Upper Iowa University
3.0 of 5 7 reviews
www.uiu.edu Fayette, IA 500 to 999 Employees

Upper Iowa University Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014

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Dr. William R. Duffy II


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    Teaching at UIU-Milwaukee

    Adjunct Professor (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsThe leadership is very solid. Center Director Marshall Whitlock, strikes a good balance between guiding a long-successful team and collaborating with staff; you know what is expected of you and have the freedom to contribute to shared success. The entire staff is justifiably enthused about this Center.

    The student demographic is mostly non-traditional: first in family in post-secondary, working students, of lower than median income levels. These qualities make for exciting, dynamic, engaged classroom experiences.

    IT is solid; the academic support systems actually work.

    The campus and classrooms are clean, well-lit, well-stocked with supplies.

    ConsFor adjunct professors, the pay is on the low side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA predictable and graduated pay increase is reasonable at this level of education.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a great place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWhen I started it was a family atmosphere....great people great students

    ConsExecutive Management team....17 veeps?? Lets get serious, its a small private university

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Circling the drain.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe students who care. Campus diversity (international)

    Cons$8.2 million operating loss last year. Debt downgrade to junk status with negative outlook. Militaristic, authoritarian leadership. Ruling through fear and firing or driving off anyone who might question the direction of the university. Board leadership that went from being asleep at the wheel as the university burned through millions in reserves through construction cost over-runs, non-existent budgeting, and ridiculous tuition discounting to micromanaging and ultimately shutting out all stakeholders from the ultimate decision in the presidential search process. Many new members of executive team appointed by presidential fiat. Zero attempt at shared governance. Removed due process rights of faculty members. Staff and faculty morale is awful. Student morale at Fayette is not much better due to a 10% bump in tuition and fees. Next year's budget balanced by assuming that 10% tuition and fee increase would combine with an almost 10% increase in Fayette enrollments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds a housecleaning in Board leadership and a commitment to shared governance principles as outlined by AGB and AAUP.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    University is in big trouble. Can it pull out?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Fayette, IA

    ProsThese are hard to come by these days. Working with students is the pro, although they are also reacting negatively to the current culture. Many are transferring due to an increase of almost 10% in tuition and fees and the cutting of programs and termination of good professors.

    ConsLittle faculty input for curriculum-power is now in the deans, provost, and BOT to cut or add programs. If they like you, they keep our program even if there are a few majors. If they don't like you and the program is big, they are still cutting the program and terminating faculty. Faculty given terminal contracts this year had excellent yearly and 3rd year reviews. When called into HR, the dean read from the newly imposed faculty handbook (created by interim dean and BOT friendly faculty chair over one summer without input from rest of faculty) the section stating that the admin doesn't have to tell them why they are getting a terminal contract. New faculty handbook states that we follow AAUP guidelines until it conflicts with the absolute power of the administration when it comes to treatment of faculty. Talk of transparency is big but is a joke. 4 required "furlough" days for faculty that aren't actually days off; no retirement match with no renewal in sight; current climate being hidden by some admin during new searchers. The faculty that can leave are leaving or looking to leave, even if they didn't get a terminal contract. Apathy rampant in larger numbers of faculty and staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you don't treat people well, even if they are seemingly passively accepting it all for fear of losing their jobs, at some point, the damage will be too difficult to reverse. As it stands, it will take many years and a lot of work to repair the damage done under the direction of the current BOT leadership and new president. I am not actually convinced that the university will be able to recover. Time will tell.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Upper Iowa University provides a rewarding opportunity to develop life-long learning.

    Instructor (Current Employee)
    Fayette, IA

    ProsUpper Iowa University cares about providing their students the best education possible.
    Upper Iowa University works hard to ensure that their students and faculty are treated with the utmost respect.
    Upper Iowa University personally invests in developing the best students through the best staff.

    ConsThere are no permanent long-term employment opportunities for online instructors.
    Should provide more meaningful professional development course for staff, such as courses on project management certifications, HR certifications, or cooking, which will give instructors a sense of accomplishment.
    Provide opportunities for online instructors to gain a sense of community with the full-time instructors on the internet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more online full-time employment opportunities of advancement to distance learning instructors.
    Can reward all instructors with information on discounts or scholarship information, should they encourage family members to attend Upper Iowa University.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for a while; institution is slipping now...

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Fayette, IA

    ProsAdequate infrastructure in the main location. Some employees have been there for decades and are very loyal.

    ConsHigh levels of suspicion and mistrust; little sense of employees that executive level has vision. Organizational climate is destroyed now; too many interim positions with no knowledge of UIU. Financial woes resulted in suspension of TIAA-CREF.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some full time, experienced academics in top spots.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, Provincial outlook

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, IA

    ProsWorking relationship with co-workers. Opportunity to be involved in the community. Premier relationship with working adults seeking college degrees. Great adjunct faculty.

    ConsInsufficient clerical support, some reports time-consuming and superfluous, very political "us and them" mentality between the home campus and remote centers, poor level of service from campus resources for remote centers, weak student information infrastructure. Mistakes by some not remediated but mistakes by others result in termination--unbalanced execution, lack of consistency. On-campus faculty hold too much power and influence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the support needed for the source ov most revenue and stop being so campus-centric in policies, services, and support. Get remote locations into the decision and policy making activities and lessen the over-bearing influence of the on-campus faculty.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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