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Dr. Wallace E. Boston
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  • "Very low pay by industry standards(in 13 reviews)

  • "There has been no pay raise in the 10 years I've been there(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct Math Professor"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charles Town, WV

      I have been working at American Public University System part-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Get to keep up with the most up to date teaching strategies

      Cons

      There are no cons that I can think of.

    • "Enjoyed my time here"

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      Current Employee - Student Support in Charles Town, WV
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at American Public University System full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      - This company predominately promotes from within which has granted a large number of people to be promoted faster than most would have the opportunity at other colleges. - Ability to work remotely when needed in most areas - Benefits package is great compared to other companies I have worked for - Challenging work that helps people get their education - Co-workers are amazing here and a big reason why I have stayed...

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      Cons

      - Technology is currently being updated in several key areas that should have been addressed earlier.

      Advice to Management

      Company had grown significantly and with that has brought change. Focus of your change leadership plan and find a balance between maintaining a company that promotes from within and bringing in fresh leadership.

    • "A Caring and Dynamic Company"

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      Current Employee - Administrative in Charles Town, WV
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at American Public University System full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      APUS is a company that sits in the heart of a small community with a keen appreciation for the rich culture and history of its hometown. APUS is a conscientious organization that values its employees and students. Despite how large this company has grown over the years, its high touch approach to dealing with employee relations and customer service has never faltered. This is a forward thinking company with a vision to...

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      Cons

      Sometimes the company struggles with its identity because it has had to reshape itself through the tremendous growth spurts it's enjoyed. It is important to continue to be patient while management works through unraveling that knot.

      Advice to Management

      You're doing great...but keep the lines of communication open with your employees. It's important that they feel like they are aware of the strategy and how they fit into the fabric of the organization. You should also remind them how much value they add to the company!

    • Helpful (1)

      "Room for Improvement"

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      Current Employee - Adjunct Professor 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at American Public University System part-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Faculty supervisors are responsive. Don't micromanage like several other schools that I teach at. APUS is one of the few schools that provides 401k matching for adjuncts. No other benefits to speak of.

      Cons

      Poor pay structure. Pay is based on number of students in the course. If you have a large number of students, you are well compensated for your time. However, if you have only 5 students in your course, your expected to meet all requirements and in the end, are paid less than minimum wage. No pay raise in 8 years, even with above-average student survey ratings. Learning management system is outdated.

      Advice to Management

      LMS is obsolete and cumbersome. Transition to Canvas or Brightspace system, which provides much more interactive tools that will increase staff effectiveness and student learning.

    • "Good benefits, lower pay"

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      Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Charles Town, WV
      Recommends

      I have been working at American Public University System full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      401k, medical, dental, vision, good experience for resume

      Cons

      lack of organization lower pay compared to similar jobs and for the cost of living

    • Helpful (11)

      "Seriously...DON'T!!!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at American Public University System full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Offices are against the commute

      Cons

      Company is failing. Layoffs for longer term employees are happening in droves. No creative ideas, completely risk adverse, constantly flirting with violating the Title IV 90-10 rule which requires at least 10% of their tuition come from non-federal sources. Constantly retaining consultants who are friends of C-suite or Board Members. Once an honorable online college choice for military and public service but shift...

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      Advice to Management

      Get with the innovations that are occurring in the online education world. You are being left behind and are getting beat by the competition in nearly every aspect of this business due to your risk adverse approach to development and your sales-focused versus strategic partner approach.

    • Helpful (8)

      "Expect To Work 15 Hour Days, 6 Days a Week"

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      Current Employee - Faculty in Tampa, FL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at American Public University System full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Working remote means no commute

      Cons

      You are chained to your computer like an electronic sweatshop

      Advice to Management

      Stop having faculty teach 6 classes month after month! Don't make your core faculty do three jobs for the pay of one. Ask yourself on what planet does a college professor effectively teach 450 (or more) students a year?

    • "Pretty Nice Place To Work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charles Town, WV
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at American Public University System full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Flexibility, Free Education, Telecommuting, Co-workers

      Cons

      Raises, The Future of the Company

    • "Great company; flexible schedules"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at American Public University System full-time

      Pros

      I enjoy the flexibility that this company offers. I know not all departments allow it, but some do. The benefits are good but for a family they are expensive. You can accrue ample time off and I like that you get sick in addition to vacation. Most places have moved to a PTO system across the board.

      Cons

      Some management can be archaic in their thinking. Need to step outside of the box now and then. Need younger board members to help drive the company to the next level and keep up with demands.

    • Helpful (7)

      "Faculty"

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      Current Employee - Faculty 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at American Public University System part-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Ability to work remotely.

      Cons

      Log in requirements for classes. Can not be away from the classroom more than a day. So if you have classes back to back, you can go months without two days off. Pay has not changed in over a deaded and the leadership does not address it.

      Advice to Management

      Pay your facility and give at least the cost of living increases from time to time. Over a decade with not raise shows you do not care for the people that make you your money. Question for management, have you gone a decade with no raise?

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