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Claflin University Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Orangeburg, SC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Orangeburg, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Claflin University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment to expand and network. I love the relationship I have built working at Claflin and I enjoy my experience as a research assistant.

    Cons

    It is only temporary and you have to get contracts in writing to make sure that is what you are offered. Communication and professionalism is difficult in different areas a person may work and sometimes this can make or break you working with people at the school.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "One of the HBCUs. It's a private institute with heavy teaching load, 27 hours/year, difficult to conduct research."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orangeburg, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Claflin University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small somewhat family like environment.

    Cons

    Very low respect for faculty who are not African American. Administration puts unqualified people in the position like Chair and Dean, which is a serious bottleneck for the university to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Administration needs to change their attitude that this is not their home and they need to avoid thinking that faculty who are not black as servants.

  3. "Not for the long term"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Claflin University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, stress free

    Cons

    Politics, negative influence, nit picking

    Advice to Management

    Retain good people


  4. "Visiting Associate Professor"

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    Former Employee - Visiting Associate Professor in Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Visiting Associate Professor in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Claflin University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can't think of any good reasons to work there.

    Cons

    Very negative punitive type environment. Heavy teaching load, no time for research even though it is expected. Faculty expected to jump when they say jump. Faculty who are not African American are not treated well at all but treated as second class citizens/slaves. Low pay. No job security. Faculty threatened that if they don't show up at every event for students regardless of interest or time event is scheduled, they won't get tenure and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Respect diversity as you claim. Faculty members who are not African Americans are also part of the diverse faculty and student body on campus and should be included and treated fairly and equally. Faculty who are not African Americans should not be treated as second class citizens and slaves. Equality and non-discrimination applies to all, not just African Americans.


  5. "Art Lab Monitor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Lab Monitor in Orangeburg, SC
    Current Employee - Art Lab Monitor in Orangeburg, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Claflin University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work For Claflin University because I am a student here. I have many expenses. The main reason I work Claflin University is to help pay off my loans.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides are the hours that I received as a student to work for Claflin. I wish to could work at least 20 Hours or more.

    Advice to Management

    I would advice anyone to work for Claflin University. Everyone treats you with respect and everyone have a sense of professionalism.


  6. "Major Gifts Officer"

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    Former Employee - Major Gifts Officer in Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Major Gifts Officer in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Claflin University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Mission and Vision. Student Focused.

    Cons

    Leadership is stuck in old processes and not open to exploring new opportunities for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Retire people who have been in the same position for more years than their usefulness.


  7. "Low Salaries and Low Standards for Academics and Conduct"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Claflin University (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were no "pros" other than just having a paycheck.

    Cons

    Expect to be underpaid by about $20,000 per year, regardless of education level or experience.

    Although there are a small number of legitimate honor students who have scholarships, about 90% of my students either lacked the intellectual ability suitable for college or were simply too lazy and undisciplined to take classes seriously and to complete the coursework.

    Yet, administrators pressure faculty to pass every student, even those who have been uncooperative and have not completed the work. The do not want faculty to give students Ds--not even "mercy Ds" for students who numerically should have received Fs.

    The university places the spotlight on the few academically strong students and on faculty grants and research to draw attention away from the fact that the school makes its money by serving as a degree mill that will accept almost any applicant and refuses to provide the programs that underprepared students need in order to catch up.

    They claim to pride themselves in taking students where they are upon admission, but the problem is that there is no incentive for students to improve and acquire the skills they need. I even had juniors and seniors whose reading, writing, and critical skills were below middle school level. Obviously, they were pushed right through Freshman English and given inflated grades in courses that should have been writing and reasoning intensive.

    Administrators expect faculty to tolerate inappropriate student behavior, including boisterous behavior, loud music, and disrespect anywhere on campus. The school did nothing about students making physical threats to faculty or even stalking a staff member.

    Faculty who demonstrated that they could not go along with "the program" have been denied tenure or contract renewal.

    Of course, nobody tells prospective faculty any of this during the application/hiring process.

    Lazy faculty who do not teach anything and are willing to give inflated grades would love it at Claflin.

    Serious teachers who actually want to make a difference are not welcome there for very long, especially if they teach in areas such as English and history (which the university makes clear that it cares nothing about by adding even more pressure to faculty and giving them area coordinators instead of real Department Chairs with the ability to be advocates for faculty).

    Advice to Management

    Legitimize this school and make sure students do not graduate with pieces of paper (degrees) and no skills or sense of professionalism to back them up.

    Enforce a strict code of conduct and hold students accountable.

  8. "Adjunct Professor of Education"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Claflin University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great professional atmosphere! Talented students.

    Cons

    Full-time employment not offered.Changes in Administration often in the education department.


  9. "Wake up and Listen to what's in front of you."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orangeburg, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orangeburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A pro used to be flexibility - as a professional it should not be about an 8 - 5 job, it's about coming to work and completing a task.

    Treat your professional staff like they are. If you want a seat filler then hire administrative assistants.

    Cons

    Poor Planning of Senior Administration staff. Work life balance is null. Senior Administration staff dictate more than lead. Management should be coaching and developing.

    • trust issues
    • open door policy - with a closed door feel
    • parking = null for $50 annual
    • Innovation & new ideas = not at all

    Advice to Management

    Management should value their employees and focus on professional development for senior leadership. Tenure does not mean that you are abreast on constant changes.

    Invest in your current employees. Employees that feel valued will continue to strive and work for the company.


  10. "Research assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Researcher in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Claflin University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working there was a great experience and learned many skills there.

    Cons

    There are no cons except maybe the pay but working there only part-time is fairly decent pay.


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