student must understand that this is not a "normal" university. There are no classes, it is self paced and the student must be able to use research skills. I have attended WGU for a year and a half. In that time I have had to deal with many changes at the university because they are still in a period of growth. The main concept is great and it's a good value for the money because you can take more classes in a term if you have the time and strength and you don't pay any more for your term than you would already have paid for. There is a lot of writing assignments and I have also found that having the books has been of minimal help, but so far I have been able to pass assessments without a lot of problems that other students seem to have. There are message boards set up for each "assessment" and I find that they are more of gripe sessions than actual helpful information unless you direct your own questions to the facilitators who are actually part of the mentor program. If you are interested in the education program that WGU offers, be sure to read the stipulations carefully and truly assess yourself before you sign on to do the program. The required EWB program that you initially take as an introduction course is very valuable as you will get a sample of how things work and if you are able to work within that environment. At that point you are able to opt out of the program if it isn't for you. WGU is different than Phoenix University and Rio Salado as online "courses". These two schools have structured online classes ... WGU does not have classes, but classes like these are available to take for some assessments that are included in your tuition. WGU is not an easy alternative to college, its just a different way of going about it and you have to be disciplined to keep up with it.
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Iamamhb (In Progress) on November 2, 2007 (email verified)

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Great for adults!! WGU has been a true gift!! I have had previous college experience, with my Associates out of the way, and part of my bachelors at a brick and mortar state university. I always felt like sitting in the class room was a waste of time and wished to just "do the assignments and to take the tests". Once I found WGU, I couldn't be happier! It is different from even other online courses. First of all, there are no message board requirements each week, no collaborative assignments with other students. You have the entire term to finish your assignments and take the tests. Or you may elect to finish them in a matter of weeks, and take additional courses at no additional charge!!! This is truely a school for working adults, or parents who are pressed for time. If you like getting a list of tasks (assignments), completing them, and taking a test, then this is the school for you. Many classes have books that are "recomended", yet after a quick browse through the message boards one may find that there is no need to even spend money on books for many classes. CDs and computer programs and some books are sent to you free of charge for some classes. Granted, there are no "teachers", but there are learning communities and message boards for every class with at least 2-4 leaders, who answer questions, if they arent already answered by fellow students who are very eager to help. These message boards are very detailed and questions are just as if in a real class room. If you arent sure that your doing something right, they will give examples, just as a real professor would. For those that need a bit of encouragement, there is a required relationship with a mentor, whom you will schedule phone conversations with on a regular basis. In the beginning it is at least once a week, then slows to once a month unless you need them more. You are always allowed to call when you want, or email. I have also found that other students are really helpful as well. Many of us have exchanged instant messenger names so that we can talk in real time about life, assingments or even have complaint sessions. Word of warning though, it is very very easy to put off doing assigments until the end of the term and getting caught up in stress to get them turned in with time for grading!!! so...PROCRASTINATORS BEWARE! The cost is only a few hundred more than what I was paying at Fayetteville State University!!! Much cheaper than other online schools that I checked out first. Now that I have sounded like a full fledged comercial, I will leave y'all to finish my essay in RUA1.
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Shlmos (In Progress) on September 12, 2007 (email verified)

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Wonderful School I am in my third year of WGU. It is fabulous. I had the same mentor all the way through until recently, and the only reason she ceased to be my mentor was because she was unexpectantly promoted. She is still a major source of support for me though. The program is work at your own pace. Meaning, if you can possibly do it, you have the option of receiving your bachelors degree in one term. You have to realize though that, as with any other school, there is a minimum you must complete each term in order to continue (75% or 12 units), and this is especially true if you receive federal financial aid because it is government regulated. It is a school better suited to those who work independently, and are capable of learning on there own. But this is the case with any online institution. They provide all the help possible, but you can only do so much when you aren't face to face. The test are hard, but they are trying to make certain that you know your material. Currently many tests are large, and a few are equivalent to 4 college course finals and one would be equivalent to 7 college course finals, and you take it in one test. On the other hand, you are learning much more much more quickly. They are, however, in progress of breaking these large tests up. I haven't had a problem with the school. In fact, it has been a fabulous experience so far, and I am looking forward to completing my degree a years early. Actually two, considering I changed my major a year into this (from Information Systems to Business-Information Technology Management). The price is awesome compared to any other school. I highly recommend this school to anyone who hasn't the time (or in my case patience) to sit in a traditional class room who is capable of working independently on their studies. Oh, and one more thing, the school has regional accreditation, which is the best form of accreditation a university can receive. Some businesses and organizations won't accept any other form!
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Linlo68 (In Progress) on August 30, 2007 (email verified)

