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I will be transferring out of Iona College.Undecided
I will be transferring out of Iona College. I enrolled because of the proximity to New York City, White Plains, Stamford, CT -metro areas - thinking Iona would have the best Internship program and Career Development facilities - I was so wrong. Iona has a Career Department, but it is so understaffed and the staff are underpaid and can't and don't devote the time students need to assist them with their job and career planning.

The President started designing and developing a Strategic Plan, and I attended his town hall meetings, but that all fell apart. Most of the representatives, students, administrators on the committees left Iona, retired, graduated, or are not happy with Iona's current Higher Administrators. A very bad sign is the turnover at Iona so high. My personal feeling, is no-one or very few Administrators really care about the students at Iona.

The President's strategic plan lacks implementation, lacks focus, and, therefore, the entire college has no direction. There is very poor communication between departments, staff turn-over so frequently - no-one knows who is responsible for overseeing jobs. So many employees are just not happy working at Iona.

Higher level Management and structure is lacking and until this President oversees Iona like a business - the World won't be Moving by Iona. This President is so hands off - you never see him walking around campus, visiting offices, and seeing for himself what is and isn't been done effectively, under his watch, on his campus. He doesn't even know the name of long term staff and faculty members at Iona - there is such a lack of a community atmosphere at Iona. When employees' morale, motivation, and salaries are low, with very limited incentives, is low, student services suffer, and students are not treated as the number 1 priority.

If Iona wants to Move the World, the staff, and administrators need to also start Moving Iona, or else a degree from Iona will be totally worthless, as it is, Iona is ranked so low on the list(s) for Return on Investment (ROI). For the last two years, I read the Mission, walk around and see faculty, administrators always in meetings, but nothing changed, everything is status quo - no positive action has taken place. The Strategic Plan is just Goal I, Objective II -just words, not action, and at the end of the day -without action, nothing can change, and nothing has been moved or will be moved until effective business practices are put into place. A new dorm was put up, and real estate is being purchased, but how is that helping students get internships and jobs. I didn't enroll at Iona College to just see dorms being erected.I am leaving Iona College - I'm sad to leave my friends, but I'm happy to be enrolling at a College that will give me more value for my money, and that offers very needed job planning services, and a much better ROI

Male -- Class 2000
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Iona promotes that they offer a caring andQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Iona promotes that they offer a caring and small community, but so many staff members are not happy at Iona and are leaving. There are so many Adjunct Professors who don't stay around campus. The new President and his top leaders are clueless to the needs of current students. Computers are left broken, keyboards so disgustingly filthy you can't use them, and an Academic Support center, with a total lack of support. The President spent a large sum of money renovating his office and floor and buying real estate, but he allows Iona's Security Guards to stand out all day and evening in the heat and cold, that sure isn't caring to me. Managment and caring need to be top down, and no one at Iona's top care so I am leaving Iona after finals and won't be back. The President cares about his office and money, not the students who pay his big salary.
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Campus Aesthetics: B, Education Quality: F
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I am graduating from Iona in a fewQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
I am graduating from Iona in a few weeks. If I had the chance to do it over again, I never would have enrolled at Iona. I met great friends, but the new President and his staff don't care about the students. The President is removed from campus life and the needs of the students. Staff members are not happy, the morale is so low, and the turnover is so high. Instead of attending an open house or Iona tour, attend Iona's job fair. There are very few Fortune 500 companies. I had some good teachers who cared, but the President is behind his office door worrying about basketball. He is not getting graduates jobs, and not getting students jobs on-campus to learn job skills.

The current upper level management should have worked in corporate first, to learn people and management skills, team work, and relation-building abilities, because this President and his upper staff sure don't know how to run a college. Iona is falling apart. Look closely, ask questions, and ask for data, before you ever consider attending Iona. When there is a lack of caring and communication, there is a lack of commitment and dedication. The President and his close staff are getting paid big salaries, while letting Iona sink and crumble. The President and his staff should start living the mission. I wanted to transfer out of Iona, but I needed to attend a college close to home.

Don't throw your hard earned money away at Iona. Compare the President's salary and his top staff to Adjunct Professors, Counselors, etc. and you will see why Iona is not taking care of students, their customers.

4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: B, Education Quality: D-
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