CollegeAmerica

  www.collegeamerica.edu
  www.collegeamerica.edu
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Nice College

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Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Phoenix, AZ

I worked at CollegeAmerica full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Class structure is nice and makes it easy to manage teaching load. Students are mostly non-traditional.

Cons

Far away from my home

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    Talk, Talk all Talk.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at CollegeAmerica

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, if you are flexible. Good if you are just looking to fill in a few hundred bucks a month part time,

    Cons

    Very low pay, the schedules are figured out a week a head of time instead of a month like they could be if done properly. Lots of talk about possibly increase in classes or schedule or new opportunities but nothing happens. Students are far below par for a "college" and they want you to teach to their level not at a college level. Everyone will pass and move to the next very expensive course. Management makes bank everyone else is poor including students. Seems like everyone gets fired at some point, instructors, administrators even school directors. Wow...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check out some of the other well established for profit school, see what they are paying their well educated instructors. Make more permanent positions for instructors not just "management".

    Doesn't Recommend
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    A terrible place to work as an educated instructor

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at CollegeAmerica

    Pros

    Flexibility if you need time off since classes only last four weeks. Headquarters office tries to keep employees motivated using current business strategy tactics.

    Cons

    Adjuncts have no time to prepare for classes in advance. Instructors must order their own instructor materials and since courses are only 4 weeks long, by the time they arrive, the class is half over! Training is inadequate for instructors. No feedback or performance evaluations are given by directors and none have audited any of my courses in just over a year -- as long as I worked there! Classes are poorly arranged, i.e. no markers for the boards, no erasers, no overheads, no computers set up for labs, IT classroom is a mess, etc. If instructors complain about any of these issues, they suddenly find they have no classes anymore, with no justification. Instructors have most of their performance based on student critiques, which is fine except that instructors are blamed for things such as absences/drops or when the student is unhappy with the course itself (such as when they feel they already know the curriculum and think it is a waste of time to be there for that course and/or pay for it) -- all of which are items they indicate on the class critiques. Full time positions are never discussed with instructors or staff members for opportunities to advance -- instead they must find out about opportunities from internet job boards. The director does not interact with students at all and has never taught courses. That person gives full discretion to the dean of education and does not appreciate any complaints because it's easier to let an adjunct fade away than get rid of the Dean since the dean does a lot of work for the director. There is no instructor recourse for any issues beyond the director. At organization functions, instructors are largely ignored with regard to recognition and awards -- in fact, I have never seen any awards given to any instructors. Instructors are not hired with adequate education. Some are teaching with only a Bachelor's degree, which might be fine in the healthcare area, but should never be done in the business/technology area. Compensation is terrible, even for the administrative areas, such as the dean/director, considering how much student's pay for their degrees, which in many cases is more expensive than an academic college. Adjuncts make $20 per hour with no time counted for preparation outside of class, and each class having a total of 32 hours of work per month, or $640. If there is a holiday with no classes that day, you do not get paid that day. Adding to all of this is the overall reputation of the school, which for obvious reasons isn't very good. My suggestions for improvement, instead of being taken in the positive manner they were given, were instead taken as a personal attack, and retaliated against by suddenly going from several courses per term to none regardless of stellar student critiques and several bonuses. For all of the reasons above, I decided not to return there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think this office really needs to assess whether they are dedicated towards improvement. Just because enrollment went up in the last year doesn't mean those students are kept for the full program they signed up for. I saw a lot of students leave dissatisfied because after they enroll the focus becomes one of money instead of caring. The enrollment counselors are fantastic, and they get the students in, and many of the instructors are great people who enjoy what they are doing, but the management needs to improve in a big way. For the director, who runs the school, to seclude himself away from the students and leave that responsibility wholly to his dean is irresponsible. Instead of separating himself, he should be out there in the halls, talking to the students, sitting in on courses to assess his instructors, taking suggestions with an open mind, getting to know his instructors, and focus on improvement overall instead of worrying that a complaint or comment might require effort on his part. I hope they change their method of operations there.

    Doesn't Recommend
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