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| When I was looking to transfer colleges, MidAmerica looked very appealing to me because the staff and faculty are extremely friendly, and the graphic design program seemed like it had been recently vamped.|
However, this glamor soon faded as I became an actual student at the school. The graphic design department is still quite small, has no money, and is not challenging in the least.
The staff really varies from person to person in the visual arts department -- there are some professors from the community college that come and basically teach a few classes to get by. A couple of them actually challenge you, but for the most part they show up late, and don't teach a damn thing. There is really zero challenge. Any web-related class will fall victim to this.
The problem with the art department here is that not even the art department cares about itself. The head of department I would describe as a craftsman, but definitely not an artist. He will teach you to design a certain way, and if you design things that certain way, you'll get the A. You're not getting your moneys worth here as a design major, and I would highly suggest you leave the Nazarene bubble and go to a school with a real art department. There are seniors in my classes who still struggle with programs, using computers, or even the smallest design task. Sadly, no one cares about this department. Some students on campus are unaware that we even offer graphic design as a major. They are desperately behind with technology, and the printer is never calibrated, nor will it have ink.
Also, some of the gen. ed requirements are ridiculous. I took AP Calculus in high school, but I was still required to take Applied Mathematics. Before I transferred, they were also going to make me take Algebra. If your major is nursing, sociology, or ministry, I would highly recommend MNU. Everyone I have talked to from these departments would agree, and those departments get lots of attention. I've thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of chapel speakers, and also Randy Beckum (currently the class chaplain).
|Jun 01 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| I can only speak to the Adult program that Mid-America Nazarene offers (also known as Innovative Adult Education). The program was very disappointing, with the exception of a statistics course. However, even the statistics professor acknowledged that the program did not allow sufficient time to truly learn the principles of the course. Essentially, each evening was like a social gathering and a self-quiz in a Cosmopolitan magazine. If you are truly wanting a quality education and you are an adult needing to finish as quickly as possible, I would urge you to look at other schools that offer quality programs, such as Kansas State University's degree completion programs. The University has some very good instructors, as well as some very questionable faculty. The students, for the most part, are friendly and easy to get along with. |
|Nov 14 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| MNU sucks. The faculty is incompetent, you pay so much money and don't have very nice facilities. Dorms are worn down, no common area for students, library is always crowded. Students and staff are close minded and live in their Christian bubble. Required to attend chapel, but they never bring in any interesting speakers so it's the most boring hour of your week. They fine you for everything. I wouldn't re-attend this school if you PAID me to come back. |
|Feb 15 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |