Western Governors University Questions and Answers / Threads related to WGU

veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
I did a thread search in TE for all WGU related content, and much to my surprise I found numerous threads with WGU at least mentioned in them. For that reason I have decided to start this thread to bring them together and also provide a dedicated thread to future WGU questions, and comments.

I hope this of use to those curious about Western Governors University, and interested in sharing your experiences at the WGU.

Many are willing to help you out with the Refer-a-Friend (used to avoid paying the application fee,) and you can ask for help with this on the following thread: Refer-A-Fried Thread

About Western Governors University:
Western Governors University is an online university driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs. WGU has flourished into a national university, serving over 17,000 students from all 50 states.
The university continues to open doors for adult learners who need flexibility to achieve their education and career goals. WGU’s innovative competency-based academic approach makes it possible, allowing individuals to fit their education into their lives, not the other way around.
History of Western Governors University:
WGU was founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states. At no other time in the history of higher education have the governors of several states joined together to create a university. WGU is also supported by over 20 major corporations and foundations who believe in WGU’s commitment to producing highly competent graduates.
Western Governors University - Indiana

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WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established by the state of Indiana through a partnership with Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents.
Information Technology Degrees at WGU:
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  • WebmasterWebmaster Posts: 10,292Admin
    Good idea, I made it a Sticky. icon_thumright.gif
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Webmaster wrote: »
    Good idea, I made it a Sticky. icon_thumright.gif

    Thanks Johan!
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,030Admin Admin
    It would be nice if all TE members currently attending, or graduated from, WGU were to make themselves known here.
  • msteinhilbermsteinhilber Posts: 1,480Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I'm just over one month into the M.S. Info. Security and Assurance program.

    If anybody has any questions about the MSIA program and my experiences thus far I'd be happy to help. Current WGU students can add me to the WGU Messenger using nickname "mjsteinhilber" if you want to chat.
  • kalebkspkalebksp Posts: 1,033Member
    I'm in my second term of the BS IT Network Design and Management degree.

    If anyone has questions about that degree I'll do my best to answer.
    Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
    -Ayn Rand

    vCabbage
  • qwertyiopqwertyiop Posts: 725Member
    I'm in the BS IT Network Administration program and im on my last term
  • SephStormSephStorm Posts: 1,732Member
    I don't know if i've asked this before, but I am trying to decide between WGU's BS:IT NA of IT Security. I am gearing my career towards IT security, but I feel that knowing how to administer a network is valuable in learning how to defend one, and I can always go for the MSIA later, which I intend to do.

    Also I would love to hear about possible alternative/competitors as online schools.
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    I would do the Network Design over the Network Admin.
    I got a fortune cookie that said "Outlook not so good" and I thought to myself "Yeah...but Microsoft sells it anyway."
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    SephStorm wrote: »
    I don't know if i've asked this before, but I am trying to decide between WGU's BS:IT NA of IT Security. I am gearing my career towards IT security, but I feel that knowing how to administer a network is valuable in learning how to defend one, and I can always go for the MSIA later, which I intend to do.

    Also I would love to hear about possible alternative/competitors as online schools.

    Please keep the alternative colleges discussion to the: http://www.techexams.net/forums/jobs-degrees/50644-can-i-get-some-recommendations-accredited-online-colleges.html thread. This one is meant for WGU conversations.

    I would say the choice comes down to whether you want to specialize in Cisco or Windows. Their security emphasis is Cisco, so if you want to specialize in Windows I would suggest the Network Design and Management.

    On a completely different topic connected to WGU, I should mention that I was surprised to have my mentor inform me that all my books for my current courses were being shipped to me! Imagine my surprise since I thought I would have to purchase them :D
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  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    I should also mention that I started a thread for TechExams.net members to connect on WGU's IT Program Community Forum.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • SephStormSephStorm Posts: 1,732Member
    Thats crazy, let us know if that is something new or if you just got lucky. I'll take a look at the other thread.

    Idk about NDM, I have no interest in designing networks, sort of when I look at MCSA vs MCSE, the Admin path interests me more than the Engineer path.

    thoughts?
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    SephStorm wrote: »
    Thats crazy, let us know if that is something new or if you just got lucky. I'll take a look at the other thread.

    Will do.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,030Admin Admin
    SephStorm wrote: »
    Idk about NDM, I have no interest in designing networks, sort of when I look at MCSA vs MCSE, the Admin path interests me more than the Engineer path.

    thoughts?
    Lots more money down the engineering path.
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    I should mention that I was surprised to have my mentor inform me that all my books for my current courses were being shipped to me! Imagine my surprise since I thought I would have to purchase them :D
    Maybe they noticed the web traffic (and students) heading over to WGU from some of the threads you've started/participated in about WGU here on TechExams and want to keep you happy. :D
    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
  • WebmasterWebmaster Posts: 10,292Admin
    On a completely different topic connected to WGU, I should mention that I was surprised to have my mentor inform me that all my books for my current courses were being shipped to me! Imagine my surprise since I thought I would have to purchase them :D
    Nice, and surprising indeed after having read the following yesterday:
    WGU site wrote:
    Textbook Purchases
    In most assessments, you will be provided a course of study that outlines the resources you can use to develop the necessary competencies—some courses require textbooks. Textbooks are not included as part of tuition, so you will be responsible for purchasing the books you require.
    WGU operates an online bookstore through EdMap that contains all of the required texts. Books are competitively priced and, in some cases, can be purchased in an "eText" version at a considerable saving.
  • kalebkspkalebksp Posts: 1,033Member
    On a completely different topic connected to WGU, I should mention that I was surprised to have my mentor inform me that all my books for my current courses were being shipped to me! Imagine my surprise since I thought I would have to purchase them :D

