Upper Iowa University Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. This is a wonderful organization to work for.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The students are fabulous and the staff is very positive and upbeat.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. It is a pleasure to be part of this organization.

  2. Low stress, great student job

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Rec Center in Fayette, IA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Rec Center in Fayette, IA

    I worked at Upper Iowa University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling, decent pay for college student, decent pay

    Cons

    hard to get time off once scheduled, tedious jobs.

  3. Excellent Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Alexandria, LA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Alexandria, LA

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Administration is very supportive of staff.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to report.

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  5. UIU is a place I call home.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Fort Leavenworth, KS
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Fort Leavenworth, KS

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the few universities offering accelerated programs that actually still value academic standards and don't just push students through because their checks clear. While I cannot speak directly to the main campus, at my satellite campus, faculty are treated as valued and respected members, whose contributions are necessary for the longevity of the university.

    Cons

    The main campus has bizarre criteria for assigning classes. For example, I have an engineering degree and 20 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics, as well as numerous published articles on the subject, and yet am not allowed to teach statistics, because I don't have a "math" degree. Likewise, they won't hire a colleague of mine to teach criminal justice, despite him being an accomplished defense attorney, but they will assign the class to someone with a degree in sociology.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate who you place in charge of teaching credentials and assignments. Also, it would be nice if they brought adjunct faculty salaries into the 21st Century, especially if you're going brag about how much money you've spent on the new athletic center.

  6. Director Fundraising

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    Current Employee - Development- Fundraising in Fayette, IA
    Current Employee - Development- Fundraising in Fayette, IA

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lite workload, nice southern charm to the town, friendly staff.

    Cons

    Basic needs for development and fundraising hard to come by. Archaic database and incompetent staff on the development side. Low pay for the location of the university and the amount of hours on the road.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the tools needed to make the development team successful.

  7. Loved working for UIU.

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Alexandria, LA
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Alexandria, LA

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work, friendly staff

    Cons

    There Really were no cons. Great Job.

  8. Close but no quite

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    Current Intern - Graduate Assistant in Fayette, IA
    Current Intern - Graduate Assistant in Fayette, IA

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a graduate assistant, they covered housing, food, and tuition which took off the financial strain. It was also great to work with a lot of passionate admins.

    Cons

    Interdepartmental communications were stressing and muddy.

    Advice to Management

    Pick your department administrators wisely, some are very gifted and others lack competence.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Was a great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Upper Iowa University (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Circling the drain.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The 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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    University is in big trouble. Can it pull out?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayette, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayette, IA

    I worked at Upper Iowa University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    These 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.

    Cons

    Little 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 Management

    When 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.

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