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WGU - Worth every penny I am currently attending Western Governors University full time working toward my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. I have attended both on-line and traditional universities in the past and they all change their programs… it’s a part of life. I have read the other reviews here and have this to say; WGU is very upfront with all of their requirements. You have to plan and manage you time accordingly. This is not a university for those who require a lot of hand holding. This is a competency based school and as such you as a student are required to learn on your own. I have had no issues meeting the requirements that WGU has established for my degree program. I too was affected by the "policy" change that was referred to in another post. This change has no effect on my ability to complete more then the 12 required units of study per semester. This policy was instituted to help those students who were having problems meeting the requirement to complete at least 12 units per semester. I have been able to complete 18 units in less then twelve months and should have my degree in six months. The beauty of this school is you have the opportunity to complete as many classes as you want for a fix semester fee. As with anything in life, WGU is what YOU make of it…
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 19, 2007 (email verified)

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Not Very Good WGU assigns a mentor to each student. I have had 4 mentors in 2 1/2 years because they left WGU. There is no support for the courses. The courses are composed of 6 to 10 extensive essays you are required to write. The instructions are very vague and there is no support. The text books for the course usually have very little to do with the actual work you are required to complete. The exams are not based on the text books and the competencies that the exams are based on can be up to 4-5 pages of material. You basically teach yourself and write tons and tons of essays. You need to be very good at finding your own material to complete the research and you must be willing to write about 100 or more essays depending on the degree you are working on.
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Taylormade52 (In Progress) on June 17, 2007

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Great Opportunity This is a terrific program if you make the most out of it by taking classes they offer and utilizing that information. Most difficult is getting use to the different interfaces each set of classes offers. The mentoring and guidance is phenomenal and I found my mentor available by both email and phone. I am in my third semester and will be finished ahead of schedule. It does require the student to have some initiative and focus as would any online program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 7, 2007 (email verified)

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Think twice I have three terms left. They have changed policy midstream effectively cutting the term from six months to four 1/2 months (not notifying students until five days after the policy change). Advertise go at your own pace but now if you do not make the deadline you have set four months earlier, they charge you $60.00 after four weeks if you are late. The problem is they can take up to two weeks to grade a paper and send it back for a small correction, then another two weeks to grade again. The worst thing is that they left a message today basically saying they can do what they want, thanked everyone for the feedback but they didn't care and were sticking to what they decided. They keep denying they've cut the time of the term. We aren't stupid out there,it's not true just because they say it is. They have basically cheated their students and not lived up to their promises. There is talk of suing them but I bet they checked with their lawyers before they did this. I gave the school a value of 9 because a degree is worth a lot to me. They don't have the right to mess with our dreams and goals do they?
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Greener.john (In Progress) on March 28, 2007 (email verified)

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You get what you give out of it I have to say you get out of this school what you put into it. I'm fairly happy with the entire process and people who put a lot into it get a lot out of it. Well worth the money and I went to a state university in California. There is busy work but that exists everywhere I have been.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 12, 2007 (email verified)

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Not very good The way this school is set up is that it is a series of test. There are no teachers and classes that you learn from. You teach yourself. I found this format to be hard. They suggest books for you to read and such but there is no assignments and no instructor telling you what you need.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 3, 2007 (email verified)

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Graduate My WGU experience was a depressing slog through low quality materials (20 year old Cantor training videos) and mind-numbing busy work. This is really not a university -it's just an opportunity to write assignments (that are graded by people with low substantive knowledge) and take easy tests that don't match the assignments anyway. After a while I pretty much gave up trying and just made stuff up. It didn't matter -I still passed. I would never hire a WGU grad based only on a WGU credential.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 12, 2007 (email verified)

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Highly Recommended!! I would highly recommend WGU. Their mentors are nice and will help you with every step of the way. The tuition is very affordable, usually cheaper than most state universities. They are FULLY accredited.
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Gukelaw (In Progress) on December 19, 2006 (email verified)

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WGU Bad Money I attended Western Governor's University over a year ago. I thought the program was well organized but I have now been contacted by a collection agency about $81 they claim I still owe. It has been reported to the credit bureaus as delinquent and instead of trying to resolve the debt WGU referred me to a collection agency and affected my credit for $81. Think twice before signing up!
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