Carson-Newman College Reviews

Updated May 5, 2015
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  1. Great school and purpose, but in a tough spot as a workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson City, TN

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Christian work environment, encouraged to share values and mentor students, other like-minded teachers who are true servants

    Cons

    School is in a tight financial spot right now so 401(k) matching benefits have been removed, have only had one 2% pay raise in 3 years that didn't even cover the health insurance cost increase, really have to see this as serving to come here


  2. professor

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co workers and campus

    Cons

    new benifuts for students and workers

    Advice to Management

    New budget better income and approach


  3. Avoid

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    Former Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Jefferson City, TN
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Jefferson City, TN

    I worked at Carson-Newman College full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great civic programs, faculty are fun to work with, most student affairs staff care about students

    Cons

    Football has awful retention rates, recruits students who aren't academic fits for the institution, basically makes money off of first year students taking out loans and then dropping out. Buildings are falling apart and the school has no money to fix things.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention, drop emphasis of sports. ITs not gonna save you


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  5. Great purpose clouded by budget and strategy issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carson-Newman College full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Able to teach and coach students in the best way you see fit. Flexibility in the classroom. Great at service learning and pushing the students to see past the classroom and to see the higher purpose in what they do.

    Cons

    Budget constraints have doubled and tripled some class sizes - with no additional help. Pay and positions cuts have pushed the faculty to where they are hanging on by a thread. I saw 70% of the faculty in my division leave within a four-year period, though there are still some faculty passionate about nurturing students.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously in a budget crunch you heavily focus on fundraising and reducing expenses. If you have to do that, take care of your faculty in other ways. If they are suffering, hold them up -- don't burden them with more administrative tasks


  6. The truth about Carson Newman

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College

    Pros

    Carson Newman has provide me the opportunity to build an entire degree program with academic standards that supersede larger universities. My supervisor and dean have continually supported any changes I recommended for the curriculum, GPA standards and laboratory equipment requisite for me to provide an exemplary educational environment for my students.

    Cons

    Mirroring larger universities, it is blatantly apparent that athletic ventures (e.g., football) receive the preponderance of financial gifts and enjoy facilities that grossly exceed most academic classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a pragmatic financial strategy to permit the university to maintain it's financial solvency without a significant reliance on donations from entities who wish to influential the religious principles championed by the university.


  7. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carson-Newman College

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with. Solid academic reputation. Employees tend to come and stay a long time. Good sense of family.

    Cons

    Suffers from budget issues, lack of fund raising. Athletics is rarely affected by budget cuts but academic departments are affected nearly every year. Needs a strong administration with good leadership. Has a Provost that wants to run the college.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the facutly.



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