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Complaint Review: Western International University

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  • Submitted: Wed, August 07, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, April 12, 2014

  • Reported By: Jen Lynn — Texas
Western International University
1601 W Fountainhead Pkwy Tempe, Arizona USA

Western International University University of Phoenix, Lies and Manipulation Tempe Arizona

*General Comment: Lies and Slander

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I first contacted what I thought was University of Phoenix in 2004. I was assigned an advisor/counselor who was supposed to help me determine the best courses to take for the progam I wanted. I told him I really wanted to teach, and wanted to know what kind of teaching programs they had to offer for Texas residents. He explained to me that they did offer a teaching program and there were specific courses I had to take. He walked me through my choices and together we chose the best course plan for what I wanted; so I thought.

At first, everything seemed to be OK with my schedule. I had a couple of electives and some reasonable courses, like math, philosophy, and literature. After the first set of courses were completed, I contacted my advisor/counselor to select my courses for the next term. I was told my original advisor was "let go" and I had been assigned another advisor. I had to go over everything with him about what program I was enrolled in and what courses I would like to take. 

After explaining to him everything I had already gone over with my previous advisor, he informed me that I wasn't enrolled in the University of Phoenix. I was attending a "sister school" called Western International University. He quickly told me everything was OK, because they were a feeder school for University of Phoenix and it wouldn't effect how my credits transferred. He assured me that everything was 100% transferrable to any university and once I had completed my two years there, I could transfer to University of Phoenix if I wished to obtain my Bachelor's degree.

Of course I was pretty upset to find out I had been attending a totally different school than I intended on attending, but I calmed down and took his word for it; after all, he was my advisor. We then started discussing my course schedule for the upcoming term. That's when I really started realizing something was terribly wrong. 

My advisor told me one of the courses I had to take was Business Law. I asked him why on earth I would need Business Law for a degree in Elementary Education. It just didn't make much sense to me. He started laughing and told me they didn't offer teaching degree programs to students outside of Arizona. He then informed me that I was in the Business program. Of course I was once again very upset.

After talking with him for a couple of hours trying to get everything sorted out, we both decided I should continue out the year because I had already taken out the loan and the school already had my money. I asked him straight out if I continued the program, were my credits transferrable to another university in Texas. He assured me that they would transfer, because it was a fully accredited school. So I decided to go ahead and continue the business program because I didn't want to lose the money and owe for loans on an education I never received.

I had various other problems and was tossed around to two more advisors the following year, but I did graduate with my Associate's degree in Business in 2006. Fast forward to 2010 where I enroll in the University of Houston. I start going through the same process with the counselor, trying to decide what courses I need to take and how many credits I'll need. The counselor informs me that I will have to start over because only two of the courses I have taken with Western International University will transfer.

So here I am now, still not able to transfer to a local university to obtain my Bachelor's degree and still unable to find a decent job. I have thousands of dollars in student loans I have to pay and no money to pay them because I can't find a decent job that pays enough, unless I have a Bachelor's degree. I can't get the Bachelor's degree without taking out more student loans and starting a business program over from day one. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/07/2013 03:04 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Western-International-University/Tempe-Arizona-85282/Western-International-University-University-of-Phoenix-Lies-and-Manipulation-Tempe-Ari-1073937. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 General Comment

Lies and Slander

AUTHOR: Advisor4you - ()

First off every college student should know right from the gate it doesn't matter what school you go to NO SCHOOL HAS 100% TRANFERABILITY OF ALL CREDITS PERIOD. Second, you knew when you attended that school whether you went to WIU or UOP the tuition costs different the way the classes are set up are differnt and unless you were in the state of Arizona the teaching courses do not apply to you. Basically your whole post is a lie accept I bet your advisor was let go which lead you into conjuring up the big old story to make the school you were attending look bad. Do your research, know what you are talking about. WIU first 2 courses come out of pocket no matter what, they do not let your financial aid pay for it. Second, WIU is a sister school of UOP and the credits would transfer into UOP they use that as a way for people to obtain their associates degree or General education requirements at a less expensive cost per credit hour than other schools. By Going to WIU you will be able to relax and know your GEN ED courses will transfer into the school without having to worry otherwise if you went to texas community college and tries to go to texas university most likely still some of those courses wont transfer because of the way the curriculum is set up. Basically your just ranting on how much you didn't listen to your advisors and because of that came up with your own stories and excuses and want to tarnish a reputable school that has graduated over 800,000 students from 130 different countries all with degrees they are able to use with confidence. as for you stating that your degree does not transfer to another school. degrees transfer wherever the thing is a lot of schools do not offer associates degrees and only minors for a bachelors degree. otherwise any other school that offers a associates and bachelors degree will accept that associates as long as it is from a regionally accredited school and you would start off into your bachelors program and the associates courses waived due to the degree you currently hold not by the classes you have taken

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