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Harrison College Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Most people working here (admissions, administrative) are pretty cool people (in 2 reviews)

  • Some staff/faculty were a pleasure to work with (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Also, many of the people there have been there a long time, so upward mobility is very lacking (in 4 reviews)

  • Its like being back in high school (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Student work study"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Recommends

    I worked at Harrison College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented, positive atmosphere

    Cons

    Day to day I wasn't sure what I'd be doing at work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep better track of administrative assistants working log.


  2. "Bad Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harrison College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work downtown, free parking, "free" tuition (plus books and fees which can amount to over $5k/yr)

    Cons

    For profit college bilking low socioeconomic class into taking HUGE loans they'll struggle to repay. Mediocre gainful employment numbers and job prospects after graduation. Heavy emphasis on employee brainwashing from Pacific Institute. Nepotism in the C-level and on the board. 3 layoffs in a year and a half. Inept President and CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers, too few workers, unfocused goals.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Registrar"

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    Former Employee - Registrar in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Registrar in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrison College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many. The faculty was nice and the building was usually pretty clean. Most of the students were good-hearted.

    Cons

    El Stinko! This place rips students off for big bucks, and underpays the faculty and staff. Ivy Tech is a much better option. They try to brainwash people with the zombies from The Pacific Institute. Overall, it is a waste.

    Advice to Management

    Management should drastically reduce their ranks. There are FAR too many administrators with very vague titles, who contribute absolutely nothing to the school.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good co-workers, leadership trouble"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harrison College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many of the people who work at the campus level are a joy to work with and sincerely care about what they do.

    Cons

    The leadership talks a good game of caring about the students, but when it comes to the actual work, it's very clear profit rules the day. Also, many of the people there have been there a long time, so upward mobility is very lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach; if you truly put the student first, you'd still be able to make a profit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrison College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal people to work with and decent structure

    Cons

    For-profits just aren't in a good place at the moment


  7. "Federal Work Study"

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    Current Employee - Federal Work Study in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Federal Work Study in Terre Haute, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harrison College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The organization is very accepting of different personalities and ideas.

    Cons

    While the different campuses have their own unique qualities, the final word comes from the main offices in Indianapolis, IN.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see more focus on student groups. The Terre Haute campus has offered the best overall education to its students that I have ever witnessed.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Anderson, IN
    Former Employee - Instructor in Anderson, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrison College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping students attain their educational goals is a very rewarding part of this position. The other instructors were also always helpful and supportive. They are an amazing group of people.

    Cons

    For the first several years, I felt supported by my supervisors in many aspects of my job. The last year, however, was a different story. Communication was minimal to nonexistent from my direct supervisors and administrators. My direct supervisor never once held a department meeting to inform instructors of changes or give instruction as to how the curriculum needed to be taught. She barely talked to me even though we were both on campus FT. Instructors were not given private, adequate, comfortable work space. We had to fend for ourselves by sharing classrooms and computers in the lounge to do our work.
       Minimal vacation or time off for full time instructors. We got the five weeks a year off between quarters but always had to spend a majority of that time preparing for the next quarter without compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Expectations for instructors too high, heavy workload even for adjuncts, not enough support for those in the classroom, make sure instructors know about all of the many changes in curriculum and how those changes affect how the courses need to be taught.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrison College (More than a year)

    Pros

    A paycheck, ok benefits
    Working downtown, learning first-hand that for-profit education is pretty much a scam

    Cons

    Disorganized, unethical, focused on money not on students. Not strategic, planning is only short term. No loyalty to any employee -- ask about their turn over rate and/or their last RIF.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Director of Financial Aid in Anderson, IN
    Former Employee - Director of Financial Aid in Anderson, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harrison College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing nice to say about working for this company. Working with the students was nice, but most of them are being victimized by going to school there.

    Cons

    Their core values are faith, family, and health, but they expect you to work so much that you can't spend time with family, which leads to stress that affects one's health. Every employee is expected to do the job that 5-6 people should be doing, and they tell their employees that it is normal to be overwhelmed at work. When you let them know that you are having a faith, family, or health crisis they don't care because they just want you to work yourself to death.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to following the core values.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Adjunct Faculty"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends

    I worked at Harrison College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent professional development and support from instructional coaches

    Cons

    No faculty creativity regarding the curriculum; Mandatory student retention calls/emails/documents; faculty emails are monitored on a regular basis

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging faculty and spoonfeeding students; it's adult education, not elementary school


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