My WGU Point of View
What I Dis/Like About WGU
Here are my random thoughts on things that I particularly like or dislike about WGU.
I work on
schedule which sometimes means starting work at 9PM
Reading Dummies books as part of an assignment
Not having to fight traffic
Taking one class at a time (it helps with a bad memory)
Not taking objective exams (those are only for undergrad)
The classes last only as long as I
them. I'm in control.
Cost. This program will cost around $12K vs. the other schools I was looking at that came with a price tag of about $40K
HR course mentor. He knows his stuff and he's got a sense of humor.
No minimum or maximum number of pages when writing a paper. (EDIT: This changes for Capstone/Task 3.)
Quick turnaround time on grading. I've never waited more than 4 days (EDIT: Until the Capstone.)
Being able to make revisions and resubmit a paper until I pass.
Ecommerce Task: Received specific feedback regarding both the positive as well as the places where revisions were needed
Graders who give feedback regarding things I need to revise as well as things I did well
Not stressing about finals
When my mentor "coaches" me to a solution
Being able to take a "break" from one class by taking another one concurrently
Scheduling my own breaks, even if they are a month long
Having to speak with my mentor for an hour every other week. Often, I have nothing to say since I've already given her an update via email
Ecommerce mentor whose advice to every question is to watch his video
Course of Study + other materials that aren't consistent, i.e. they tell you to do different things
I sometimes feel isolated because I can't talk to anyone who actually knows what it's like to do this.
Wish they had a class in entrepreneurship
Not being able to test-out of classes or having any of my graduate-level courses transfer
APA style. Seriously, double spacing to make my 9 page paper 17 pages does not actually make me any smarter.
Rubric is too vague. I seriously hope the graders don't use it. The difference between "adequate" and "substantial" is too subjective.
HR: Comments from the graders for papers that need revisions are often vague.
Graders not commenting on the things you did well, only the things you did wrong.
Not feeling like I can truly dive into my next class before I get the grade for the current grade.
ECommerce course mentor. His answer to everything is, "Have you watched the video?"
Supply Chain simulation. This software is older than I am! "Microcomputers"?!? Seriously?
When my student mentor doesn't follow up on something.
Not being able to switch class sections when I don't like the course mentor.
Not being able to pick any elective courses.
No course in project management
Tasks that are unclear, poorly written, and use poor grammar.
Assigned readings that don't seem to fit with the assignments. (Supply Chain)
SkillSoft Modules - they are just
old and useless. Also, if I did use something, how would I cite it?
Online texts that are blurry, and difficult to read.
Taking a class that was unnecessary because my enrollment counselor didn't think I could handle the program that I really wanted.
Feeling like I have to "dumb down" my answers in order to pass.
Feeling isolated. Despite living in a medium-sized city, I have not been able to meet others in my program.
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