• November 22, 2014

Great Colleges to Work For: Honor Roll

Listed below are the institutions, in alphabetical order and categorized by size, that were cited in the most individual recognition categories

Honor Roll: 4-Year Institutions
Small (2,999 or fewer students)* What makes it so great?
Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Tenure Clarity & Process
Centre College (Ky.) Collaborative Governance; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process
Colby-Sawyer College (N.H.) Collaborative Governance, Compensation & Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Respect & Appreciation
Furman University (S.C.) Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Tenure Clarity & Process
Gettysburg College (Pa.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process; Diversity
Juniata College (Pa.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Respect & Appreciation
McKendree University (Ill.) Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Job Satisfaction, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation, Tenure Clarity & Process
New York Chiropractic College Professional/Career-Development Programs; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation
Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) Collaborative Governance, Teaching Environment, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation, Tenure Clarity & Process
University of the Ozarks (Ark.) Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Compensation & Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation
Medium (3,000 to 9,999 students)*What makes it so great?
Abilene Christian University (Tex.) Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship
College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation, