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Diagnostic Medical Sonography General Clinical Coordinator - Twin Cities

Argosy University Saint Paul, MN

of this position. Key Job Elements • Provides competency-based education which aligns with the EDMC model of curricula as well as supports the EDMC… CareerBuilder

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Adjunct Dental Hygiene Instructor - Argosy University, Twin Cities

Argosy University Eagan, MN

of this position. Key Job Elements • Provides competency-based education which aligns with the EDMC model of curricula… CareerBuilder

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Academic Counselor

Argosy University Chandler, AZ

This position manages student academic counseling from new student enrollment through student graduation. This position will provide support and work… CareerBuilder

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Nursing Department Chair - Argosy University

Argosy University Atlanta, GA

include: day-to-day operations, assisting students toward successful program completion and staffing the classroom with instructors who support the… CareerBuilder

30+ days ago

Adjunct Faculty - Accounting - Argosy University

Argosy University Sarasota, FL

Instructs and facilitates meaningful learning of the course competencies in the curriculum and proactively supports all facets of the learning… CareerBuilder

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Admissions Representative

Argosy University Chandler, AZ

The main goal of the position is to successfully enroll students into a desired online degree program, ensuring they are successfully transitioned… CareerBuilder

30+ days ago

Financial Aid Officer - Argosy University, Inland Empire

Argosy University Ontario, CA

of this position. Key Job Elements • Work cohesively with ADA's or Admissions Coordinators in order to facilitate outstanding service to… CareerBuilder

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Craig Swenson
3 Ratings

    Can't Summit a Mountain with Hands Tied (or: Hard to Soar with the Eagles Surrounded by Turkeys)

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    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 10 years)


    Passionate faculty; intelligent and teachable students; supportive of private practice; professional classrooms, excellent fringe benefits, dedicated chair-level and department-level leadership


    inadequate (absent) administrative support; revolving door of campus-level leadership; inexperienced student services; inconsistent admissions support; double-messages from management concerning tensions between meeting anticipated expectations of accreditation bodies and expectations about enrollment and student performance; inability to align corporate (EDMC) goals, university (Argosy) goals, and local campus goals... always felt like the "folks at the top" either did not understand or did not care.

     The company frequently describes itself as "among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America ... with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada." Moreover they add "Our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including design, media arts, health sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, fashion, business, education, legal and information technology." My sense over my tenure at Argosy was that EDMC was too big.... as a jack of all trades, they are masters of none.

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    1) Get out of the way... decision makers were isolated from the results of their decisions. Schools granting degrees leading to state-specific licensed-based career paths do not benefit from top-down "vision" and "mission" management... there are too many differences to have a "one size fits all" corporate culture.

    2) Read Collins' "Good to Great" If not the whole book at least read chapter 5 and find the company "hedgehog."

    3) Face the diseconomy of scale head on. While i am not an economist by any stretch, EDMC is facing a backlash on the back end of the benefits from an economy of scale gained as the company grew. As EDMC became larger it was more efficient and as long as students continued to enroll, it appeared poised to continue to grow. Nevertheless, as it grew it became increasingly costly to keep control of a its widespread corporate footprint and resulted in a bureaucracy as the top executives implemented more and more levels of management (administration). This required more students. As the executives introduced standards and controls in order to maintain enrollment this necessitated the hiring of more administrators to apply these standards and controls, and EDMC became too "top-heavy". Plummeting enrollment is not the cause of the current crisis. Students are a limited resource like trees are a limited resource. A lumber company can only harvest as many tress as regrowth makes sustainable. When EDMC had trouble finding more trees things became untenable.

    Typically, solutions to such top heavy companies is making it smaller. This can happen proactively, and involve breaking EDMC into one or more of its smaller educational units. if the management was willing, Argosy, South University, Brown Mackie, or the Art Institutes could be spun off as a separate entity. Another option could be for each local campus could be allowed to operate relatively autonomously from the company headquarters, with employee decisions (hiring, firing, promotions, wage scales, etc.) made by local administration, not dictated by EDMC. Facility, office space, design, and even purchasing decisions could also be made independently, with each location allowed to choose its own suppliers. Nevertheless, the desire for a unified market brand seemed to cloud this option. Moreover, even if they had made these difficult decisions, i doubt the changes would have resulted in a substantial reduction in EDMC leadership and headquarters staff.

    Unfortunately, with EDMC stock price plummeting to less than $1.00 today (it closed at $0.86), I think EDMC will downsize by default (pun intended) when a bankruptcy court will sell off the profitable components to pay creditors and shut down the rest.

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