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| I have a degree from another school., but I am a non-degree student who came to SAU to pick up a couple of summer courses. The faculty here have been wonderful. The staff and administration, on the other hand have been a nightmare. I don't know how anyone could go to this school full time and deal with it. While there are exceptions, most of the staff are either completely rude, completely clueless, or both. Despite the fact that I've had great profs, I could not handle trying to get a degree here. The place is run by bitter robots. |
Business office: Awesome. By some fluke, they seem to know what they are doing.
Financial aid: The people up front have no idea what is going on and can get you into serious financial trouble. Find someone who looks over 30.
Admissions: Predominantly incompetent
Advising: Rude and slow and inconvenienced by pesky studentsRegistrars office: Downright hostile
|Jul 10 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2004 |
| I am a nursing major at SAU so most of my complaints regarding faculty are aimed at the nursing department. The other faculty in the biology, business, and general ed departments were great. I never had any complaints or problems regarding them. The only thing I could say is that the general ed classes (history/english/etc) are a little too easy. You dont really have to study or learn anything to pass. |
Now the nursing faculty. Laura Shirey, Caroline Hammond, Jill Atteberry, and Theresa Herron have to be the most rude, condescending, unhelpful, unconcerned, and hypocritical faculty members I have ever had the misfortune of taking. They are the medical/surgical faculty and you have no choice but to take them for a full year. They talk down to the students as if they are third graders (some of the class is old enough to be their parent's friends). They teach from one book but pull test questions from other sources - a lot of the topics are never taught/touched on in class or in our book. They do not want to hear anything even remotely suggesting that there is a mistake with their test questions. If you have a problem with a faculty member dont waste your time letting anyone know - you'll be told get over it and suck it up as I was. Don't get caught in the hallway going to use the restroom during a class which YOU pay for... you'll be caught by the hall monitor - Laura Shirey - and talked to like you're a stupid kid then sent back to class without getting to go. They teach one thing in class yet when a fellow student performed in clinicals as he was taught in class - he was written up for it for god knows what reason. There are plenty of better nursing programs in the area. SAU has the LOWEST NCLEX PASS RATE for a college of its size in the ENTIRE STATE and the third lowest in the state PERIOD!!! You WILL NOT be prepared for boards with this program. You will NOT learn adequate skills to prepare you for becoming a nurse. RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!
|Apr 10 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| Do NOT attend SAU's Nursing Program! The NCLEX pass rate is the third worst in the state of Arkansas! Some teachers are helpful and are concerned that you really learn the material, but those are few and far between. For the most part, teachers are VERY condescending, hateful, and unconcerned with student success. The only thing this nursing school cares about are the numbers..what is the NCLEX pass rate? They teach from one book, but take test questions from other material and do not check to make sure the material being tested on was covered in class or in the book. When you have a question or do not understand something, you are talked down to and made to feel ignorant. You can actually get yelled at for quietly slipping out of class to go to the bathroom and made to feel like you are in kindergarden again. Staff have no problem insulting you personally to your face. When you bring up a problem with a teacher to their boss, you are then insulted further. SAU would rather spend $30,000 on installing white columns in front of one of the buildings than purchase clinical supplies for lab usage. The 2 foley catheters they have for demonstration are older than I am and are falling apart...lets not even get started on the dummies. After each test, you are not allowed to see your test, much less get it back to review what you got wrong so you can go back and study it over again. They even have problems keeping teachers in the nursing program. Please, please, please research other nursing programs before taking a risk on SAU's nursing program. Tyler Jr. college, Panola college, SAU Tech, and LA tech all have much better curriculums that actually TEACH! |
|Apr 09 2008|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2001 |