Augustana Reviews

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Steven C. Bahls
4 Ratings

    Great people but losing direction under current leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Island, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Island, IL

    I have been working at Augustana full-time (more than 5 years)


    The people I worked with at Augustana were second to none! Having also attended the institution as a student, I was well-versed in the culture and the Augustana community spirit for many years before becoming a professional. Within your department you are highly valued by peers and colleagues and proud of the work that you do.


    Over the years Augustana seems to have lost its way somewhat. Originally, I found the campus to be a very welcoming one, where everyone greeted every passerby like they were friends. The culture has changed significantly over the last decade and while you feel valued in your department, you do not always feel your department is valued by the higher powers. In my opinion, Augustana has become more of an obvious business than the community it once was. I feel that people are valued less and departments are given less and less to work with in order to achieve objectives.

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    While I have very many positives when I look back on my many years with Augustana, these are somewhat spoiled by the the apparent trajectory or the school's ethos. I have seen my department, an essential one for an instituition of this type, nearly eliminated and the budget more than halved. Further, some of the best people I have worked with have been refused promotions simply because they were dedicated servants to the school and not, external candidates.

    Therefore, my advice to management is that you learn to truly value the people that do the work on the ground, not just your directors and dean. Remember that the people who are working day in and day out with the students are the ones who have the potential to make the biggest difference to their experience. That is how you will increase your endowment.

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Headquarters Rock Island, IL
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1860
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Augustana College is a private liberal arts college located near the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois. The school offers undergraduate degrees in some 50 areas of study plus pre-professional programs in fields including dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine. It enrolls approximately 2,500 students. The Swenson Center, a national archive dedicated to the study of Swedish immigration to the US, is housed on the Augustana campus. Augustana College was founded in 1860 by Swedish settlers and is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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