• September 17, 2014
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Seventh Annual Survey

Great Colleges To Work For 2014

Meet 2014's Outstanding Colleges

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In our seventh annual survey, 92 colleges were recognized. Learn more about the 12 recognition categories in which each was evaluated. Colleges marked with a are on the Honor Roll.

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Recognition categories in which
this college performed well:

 
Collaborative Governance
 
Compensation and Benefits
 
Confidence in Senior Leadership
 
Diversity
 
Facilities, Workspace & Security
 
Job Satisfaction
 
Professional/Career-Development Programs
 
Respect and Appreciation
 
Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship
 
Teaching Environment
 
Tenure Clarity and Process
 
Work/Life Balance
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Honor Roll

These colleges are the best of the best. Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories, and grouped by enrollment size. (Small institutions have 2,999 or fewer students, medium ones have 3,000 to 9,999, and large ones have 10,000 or more.) Ten four-year colleges, and four two-year colleges, make the cut in each size.

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4-year Colleges
Collaborative Governance
Compensation and Benefits
Confidence in Senior Leadership
Diversity
Facilities, Workspace & Security
Job Satisfaction
Professional/Career-
  Development Programs
Respect and Appreciation
Supervisor or Department-
  Chair Relationship
Teaching Environment*
Tenure Clarity and Process*
Work/Life Balance
 
 
 
Large 2-Year Colleges
 
 
 
 
2-Year Colleges are not evaluated in the Tenure Clarity and Process category.

* Faculty Only

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Great Colleges achieve excellence in at least one of 12 categories, such as Work / Life Balance. They are rated by their faculty and staff, who agree or disagree with survey statements related to each category. (See our methodology for details.) Colleges are grouped as four-year or two-year institutions, and by enrollment size. Pull down the menu to see top performers and statistics.

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Collaborative Governance

Faculty members play significant roles in decisions related to academic programs. Employees agree with statements like "Faculty, administration, and staff are meaningfully involved in institutional planning."

 

Compensation and Benefits

Pay is fair, and there is overall satisfaction with benefits. Employees agree with statements like "This institution's benefits meet my needs."

 

Confidence in Senior Leadership

Leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the college. Employees agree with statements like "Senior leadership provides a clear direction for this institution's future."

 

Diversity

The college makes a concerted effort to create a welcoming and fair environment for all employees. Employees agree with statements like "This institution has clear and effective procedures for dealing with discrimination."

 

Facilities, Workspace & Security

Facilities meet employees' needs, and the campus appearance is pleasing. Employees agree with statements like "The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a safe and secure environment for the campus."

 

Job Satisfaction

There is an overall sense that the job is meaningful to the employee and to the college. Employees agree with statements like "My job makes good use of my skills and abilities."

 

Professional/Career-Development Programs

Employees get the chance to develop skills and they understand their requirements for career advancement. They agree with statements like "Our orientation program prepares new faculty, administration, and staff to be effective."

 

Respect and Appreciation

Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions. Employees agree with statements like "Our recognition and awards programs are meaningful to me."

 

Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship

Supervisors or chairs makes expectations clear and solicit ideas. Employees agree with statements like "I believe what I am told by my supervisor/department chair."

 

Teaching Environment

Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching. They agree with statements like "Teaching is appropriately recognized in the evaluation and promotion process." (Faculty only.)

 

Tenure Clarity and Process

Requirements for tenure are clear. Employees agree with statements like "Promotions in my department are based on a person's ability." (Faculty at four-year institutions only.)

 

Work/Life Balance

College policies give employees the flexibility to manage their lives on the job and at home. Employees agree with statements like "My supervisor/department chair supports my efforts to balance my work and personal life."

 

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Collaborative Governance
Compensation and Benefits
Confidence in Senior Leadership
Diversity
Facilities, Workspace & Security
Job Satisfaction
Professional/ Career-Development Programs
Respect and Appreciation
Supervisor or Department- Chair Relationship
Teaching Environment
Tenure Clarity and Process
Work/Life Balance

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HONOR ROLL

Recognized in these Great Colleges categories

 
Collaborative Governance
Compensation and Benefits
Confidence in Senior Leadership
Diversity
Facilities, Workspace & Security
Job Satisfaction
Professional/Career-
  Development Programs
Respect and Appreciation
Supervisor or Department
  Chair Relationship
Teaching Environment*
Tenure Clarity and Process*
Work/Life Balance
 
 
 
2-Year Colleges are not evaluated in the Tenure Clarity and Process category.

* Faculty Only

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The annual Great Colleges to Work For survey was administered and compiled by ModernThink LLC for The Chronicle. All survey-related content in this issue, including college presidents’ statements about what makes their institution a great place to work, was provided by ModernThink, which drew institutional data from the colleges and the U.S. Department of Education.

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