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    Default Western Governors University Questions and Answers / Threads related to WGU

    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    Good idea, I made it a Sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webmaster View Post
    Good idea, I made it a Sticky.
    Thanks Johan!
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    It would be nice if all TE members currently attending, or graduated from, WGU were to make themselves known here.
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    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.
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    I'm in my second term of the BS IT Network Design and Management degree.

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    I'm in the BS IT Network Administration program and im on my last term
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    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.
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    I would do the Network Design over the Network Admin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SephStorm View Post
    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: Can I get some recommendations for accredited online colleges? 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
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    Default TechExams.net Thread on WGU

    I should also mention that I started a thread for TechExams.net members to connect on WGU's IT Program Community Forum.
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    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SephStorm View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SephStorm View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    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
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    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
    Nice, and surprising indeed after having read the following yesterday:

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    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
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    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
    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!
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    I'm finishing my last term and have only purchased 1 book since I began.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikej412 View Post
    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.
    and here I just figured it was because I am special!

    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.
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    I start April 1st in the Network Design and Management Degree
    NO!! YOU TOO??


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