The Art Institute of Austin

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The Art Institute of Austin is interested in numbers and mediocrity.

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Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Austin, TX

I worked at The Art Institute of Austin

Pros

* Plenty of opportunities to build up your teaching portfolio and get lots of classes on your resume.
* Relative autonomy (depending on your academic director)
* Lots of other great faculty to work with

Cons

* The executive committee (including the revolving door of "presidents" who often don't even have masters degrees)
* A general sense that the students are much more important than the faculty. This seems great in theory, but doesn't work when it means we have students that should not be enrolled and the faculty are just told to bend over and deal with them.
* If you want to stick around long, you will teach year-round. This is very difficult because AI is on a quarter schedule and other schools in the area use semesters. Good luck paying your bills.
* Constant schedule fluctuations. This means that one quarter you'll have a great schedule, and the next it will be completely upended, not allowing you to do any outside work.
* Did I mention poor upper management?
* Terrible facilities and equipment. Unbelievable for an institution that charges students $90,000 for a bachelor's degree.
* Budgets are always problematic at institutions of higher education, but it's absurd how bad it is at AI.
* Nothing can be changed in the overall curriculum without approval from the Houston campus. Approval = them modifying their curriculum as well. There is no campus autonomy in this respect.

For the money they pay, our students should have access to top-notch everything, and they don't even have the best in the Austin area. That's pretty stunning.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't take my word for it, ask the students and other faculty. There is a general lack of pride in this place because senior management (read: the Executive Committee) is interested in numbers above quality students. They're lucky we're in a recession, otherwise people would have somewhere else to go.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Treacherous

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Austin, TX

    I worked at The Art Institute of Austin

    Pros

    * Aesthetically appealing environment of student, community, and faculty work.
    * Great food in dining lab/restaurant open to public that is serviced by culinary students.
    * Sounds cool to say "I work for The Art Institute of Austin."

    Cons

    * It is all about selling and enrolling students into the next start date (every five weeks).
    * The focus is not really on student's success, but getting them in school.
    * Turnover is high in admissions and financial aid departments because of stress put on employee's to meet sales quota.
    * Micromanagement!
    * In admissions department you are not compensated for the sales person you are with commission or incentives for meeting goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Focus on quality and not quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    It's like a box of chocolates...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institute of Austin

    Pros

    With the right management, you'll feel empowered to do your job well. The salary is great also. Having opened a few years ago, this location was more like a family. It's grown exponentially since.

    Cons

    Each Institute is different from the next. EDMC, the company that owns Ai, likes to switch things up and not all cities are suited for all people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your students expect Austin when they get to Austin. Not Atlanta or Vegas. Listen to your student body. They're the reason you're there.

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