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Program: BA Social Science
Posted on March 12, 2009 by Ashlee

I am a current WGU student enrolled in the BA Social Science / Teaching Licensure program. I am currently in my fifth semester. Let me start by saying that I would love to attend a "brick and mortar" institution but my current schedule would not allow it. That being said, I have had minimal issues with WGU, and am satisfied with my experience.

The issues I have had with the University are:
1- Never getting the Financial Aid office to return calls (but what school is this not true of?)
2- Minor revisions in the online learning format
3- A major structure overhall of my degree program - but it turned out to be better suited for me in the long run.

So yes, there are some issues with the school. However, all the staff have been helpful, and I have had no problem being accepted to student teach at the high school right down the street from me.

Being an independent learner is the most important thing. You get very little direction from your mentor, and must develop a learning strategy that suits your needs. Some classes do involve endless pumping out of essays, others are simply self-study for a few months to pass a locally proctored exam. The most interesting class was writing & public speaking... in which I had to video record my speech (on an extensive research paper) and send it to be graded.

I have attended both WGU and a regular University. The major difference in the WGU experience is that I am able to sort through the course of study, determine what I am already competent in, and focus on the areas in which I need improvement - without falling asleep at 8am lectures.
 
   
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