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New College of Florida Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemistry Teaching Assistant in Bradenton, FL
    Former Employee - Chemistry Teaching Assistant in Bradenton, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New College of Florida (More than a year)

    Pros

    Eclectic students who are eager to learn. Employer pays promptly.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, except maybe one supervisor I had was very hands-off.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate with student teaching assistants and supervising professors.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New College of Florida part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In a word, the students. They were a joy to work with and teach, and were eager to learn the material. Bright, curious, and creative!
    The faculty are kind and dedicated, although a few of the old guard need to get into the 21st century or retire. Young blood is needed in the ranks. Idyllic location, cozy feel on campus. The new president Donal O'Shea seems to be a good choice for leadership. I had complete freedom in my course in every respect.

    Cons

    Salaries are low, but the teaching load was undemanding. Low turnover and no growth in the student body means faculty stay forever, a bit too long. Facilities are low tech. Over reliance on adjuncts as opposed to hiring new faculty with innovative ideas that could breathe some life into the school.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let good talent slip away. Hire faculty who have skills the current generation need to learn.


  3. "Good job with downfalls"

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    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at New College of Florida full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative work environment, beautiful campus, nice co-workers. It is a very good job to gain experience if you are interested in gaining a MLS.

    Cons

    Poor management and disorganized. Very hard to get people - not many opportunities to move up with the college.

    Advice to Management

    More reliability and organization.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Run The Other Way!"

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    Current Employee - Faculty/Staff in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Faculty/Staff in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at New College of Florida full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty campus, gorgeous location - right on the Bay.
    Small college atmosphere allows faculty and staff to get to know students well.
    Many of the students are exceptional and great to work with.
    Some great people in this organization.

    Cons

    Entire university seems disorganized, unfocused, and plummeting downward.
    There is a serious clash between the "old guard" and anyone trying to bring in new ideas; therefore, the old guard seems to be constantly trying to restructure departments, find a new/old vision for the school, and, at times, it seems they are just trying to survive.
    Far too many students, faculty, and staff seem very bitter and negative...and in the case of faculty and staff, it is clear many have stayed there to long. This causes serious dissension in departments, at times an environment bordering on the hostile.
    The students have far too much power and will respond strongly if they are questioned or told, No.
    For being an alleged diverse and open minded school, anyone with conservative ideals may not necessarily feel very welcomed here.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long, hard look at individuals in key positions on campus. If their departments have experienced high turnover, seem lacking direction, etc...it may just not be the new employees issue, but those that remain.
    Evolve. It is time to put the New College "idea" of the past behind and come into the modern era. You need to start using grades, have faculty teach more than two courses a semester, do away with the contract/advisor program, and rest the power back from the students...or New College will be defunct or absorbed by another school within 5-10 years max.


  6. "Great job! Many opportunities and kind management."

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    Former Employee - Fitness Center Help Desk in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Fitness Center Help Desk in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New College of Florida part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff and students. Flexible hours. Good management.

    Cons

    Minimum wage pay. No benefits.


  7. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Students and colleagues are wonderful to work with. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the lower end.


  8. "employment at New College"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New College of Florida full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New College is the State of Florida's designated honors college. There are no grades, the students sign contracts and the student to faculty ratio is 11:1. The students write a thesis in their last year. You have the opportunity to be around some of the brightest students in the country, and some interesting faculty. It is a small liberal arts college, so it is a community in many ways.

    Cons

    The college has financial issues, being dependent on the whims of the Florida legislature for funding. You have to be creative to get things done as resources are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to find a way to increase compensation levels or they risk loosing some of its best staff. The faculty are well funded, although they would disagree. Increasing communication and breaking down silos is also necessary


  9. Helpful (1)

    "excellent opportunities to work with students and collaborate with faculty"

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    Current Employee - Arts Adjunct
    Current Employee - Arts Adjunct
    Recommends

    Pros

    THe students and faculty are top notch

    Cons

    Sometimes communication to adjuncts, or review is non existent. Their commitment to the arts and liberal arts majors in lacking.