Northland College – Ashland, WI
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I have been working at Northland College full-time (More than 8 years)
Beautiful area by Lake Superior. Lots of recreational choices close by.
This school has had so many chances to be a leader in environmental education and a sound, well-run private college. So, now, in 2013, the problems can no longer be blamed on past turnover and previous presidents. There is an arrogance in management that Northland is just "too special" to have to buckle down and actually compete with its peer institutions, for one example, by offering anything for adult learners in the community. All the right ingredients are there: superior employees and eager students. Yet another very poorly managed era for the school. Staff are treated like dogs. There is the overriding air that NC is an "employment at will" organization, and therefore, the attitude is "if you don't like it, you can just leave, and we will replace you, and we don't care." Also, the sexism and discrimination at the top levels is truly shocking, and a huge liability. Northland also does not promote from within. People get really fed up, leave, and in the scramble to replace them, HR looks for someone with those exact skills, most likely from out of the area. Lure them in with promises of great skiing and the Lake. Meanwhile, promising employees are not groomed for upward promotion, mentored, or offered any training. Really? Also, don't bother with any creative ideas or innovation. It won't be given the slightest attention. This place is truly "dysfunction junction."
Advice to Management
Get a clue. Look around at the rest of the world. Stop micromanaging. Stop asking for "input" and then ignoring it all together. Look at morale and your staff turnover rate! Communication is terrible, and power is concentrated in about 3 executive and 4 faculty people. The rest of the faculty suffer, the staff suffers. the curriculum suffers, operations suffer, retention suffers, students suffer and ultimately, the community suffers. The people at the top, the vast majority of whom are from out of the area, will move on after they have done their "stint" regardless of the damage they have done, and Ashland will be left with a dysfunctional, broke college, for the umpteenth time. The Board had better start doing its job of oversight and quit accepting visions given through the rose-colored glasses of the executives, or we are in for yet another cycle of failure. When will somebody fix this?