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Northern Arizona University

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Date: Mar 09 2002
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
When I 1st attended NAU in 1992, it was a friendly student oriented campus, I had to take a 3 year break from my studies, and when I returned in 1996 it was an entirely different place.

Classes were larger, professors were less interested in the students, and the employees in general did not seem as friendly. At first I thought maybe I not remembered things as they really were, but after taking a job on campus and talking with some of the employees and faculty it was obvious that some very serious problems were rumbling under the surface

The problems were the result of a campus plan that thought the best way to "sell" NAU to new students was to be a little bit of everything. The Administration developed a plan which state that NAU would be a premiere campus university and a premiere web-based university,

The administration added to the workload of the faculty and staff, and instead of allocating budget money to hire full-time permanent staff, they cut positions or filled them with students such as myself ot part-time staff and faculty that did not receive benefits.

The end result was a web-based program that seemed to be thrown together with no planning or formal structure and confused most students who took the courses; professors in the campus classroom felt overworked and worried that the new positions were only part time and not benefit eligible, and, employees were expected to "do more with less." and an administration that was more interested in appearances than substance.

As a result of the poor decisions made by the administration and the lack of appreciation for the wonderful faculty and staff that were at NAU the problems that might have remained undetected surfaced and made my final year an NAU seem more like a prison sentence than the happy and insightful time it should have been.

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