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Kean University

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Apr 18 2006Education
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go somewhere else unless you have no money or play sports for KU
1st Year Male -- Class 2009
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Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Individual Value: F
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Apr 16 2006Business - Management and Administration
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This school has gone down hill since I came to Kean University back in 2004. The administration is useless and cannot get anything done. Now that the state has cut funding and with rising tuition costs, the school has announced that it will be cutting programs and faculty. I have not been happy from day one and I am desperatly trying to leave this school and move on. The school has to go through so much red tape to get anything done. The university prides it self on having the lowest costs in the state. The dorms are horrible, really, really bad. The school says that it will build new dorms and a parking deck, but I know that it will not happen anytime soon. Parking is horrible if you have class after 9:30 am, you will have to wait a minimum of at least 30-40 minutes for a space. Faculty have asked for a parking deck for 10 years and nothing has been done. I cannot stand this scool anymore and cannot wait to leave this school. If you want to come here come, but you are getting you self into some thing you will regret.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2008
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University Resource Use: A-, Social Life: C
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Apr 14 2006English
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I wouldn't have gone to Kean if my family's financial situation hadn't forced me to attend a nearby inexpensive school. Kean is probably the least reputable of New Jersey's state schools, and the administration that has been in place for the past few years ignore the school's dire academic situation, focusing attention instead on meaningless trifles such as campus aesthetics (temporary flowers and trees, plastic picket fences) and public relations (billboards on buses, badly made commercials, propaganda music videos). As Kean is also planning to annex Ocean County College, students can expect the death of any potential academic improvements, skyrocketing tuition, and the school's (non-existant) reputation falling further to the dregs.

While I have had rather good experiences with the full-time faculty members of my department, they are few and far between. In the English department alone, there are less than 20 full-time professors and around 100 adjunct 'faculty'. As the Kean administration focuses on physical rather than academic expansion, available resources stretch thinner and thinner. Full-time faculty becomes less available while uncaring, unattentive, and academically inept adjuncts teach upper-level and graduate courses. Students at Kean are paying nearly eight grand each year and are taught by high school teachers, lawyers, accountants, and part-time professors teaching at anywhere from five to ten schools rather than by actual scholars.

At Kean we are not students, we are customers purchasing $32,000 pieces of paper. Kean is not a university, it is a papermill.

I would encourage anyone who reads this not to go to Kean. You can have a good experience here--I have established good relationships with a large portion of faculty in the English department, have gotten involved in university politics and extracurriculars, have taken challenging classes taught by actual academics, and as a result have gotten into a good graduate school that I will attend in the fall. If you can wade through the administrative filth and the desolate situation of the school, you should be OK. I wouldn't want to go through this experience again.

4th Year Male -- Class 2006
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Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: F
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