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Updated July 19, 2017
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Stratford University President & CEO Richard R. Shurtz
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Pros
  • often hire from within, helping hard-working adults get degrees, motivated staff and faculty, adequate salaries, good for recent college graduates (in 5 reviews)

  • Praises your hard work on regular basis (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Not stable, no full time possible, students' academic level is not very high (in 4 reviews)

  • really quiet and slow at times, it should be full time instead of part time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Stratford Evaluation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Officer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Admissions Officer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My colleagues at the Alexandria campus made the work atmosphere great. I really looked forward to going to work each and every day interacting with prospective students, current students, faculty, and staff members.

    Cons

    Although it was beyond the institution's control, the changes in accreditation made for some tough work challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on working at being transparent and adhering to "laughter in the workplace."


  2. "Adjunct Faculty"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stratford University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible, several campuses

    Cons

    Not stable, no full time possible, students' academic level is not very high

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Reality Check"

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    Former Employee - Academic in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Academic in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a small handful of dedicated staff however many have been fired for no legitimate reason.

    Cons

    The way this school operates is all about favoritism. If the owners are fond of you, no wrong can be done. There are so many problems with management. Zero support is given to you when you are not a favorite. Faculty that are favored by the owners bully other faculty because they are protected.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and faircacross the board.


  4. "Go somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are none. Though the school has a few dedicated faculty, that's it. Anyone worth teaching has left or been fired (though they don't call it that). They lie when they dismiss faculty. They have neither conscience or conviction. They are the DeVos poster child. How much can they pocket while short changing the feds and students? And, despite the wacky videos from the president, they have bi accreditation. So many students being deluded. Sad!

    Cons

    Dig down deep and search for a conscience other than that which permits the president and his wife to have parties served by culinary faculty (IRS? Are you listening?) And that doesn't even cover their travel. There needs to be a reckoning. It's students last, personal greed first.

    Advice to Management

    Close it or sell it before you are indicted.


  5. "Career Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the students. Great group of admissions, student services and financial aid colleagues. Some very talented and dedicated faculty.

    Cons

    School was trying to grow so fast it was losing sight of the importance of taking care of its employees that were driving recruitment, retention and placement.

    Advice to Management

    It's cheaper to keep good employees than constantly replacing them with ones that you believe will be cheaper and able to perform at the same high level.


  6. "Work study international student office"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stratford University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It helped me a lot in improving my communication skills, I had great experience working at my university I learnt about processes, people and culture.

    Cons

    I could not find any cons, because my team was very flexible and used to maintain positive work environment. My superiors were very warm people, I think they are one of the best things that has happened to me while am studying.

    Advice to Management

    I thank them for letting me be part of them and I wish them all the very best for their future endeavors.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "It's time to shut the doors."

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are only two pros: select dedicated faculty and the students served. Sadly good faculty are being purged in an effort to downsize and save money.

    Cons

    Where to begin?
    No accreditation. No realistic business plan. Poor management. Inferior product. High turnover. The institution continues to misrepresent themselves to students and its other constituencies. No transferable credits for students. No adherence to policies.
    Bottom line: This is a poorly run business not an educational institution.

    Advice to Management

    Have a conscience. Close it.

  8. "Lead Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Lead Faculty in Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Faculty in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stratford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment and excellent leadership

    Cons

    N/A, Leading to right direction

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Full-time"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Watching students who have not met with academic success meet their goals.

    Cons

    The business takes precedence over quality of education. Decisions are made quickly without adequate vetting, resulting in chaos for faculty and students.

    Advice to Management

    Include faculty in decision making processes. Listen to the people who know the students and who understand the educational process.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Faculty"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Professor in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stratford University full-time

    Pros

    It paid a living wage. I was required to work 65-70 hours a week but was not paid overtime

    Cons

    Bit of a rip-off from the students perspective. Very low graduation and retention rates; more interested in $$ than anything else

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more student centered and pay faculty for overtime


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