Li R Kck
map-marker Palatine, Illinois

Agree with you its gone downhill

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Original review Jan 21, 2024
I went here when I was youngout of HS and then more recent as an adult. English is secondlanguage. I felt good here when I was teen but not as adult cuz I have more life under myself. It is not supported the way it used to be and it is cold and more like my job in a store than going to a school. I got what I came for that is it. It is what I could afford.
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Pros:
  • It is nice location free parking and i can afford
Cons:
  • Cold feeling unsupportibe to students

Preferred solution: For it to be better like it was maybe could send my kids here

User's recommendation: Maybe try somewhre else

5 comments
Guest

HC sux 4sure. Went last year.

Now Imat Triton.

Like it at Triton tho. MB U shld come here.

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I was at Harper 2 then went to Oakton. I like it at Oakton.

Hated Harper. It did suck thee.

Guest

I came to HC fall 2023 for athletics that is not a good reason I know czu it is not a place with good teams. Class is just ok kinda like HS. I do not like the counsrlo I saw she is not helpful def not smart.

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I did not like my counselor too like u. Blonde lady kind of ditzy, did not know what she was doin.

Not good. I like the teachers tho.

Guest

Recent grad of HC. I thought it was a ***

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| map-marker Palatine, Illinois

Transfer out of this place

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I went to Harper in the 90's and loved it. So much support and I was treated with respect and kindness.

My college aged child has disabilities and since we live in district I encouraged him to consider Harper for next year, so we did some digging and wow - what the heck happened to this place? It really went downhill. The disability services are awful - unprofessional, not at all up to date (or even comparable with our local high school). They have people called counselors who do not know how to counsel or seem to know or care about what they are doing.

It is cold and unwelcoming. We are paying more to send our kid out of district.

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User's recommendation: If you are a taxpayer in district, complain because Harper went downhill

13 comments
Guest

Right you are! ICCB is a good way to go.

I know Harper. I worked as a receptionist at Harper for a Dean a few years back - and let me tell you Harper was a terrible workplace, worst in my career -mainly cuz the secretaries were meanspirited gossips always yapping about their hate for the teachers - *** and weird place.

HR at Harper is a joke, they don’t care about or like employees - esp the awful benefits manager lady - and I could not wait to get away. I work for a Fortune 500 now and it is night and day, love love my job!

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I was a CE instructor years ago when RB was President and he took the place downhill then my partner works at the gym when KE was President and his incompetence killed the place off for good. We live out of district now and glad we are not paying taxes to this ***

Guest

We would like to complain. Who to?

We live in Arlington His and thought Harper would be a good local place for our kids. It's true that many teachers are very good but else the place is a *** show.

A lot of wasted tax dollars on admins, staff, fake DEI (my light skinned, gay, biracial son attended and let me tell you it is NOT a good place to be - assumptions that "white" = bad and of course not everyone who looks "white" is "white" but this is a place where assumptions and stereotypes abound.. We did a lot of checking in to why my son wanted to transfer after his first semester and once we visited a few times my wife and I supported his transfer to UIC completely once we saw how fake a place it is.

Guest
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Hi there! Complain to the ICCB - Illinois Community College Board.

They oversee community colleges in Illinois. You can find a link on the web (I used to work at Oakton :)

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LOTS of ignorance at Harper, practically a petri dish of ignoramuses when it comes to diversity. Guess what?

I was a Black student.

The DEI stuff they push here is crapola. I would not come back but have to add that the teachers were mostly good, though,.

Guest

Harper College. Honesty....It's a ship of fools.

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It is actually more like a cesspool. I was a student many years ago (early 2000's) and it was fantastic.

Could not have had a better experience.

More recently, I almost took a job there but turned it down. The place if filled with phonies and hypocrites.

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I worked here for a few months, left for a better job. So much nonsense, political immaturity, infighting, like 5th grade.

I just wanted to do my job and come home to ,my kids.

Very happy at current job. It is a ship of fools, well said, very true.

Guest

I still go here and am kind of aware of some of the stuff being posted. Clubs really suck, and yes a lot of ignorance, but I like my program and teachers are fine. I am going to graduate next year!

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I am also a student. I like a lot of things about Harper but it is nowhere near as good for students as the community college my brother goes to in NY.

The people are not as friendly here and it is not the kind of place you feel welcomed.

A very cold place except for the teachers. I am going to transfer out of here.

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TJ Fii
map-marker Palatine, Illinois

INCOMPETENT ADMINISTRATION

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The "Promise Program" is bogus. It's really for able-bodied white christian kids.

What a load of discriminatory crap. Ken Ender was by far the worst president this college has ever had - he is great for taking photo opps but that is the extent of his ability.

I am a taxpaying citizen in Schaumburg. I thought I would send my kids here but no way - I want my money back.

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Reason of review:
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14 comments
Guest

My kid is in this program. It is true that this College is for white Christian kids.

It is not a place friendly to diversity excepting for the teachers who save the place and make it worthwhile for my son. Someone needs to teach whoever runs this place that diversity can be invisible. It can be religious. It can be ethnic.

Etc. etc.

Don’t impose paternalism on my son. Even he knows better= and lol he is just a kid.

Guest
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Did not expect to see my old school reviewed here - went on to see about buying a new fridge lol but hey thank you for speaking up. For me, I went just a little while ago and found Harper to be diverse with students and man do they praise themselves for everything but they are also ignoramuses of diversity.

There is lots of backward thinking and so much ignorance. Everything is about “black and brown” versus “white”. Everything is christian. Silly way to think and outmoded and unhelpful for us students does not teach us anything.

I transferred out of there and went to a place where they get that diversity is about human beings and as a trans biracial person who looks “white” but is not thank goodness i am finally at a more welcoming place. Grow the *** up, Harper.

Guest

My son had a bad experience with Proimise program too. Mr.

Ender does not care about high school students and $ college. It was not nice.

Guest

I too have a bad taste in my mouth from Harper College. Sam a former employee.

They treat employees like *** The administration is Ttoxic. I was very glad to get away from Harper.

I pay taxes lik eyou and see how they waist tax dollars like from honest people like us. I am a pissed consumer and a pissed former employee (I left their by the way and was not fried)

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Glad you were not fried

Guest

Harper is not a good place for Muslim students.

Guest

I had a mixed experience of Harper. It was great about ten years ago when I was a student.

I enjoyed it. I got married and needed parttime work so later I began to work at Harper. Whoa it changed and once great became mediocre. I saw firsthand they hire the worst people as managers and admins.

Absolute worst, nastiest people and all are white coincident?. I saw discrimination everywhere and deans laughing at faculty and students behind theyre backs. Awful awful awful. I am a pissed consumer as I pay tax dollars to this place.

No oversite here.

Someone needs to investigate thi splace. I was so glad to leave.

Guest

I just graduated. Could not wait to get the Fxxxx out of this mess.

Except my teachers who were good. THis is a very poorly run place.

Zach T Uav

I went to Harper in the 1980’s. I loved it.

My son graduated a few years ago and yes it has gone downhill. The President has really dumbed down the College. It’s a shame that we’re in a downward trend in higher ed. Administrators seem to confuse colleges with corporations.

The whole “AOI” thing is beyond stupid.

My son’s advisor was useless (and, I am sure, way overpaid) and gave him misinformation about business majors. Harper needs to hire some competent presidents - Ender and Breuer did not know what they were doing.

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Could not agree more about how the AOI is a way to dumb students down. Hey, we're not that dumb! Give us a Fxxx chance!

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Dontwant y
map-marker Palatine, Illinois

Used to be great now less than mediocre

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Harper was a wonderful place when I went there in the 90's. My daughter went there for a semester last year and wow has this place changed and yes for the worse. It used to be warm and friendly. Now it is corporate and cold. Stupid marketing all over the place. Food costs more than my alma mater in California. What gives, Harper? Whoever is running this place forgot that community colleges are intended for the community - not some corporate waste of taxpayer dollars. My daughter is now at Elgin community college and so much happier. Also thank you for this website - it is nice to have a place to share experiences.
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  • Sterile and corporate
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Eduardo Zgm
map-marker Palatine, Illinois

Promise program is a hoax

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You can't get in to the Promise Program is you are undocumented. It doesn't matter if you are DACA with a 4.0. That is BS.

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4 comments
Guest

I used to go to Harper. I live and work in district now and have a 14 year old who will be in college in a few years from now.

I agree with what you wrote. I follow stuff at Harper because my kid might go there one day plus my neighbor works PT there. So I know there is a lot of lip service about diversity at Harper. It is BS.

The Old President Ender is your typical bloated burp rat. He used to talk a good game but was another politician type.

He was not credible. There is a new president lets hope she is better could not be worse.

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Burp rat oil!!!

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Burp away!! Sometimes you feel better afterwards.

Guest
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My daughter recently graduated Harper and sad to say the new president is also a bloated burp rat. She is happy at her transfer school, in Chicago, but no thanks to the useless advice from her advisor, and the incompetent counseling faculty man she saw.

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KN Rmw
map-marker Palatine, Illinois

Harper College fell apart

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This has become a joke of a college. Disability service, athletics, the registrar and many at Harper is a total mess.

No one cares but maybe the teachers. I want my $$$$ back!

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7 comments
Guest

It's become a really *** workplace, too. HR looks the other way and is not interested in employees.

Administration is out of touch.

No one here is happy. I left a few months ago and work at another college where it is much better.

Guest

I think the Registrar and One Stop area are bad too. They are not organized.

Guest

They should give the athletes their moneys back. This place sux.

Guest

Also had a very bad experience here with Financial Aid and the Bookstore. This is not a good school to go to if you are a Veteran. They don’t get how to work with us.

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the food service is awful here too. i had a complant and they pretty much oftnoed me. I am a veteran too.

Guest

Harper has fallen apart. The Board of Trustees are so out of touch with reality (and, with students), that they gave Ken Ender $45,000 as a bonus before his retirement.

Ender was incompetent leadership at its best. It is shocking that these things are happening in Higher Education.

I am appalled. I believe the quality of education is good, but will not send my children to Harper.

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Sad but true.

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JV Vlm
map-marker Palatine, Illinois

Duping people

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My mom and dad wanted me to go to harper on promise. Thank gd I got into another college and will go there instead. Promise is a good idea but the guy at harper who runs it is clueless. Harper not impressed at all.
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  • Close to home
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  • Poorly run
  • Sterile and corporate
Reason of review:
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