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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xmalachi View Post
    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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    Thanks for the link and great suggestion on contacting the institute. I'm just trying to really figure out what is going to be best. I really love the idea of a degree + certs so I think I am going to end up going with the WGU route. I just want to clarify on some things before I dive in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xmalachi View Post
    Thanks for the link and great suggestion on contacting the institute. I'm just trying to really figure out what is going to be best. I really love the idea of a degree + certs so I think I am going to end up going with the WGU route. I just want to clarify on some things before I dive in.
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    I'm leaning towards WGU as well, but I need them to give me straight answer about what old credits I can transfer in? I'd like to do the Network Admin, but I really don't want to do any more general studies courses than absolutely necessary.

    I did the first two years of an Economics program almost 20 years ago, so I already have college credit for psych, lit, french, yadda yadda. I later did two years of a Computers Systems diploma, and now I'm one cert away from the MCITP:SA, so I'm delaying for sure until I'm done that..

    May also self-study for Security+ before applying (two reasons: one, to get it done before end of year and have a lifetime cert; two, so that I won't have to use my WGU time to earn it)

    Anyways, I can't seem to get a firm reply saying "Yes, you took this this and this, you won't have to take them again" and whether I can transfer my credits to more than 25% of the WGU courses
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piers View Post
    I'm leaning towards WGU as well, but I need them to give me straight answer about what old credits I can transfer in? I'd like to do the Network Admin, but I really don't want to do any more general studies courses than absolutely necessary.

    I did the first two years of an Economics program almost 20 years ago, so I already have college credit for psych, lit, french, yadda yadda. I later did two years of a Computers Systems diploma, and now I'm one cert away from the MCITP:SA, so I'm delaying for sure until I'm done that..

    May also self-study for Security+ before applying (two reasons: one, to get it done before end of year and have a lifetime cert; two, so that I won't have to use my WGU time to earn it)

    Anyways, I can't seem to get a firm reply saying "Yes, you took this this and this, you won't have to take them again" and whether I can transfer my credits to more than 25% of the WGU courses
    I imagine they are protecting themselves by not giving a firm yes or no without it being evaluated. You simply need to send in your paperwork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piers View Post
    I'm leaning towards WGU as well, but I need them to give me straight answer about what old credits I can transfer in? I'd like to do the Network Admin, but I really don't want to do any more general studies courses than absolutely necessary.

    I did the first two years of an Economics program almost 20 years ago, so I already have college credit for psych, lit, french, yadda yadda. I later did two years of a Computers Systems diploma, and now I'm one cert away from the MCITP:SA, so I'm delaying for sure until I'm done that..

    May also self-study for Security+ before applying (two reasons: one, to get it done before end of year and have a lifetime cert; two, so that I won't have to use my WGU time to earn it)

    Anyways, I can't seem to get a firm reply saying "Yes, you took this this and this, you won't have to take them again" and whether I can transfer my credits to more than 25% of the WGU courses
    The best way to find out is probably to apply. I'm sure there are people here that would be glad to refer you to the program so that you don't have to pay the application fee but you could find out what transfers this way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xmalachi View Post
    I'm sure there are people here that would be glad to refer you to the program so that you don't have to pay the application fee but you could find out what transfers this way.
    I am certainly more than willing to refer you...
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    I'm thinking about enrolling in WGU. I currently have an A.A.S. in Network Administration and Engineering from a local community college here in my home state. I also have MCSA, Net+, and A+ certifications. Hopefully, I'll have Security+ on March 26th.

    I like that WGU is online and can work with my work schedule. Currently, I'm an IT admin at a local bank. My question is has anybody tried transferring credits to WGU? Also, do they take certifications for credit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmalachi View Post
    The best way to find out is probably to apply. I'm sure there are people here that would be glad to refer you to the program so that you don't have to pay the application fee but you could find out what transfers this way.
    I'd prefer to get the answers, before I pay my old uni's to send out transcript for assessment.. if I can confirm that yes, everything previously done will count (eliminating perhaps 60-70% of the program), then I'm on board
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    I'd prefer to get the answers, before I pay my old uni's to send out transcript for assessment.. if I can confirm that yes, everything previously done will count (eliminating perhaps 60-70% of the program), then I'm on board
    I have applied to numerous colleges/universities in the past, and I have yet to have one give me an answer over the phone. They want to see your transcripts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piers View Post
    I'd prefer to get the answers, before I pay my old uni's to send out transcript for assessment.. if I can confirm that yes, everything previously done will count (eliminating perhaps 60-70% of the program), then I'm on board
    Most schools that I have applied to will accept a unofficial copy and course description in order to see what will transfer over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piers View Post
    I'm leaning towards WGU as well, but I need them to give me straight answer about what old credits I can transfer in? I'd like to do the Network Admin, but I really don't want to do any more general studies courses than absolutely necessary.

    I did the first two years of an Economics program almost 20 years ago, so I already have college credit for psych, lit, french, yadda yadda. I later did two years of a Computers Systems diploma, and now I'm one cert away from the MCITP:SA, so I'm delaying for sure until I'm done that..

    May also self-study for Security+ before applying (two reasons: one, to get it done before end of year and have a lifetime cert; two, so that I won't have to use my WGU time to earn it)

    Anyways, I can't seem to get a firm reply saying "Yes, you took this this and this, you won't have to take them again" and whether I can transfer my credits to more than 25% of the WGU courses
    See this is the problem that I have as well, only that I have zero college credits. I'm wondering if I can take CLEP exams for certain classes and transfer them in. Or is that even necessary? Don't they have their own version of "testing out" of classes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by subl1m1nal View Post
    I like that WGU is online and can work with my work schedule. Currently, I'm an IT admin at a local bank. My question is has anybody tried transferring credits to WGU? Also, do they take certifications for credit?
    Yes, you can provide transcripts from CompTIA, Microsoft, etc. to get credit for some courses. I'm not sure if older versions of the CompTIA exams will carry over or not.

    Also, it looks like most of the programs that include Microsoft based exams are now on the 2008 server exams instead of the MCSA/MCSE track. When I started, that wasn't the case, and I got credit for all of my MCSE exams.
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    Old CompTIA exams do not apply. I have to take A+ and N+ again. Also you have to take the full exam not a bridge exam. Seems to be same with Microsoft have to take exams as if you are not certified instead of upgrading.
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    I'm wrapping up my 3rd term at WGU for BS in IT. I should be finished with the program by this time next year.

    If anyone wants a referral to waive the application fee, you may PM me as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwcarty View Post
    Yes, you can provide transcripts from CompTIA, Microsoft, etc. to get credit for some courses. I'm not sure if older versions of the CompTIA exams will carry over or not.

    Also, it looks like most of the programs that include Microsoft based exams are now on the 2008 server exams instead of the MCSA/MCSE track. When I started, that wasn't the case, and I got credit for all of my MCSE exams.
    While most are on the 2008 server exam, I thought that a lot of courses in the Network Design and Management route could be skipped with the MCSA/MCSE (as stated on the 10/09 transfer list). If it has been updated, can I get the list..lol
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    Got a copy of the Transfer Evaluation Guidelines.. All certs, degrees or courses for the Core IT stuff must have been completed within the past 5 years.

    It also says theat "WGU does not perform unofficial evaluations or accept unofficial transcripts". It also states that the Official transcript evaluations will occur in the month prior to your start, which tells me you need to be committed to the program before you can find out which courses you don't have to take.. That's just not going to work for me.. I'm too old to start first year college again..
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    It also says theat "WGU does not perform unofficial evaluations or accept unofficial transcripts". It also states that the Official transcript evaluations will occur in the month prior to your start, which tells me you need to be committed to the program before you can find out which courses you don't have to take.. That's just not going to work for me.. I'm too old to start first year college again..
    I'd recommend this route, if you don't need financial aid:
    1. Rush your transcripts to them. Get tracking info if possible.
    2. Get a referral so you don't have to pay the application fee, and apply.
    You might also have to:
    3. Take the admission assessment exam.
    4. Make the two-payment arrangement with the bursar (but don't pay until you start!)
    5. Sit the intake interview.
    They're supposed to have a transfer evaluation to you within five days of receiving your transcripts, according to the student handbook. If they don't have that to you within five days and your program hasn't started yet, I'd be surprised if you couldn't withdraw your application.

    The transfer evaluation is probably one of the few areas I have a complaint with WGU on. Even the big 4 "assessment colleges" (Excelsior, TESC, Charter Oak and Athabasca) will tell you how your transfers look after you submit the application and pay the application fee. With those schools, you can see the transfer eval first and then decide if you want to commit.

    On the bright side, I have heard of WGU taking very old General Ed from community colleges and even places like ITT.
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    Did you guys send your MS transcript info to certificateinfo@wgu.edu?

    Seemed odd to randomly send an email to a generic address and hope it ends up in the right hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyper-Me View Post
    Did you guys send your MS transcript info to certificateinfo@wgu.edu?

    Seemed odd to randomly send an email to a generic address and hope it ends up in the right hands.

    I sent mine directly to my enrollment counselor.
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