    Which courses are you currently taking? They normally send books for the certification courses, but not for the other general education courses (science, writing, math). For the ones they don't send you there are "free" online version available or you can buy the books yourself.
    Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
    -Ayn Rand

    vCabbage
  • msteinhilbermsteinhilber Posts: 1,480Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    On a completely different topic connected to WGU, I should mention that I was surprised to have my mentor inform me that all my books for my current courses were being shipped to me! Imagine my surprise since I thought I would have to purchase them :D

    How do you get off that easy? I dropped ~$350 for books this term. The only one I didn't have to pay for was ONV2 (the Network+ exam) but I never cracked that book open.

    Shame you!
  • qwertyiopqwertyiop Posts: 725Member
    I'm finishing my last term and have only purchased 1 book since I began.
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    mikej412 wrote: »
    Maybe they noticed the web traffic (and students) heading over to WGU from some of the threads you've started/participated in about WGU here on TechExams and want to keep you happy. :D

    and here I just figured it was because I am special! icon_cool.gif
    Which courses are you currently taking? They normally send books for the certification courses, but not for the other general education courses (science, writing, math). For the ones they don't send you there are "free" online version available or you can buy the books yourself.

    Writing courses, A+, and CIW Essentials.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • vColevCole Posts: 1,574Member
    I start April 1st in the Network Design and Management Degree :)
  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Member
    Webmaster wrote: »
    Nice, and surprising indeed after having read the following yesterday:

    I think the stated textbook policy is a bit of CYA. They really can't afford to send books for everything and keep tuition down, but in some cases electronic materials just won't cut it. I'm just glad tuition covers the majority of materials.
    Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    --Will Rogers
  • bwcartybwcarty Posts: 422Member
    I'm in the BS IT - Network Design & Management program, and I'll be finished well before the end of the year.

    I've had books provided for all CIW and CompTIA based courses, and it seems like the other books you need are available through your student subscription to Books 24x7.
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  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member
    Books 24x7 is good for all the books you need to purchase. I'm in Network Design and Management and have two terms left. The MCTS books however leave a lot to be desired. There are a lot of corrections to the texts (24x7 doesn' fix them) and having the hard copy $$$ let's you fix the errors.
    Several of us have been posting links to corrections in the client/server community.
    Nice to see so many WGU students here.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,030Admin Admin
    I start April 1st in the Network Design and Management Degree :)
    NO!! icon_eek.gif YOU TOO??


    I must have missed your announcement of this life-changing event on Twitter! icon_lol.gif
  • thomAZthomAZ Posts: 50Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I'm currently in my 1st term of WGU in Network Admin. I've completed the CIW Essentials course and the Language Arts essay course. I'm currenty working on the Integrated Natural Science course and Langauge Arts Research Paper course. So far things are going pretty smooth and the mentor I have is great.
    In Progress: Currently enrolled in WGU: Studying for Net+

    Degree: A.A.S Electronic Systems Technology
  • jahsouljahsoul Posts: 453Member
    I just got off of the phone with an enrollment counselor, who seemed pretty cool btw and I'm about to dive into the application process. Do they still have the referral program. If so, would anyone mind referring me? :D
    Reading: What ever is on my desk that day :study:
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    WoW! I am blown away by the amount of hits, and replies produced by my opening thread. I wasn't sure there would even be enough interest to make it worth it.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Member
    WoW! I am blown away by the amount of hits, and replies produced by my opening thread. I wasn't sure there would even be enough interest to make it worth it.

    In a tough economy, schooling discussions in general will likely draw more interest than usual.

    Given the nature of the programs and their accessibility to this board's users, WGU discussions should be even more popular.
    Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    --Will Rogers
  • xmalachixmalachi Posts: 552Member
    My biggest concern with a WGU degree would be that it wouldn't transfer for a Master's program. Has anyone here transferred their degree? I just don't understand how they could transfer since it is competency based. Has anyone here graduated with a Bachelor's or only gone a semester then decided to go elsewhere? My other concern would be how future employers may look at an online college. Do any IT managers or anyone in general want to expand upon this? Thanks in advance.
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    xmalachi wrote: »
    My biggest concern with a WGU degree would be that it wouldn't transfer for a Master's program. Has anyone here transferred their degree? I just don't understand how they could transfer since it is competency based. Has anyone here graduated with a Bachelor's or only gone a semester then decided to go elsewhere? My other concern would be how future employers may look at an online college. Do any IT managers or anyone in general want to expand upon this? Thanks in advance.

    According to some of the folks I have talked to at WGU Student Hall there have been several students who have gotten their BS/BA and gone somewhere else for Master degree. I am at this moment considering East Carolina for my Master Degree in INFOSEC. Don't forget that WGU has multiple accreditations. If you are really concerned I would contact the institution you are intersted in getting your Master degree at and ask them.
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