Northland College

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Great colleagues and students!

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Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ashland, WI
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ashland, WI

I have been working at Northland College full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Dedicated staff and faculty. Beautiful setting and area.

Cons

Some growing pains recently, but College is on the rebound and doing much better. Bright future ahead. Small town (7,000) can sometimes feel stifling and/or unwelcoming, but most in community are supportive of the College.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Leadership has been poor/ lacking and micromanagement and lack of transparency continue to affect morale.

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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    Unique but struggling instution

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    Former Employee - Faculty
    Former Employee - Faculty

    I worked at Northland College full-time

    Pros

    Students come from outside of the usual mold, drawn by a campus culture to match. The setting is truly beautiful and unique. The college is important to this very isolated community.

    Cons

    The institution is quite fragile. Money is tighter than tight. All resources are stretched far too thin. The town is very isolated and small and leaves much to be desired. Tiny student population and remote location leave little room for an improvement in finances.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Looks good on the surface....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous, Want to Keep My Job for Now in Ashland, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous, Want to Keep My Job for Now in Ashland, WI

    I have been working at Northland College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful area by Lake Superior. Lots of recreational choices close by.

    Cons

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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