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Good school for the money

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Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, TX
Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, TX

I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington part-time (More than a year)

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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Tuition is cheap. There are some dedicated professors who challenge you to do your best.

Cons

Not that many networking opportunities

Advice to Management

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  1. A university trying to grow but suffers from small thinking

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas at Arlington full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a massive groundswell to improve this university. The Tier 1 initiative has prompted the university to recruit investment in itself and in the surrounding city. Much of the new growth near downtown Arlington is entirely due to the university and its influence. This school is a unknown gem. You can get a good education here.

    Cons

    This school still suffers from its commuter status. Effectively, much of the administration is either thinking like this is a teaching (non research) school, or *overreacting* to situations that impact the status of the school The commuter element to the population will never change, because the school is located in the suburbs between to cities, Dallas and Fort Worth. Because most of the undergraduates are local, what you see here is the best and brightest of D/FW who cannot get into top 10% schools or don't want to leave home yet. They are good students: 80% of them work, about the same commute. They are good because the local D/FW population is more than some states, like West Virginia! Now the graduates, in my experience, are not as good as the undergraduates. Completely lower caliber. There tend to be more foreign students in the graduate program than in ones at top tier schools. If you are counting on graduate students to speak English (e.g, carry on a conversation), no less write a paper or even their own theses/dissertations, you will be disappointed. I get the feeling UTA has a reputation as an easy graduate degree in certain countries, especially India. Beware working with graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your commuter status. It will never disappear. Arlington will never be a town that attracts young people, like Austin, or L.A., etc. Build school spirit, not just more buildings. Have you noticed there are no postcards in bookstore saying, Hello from UT Arlington! If there were, what picture would they put on it? The ERB? The UC? Continue to hire new professors that would otherwise go to top tier schools. Try to lure a lab head with a big program to your school from another one.


  2. Worked for Math Clinic under Barbara Shipman; Excellent job for full time student

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    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor

    I worked at University of Texas at Arlington part-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High level of autonomy, reasonable pay, excellent for maintaining math skills and enhancing your own understanding through helping others who come in. Dr. Shipman is very flexible on scheduling. Math Department pays for food when we work extra hours during finals so we don't have to leave. Relaxing environment (plenty of 'breaks', or if not, job is fun enough to not need them typically), surrounded by fellow "geeks", can work together to help a student on particularly challenging problems. Can get homework done when Clinic is not busy.

    Cons

    Electronics of all sorts are against the rules for employees to use during their shifts without exception due to previous abuses leading to students not receiving help. This ends up being a hindrance, as sometimes electronic resources are useful in addition to textbooks. This rule is often ignored and we still manage to help the students without complaints coming in.

    Advice to Management

    Basically, don't change a thing, but please reconsider the rule against electronics. A possible balance is seeing if the Math Department can afford to fund a computer in the Clinic to be used only for math research/helping students.


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