I started with WOL 12 weeks ago, for the first 4 weeks I was harassed repeatedly for money even though my first 2 semesters were covered. If I was covered for the next 18 weeks why were they all over me on the first week? I got phone calls EVERY day from 2 or more people. I refused to get a loan to pay off the last semester so I paid cash. When I asked how much I needed to give them, they told me $1200.
A week later I got a email saying I would be blocked from classes. I called about this only to be told I owed more money, I was then told the $1200 was only a estimate and it was another $3000! How can they not know what you owe them? Was it a lame way of reeling me in? Nickel and diming me? Talk about stress! Here I am out of school for 20yrs trying to go back and I'm harassed every day! I got that $3000 lowered to $2000, what they don't tell you is if you have the books or software for these classes you can get the price lowered!!! The price is assuming you don't have certain things.
Next was the courses. They tell you to start working on reports that will be due throughout the course but you can only see each week as it comes. How can you work on these things to lessen your load if you can't even view the material you need to be working on? If you were in a class room you would get a hand out to help work on these things like this, wouldn't you?
Next the elusive toolkit you HAVE to buy! What a dam joke. Im in for Graphic Design and Multimedia, my toolkit was $500 and consisted of a plastic tackle box with pens and pencils, exacto knife and eraser, glue stick, pencil sharpener, 2mb usb drive, and a blank media cd. The portfolio case with Westwoods logo on it and inside was 2 sheets of posterboard, pamphlet of drawing paper, colored pencils, colored markers, a triangle and a ruler!
Worth $500? H*ll No! The only thing I used was the pencil sharpener....half this crap I could have bought from the dam dollar store. It was MANDITORY though. I looked over all my classes the only class I would have used any of this for is done and over with, how the h*ll can you scan a posterboard into your computer anyway???
The assignments were wrong. Test/Quizzes stating they would be on the present week which they were actually on the previous or following weeks work (this happened 3 times), does anyone check this crap over before they give it to students?
Tutoring tools which weren't available and the instructor had no idea about it. Assignments which couldn't be completed due to sources no longer being available. The instructor had no idea confirming they don't even look over the assignments.
Directions for assignments were very vague, I would turn something in and be told redo it thats not it. I would email the instructor and ask what exactly I needed to do, only to be told reread the assignment? If I f'd it up the first time obviously I didn't understand it. I tried again though and 3 times got it wrong only to be told it's on page *** OH THANKS YOU COULDN'T TELL ME THAT BEFORE?!? This happened to alot of the students, we actually were talking to one another in emails about our courses.
Someone on here also said the courses are very close to each in work that needs to be done. Youre right they are, first semester 2 of the courses asked us to do a report on our career we want. Now this semester is asking for yet another....dear God does someone even plan out the courses?
The counselors what a joke....they act all concerned and tell you your conversation is being recorded. You think because it's being recorded I will be nice about what I have to say? Think again! Don't ask me my opinion if your not ready for the answer. I would get this line of calm down, that's weird I never heard of that happening. Typical sales attitude, they always want to make sure you're not going to quit.
Nasty Tutors, wow this one killed me. One of my classes asked me to use and evaluate one of the tutoring tools. I connect to the tutoring area, the tutor had very broken english and had a name I couldn't even pronounce. The tutor tried to help me understand the work, when all he really did was do it himself with no explanation. He asked if I had questions and when I asked questions, he went into his closing line of thanks for using blah blah have a nice day and disconnected me. What the h*ll???? Of course the instructor and the counselor both said "oh that's strange".
The servers they use have no security other then a login/password. We had to view others assignments, I proceeded to download someones assignment and my virus checker went nuts! They don't even scan things that are being uploaded to their own servers... The server goes down alot! We come to this school for the convience of doing the work when we can and the server dies or they do maintenance without saying anything.
One of my instructors actually changed the content of a assignment to make themselves not look like a idiot....CRAZY! The assignment was over and the instructor insisted that a section read something. I went to the section and copy and pasted that into the discussion and also captured the page.
Two days later the instructor copy and pasted something, I went back to find it in the section because I never saw it....oh look it there it is right below what I had posted. I went and looked at the screen capture and it wasn't there before!!!
Grading is a joke as well. They come down on you for mispelled words and bad grammar? You should see some of the crap they do, and they have the ability to fix it where we post and have no option of editing it.
I find alot of things wrong with this school and I'm so far into being done with my first year I just want to get it done and over with. I know college can't gaurantee me a job. I just get so pissed off when I see crap like this and I get even more pissed when I read others had the same issues. I don't know what to do, part of me wants out the other wants to finish.
Beaver Dams, New York