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  1. Misguided Management

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Faculty in Saint Cloud, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at St. Cloud Technical College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The faculty and staff at this school are highly motivated to help students. There is an outstanding degree of mentoring of new faculty by senior faculty members. There are some members of administration that genuinely care and want to make a difference and see the school and faculty members succeed.

    Cons

    There is one Dean that uses fear and intimidation and coerces faculty to work without compensation over the summer months. It is inappropriate for any employer, much less a government entity to expect its employees to work without compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Since one particular Dean has been hired there has been rampant turnover in that division. The over whelming majority of the faculty and staff I encountered truly care about the students at SCTCC. If you stop allowing certain managers to rule by fear and intimidation you will find that the turn over would be reduced. When I first started working at this school I was SO enthusiastic. I would get out of bed without setting the snooze alarm! Then one day my Dean attempted to use fear and intimidation to get me to work for no compensation over the summer. There are both state and federal laws that strictly prohibit this practice. It is unfortunate this practice is allowed to take place at this school.


  2. Controlling toxic administration.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at St. Cloud Technical College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with excellent students and other employees..

    Cons

    Awful administration made up of insecure ignorant "leaders."

    Advice to Management

    Learn leadership instead of control.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Faculty and Staff with Questionable Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at St. Cloud Technical College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The teaching faculty are highly qualified and are very devoted to their students. The faculty often go out of their way to help ensure that students are successful by providing tutoring and mentoring outside of the classes. There is an excellent set of technology and library resources available to students and faculty. Also there is a great collegiality among the faculty and staff.

    Cons

    The upper levels of management have very poor planning and leadership skills. The campus had to make large layoffs in 2011 due to mismanagement of building projects and preventable water damage to facilities. As a government agency with roughly 80% of expenses as salaries -- when there are budget over-runs, building damage, or project mismanagement - the results are layoffs (not of those mismanaging, but of faculty and staff). Perhaps more concerning though is the open door policy of trying to recruit as many students as possible regardless of the potential for success. Each term hundreds of new students are accepted and enrolled in remedial classes being coaxed with "easy free money" of student loans. Unfortunately most drop out with major debt load before even completing a single course which might count toward a degree. A simple way to determine "student success" should be measured by how many students are admitted each term and how many students graduate each term; unfortunately there are few who make it all the way to graduation.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to run meetings effectively and time-box discussions. Meetings which consist of a group of people reading reports wastes precious time; print out the reports and then ask if anyone has questions for discussion. If not -- move on to the next agenda item. It is sad to see 14 items on the agenda and only 4 or 5 being addressed due to lack of time. Also - discussions of off-campus extra-curricular activities (rodeos, singing, travels) should be held in the cafeteria instead of executive level meetings. SERVING STUDENTS: The best single change the college could make would be to develop MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for all the remedial courses and then offer them for free. Rather than wasting thousands of dollars in tuition - students could spend $200 on a Chromebook and cover their entire remedial education expense (or borrow a computer from a friend with the cost then being zero). When students can score high enough in AccuPlacer to enroll directly in degree related courses, then they are ready to be admitted to college. This suggestion would allow a much greater percentage of the limited campus budget to be spent on degree completion activities. It also would greatly reduce the huge numbers of students who leave the college much worse off than when they started (huge debt and no degree).



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