2016's 'Great Colleges to Work For' and how they made the list

Chronicle of Higher Education releases annual designation

The Chronicle of Higher Education announced its annual list of Great Colleges to Work For this week—and noted that the top schools were all effective communicators, an important factor in today's climate.

Who participated

ModernThink administered the online survey from March 14 through April 15 and drew responses from about 46,000 people at 281 institutions. Of those, 109 were private four-year institutions, 80 were public four-year institutions, and 92 were two-year colleges. Every accredited college or university in the United States with at least 500 students was invited to participate at no cost.

Respondents included about 8,000 administrators, about 17,000 faculty members, about 1,200 adjunct faculty members, about 13,000 staff members, and about 7,000 nonexempt employees.

What the survey entailed

Questions were based on an assessment used in 55 "Best Places to Work" programs, which a panel of industry experts customized for college issues.

Approaches to assessing campus climate and employee satisfaction

The survey consisted of two parts:

1. A questionnaire where participants responded to 60 statements on a scale of "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree."

2. An analysis of workplace policies and demographic data, such as benefits.

How schools were judged

Applicant institutions were divided into four-year and two-year categories, which were further divided by population into small (less than 3,000 students), medium (3,000 to 9,999 students), and large (more than 10,000 students).

The 10 highest scoring four-year institutions in each size group and the four highest scoring two-year colleges in each size group were given recognition in each Great Colleges category, with the exception of "diversity." In diversity, four two-year and three four-year institutions were recognized.

Breakthrough advances in faculty diversity

"Honor Roll" was given to 10 four-year institutions in each size group that were most prevalent across the recognition categories. Four two-year institutions received the same distinction.

The categories were:

  • Collaborative governance;
  • Compensation and benefits;
  • Confidence in senior leadership;
  • Diversity;
  • Facilities, workspace, and security;
  • Job satisfaction;
  • Professional and career development programs;
  • Respect and appreciation;
  • Supervisor or department chair relationship;
  • Tenure process and transparency; and
  • Work-life balance.

Who made the cut

Among the colleges that earned distinctions were:

  • Gettysburg College;
  • Brenau University;
  • Elon University;
  • Lord Fairfax Community College;
  • Wingate University;
  • Wytheville Community College;
  • Delaware County Community College;
  • Eastern Connecticut State University;
  • Kent State University;
  • Oral Roberts University;
  • West Texas A&M University;
  • Jefferson State Community College; and
  • Blue Ridge Community College.

See the full list at the Chronicle.

(Chronicle of Higher Education [1], 7/18; Chronicle of Higher Education [2], 7/18).

 

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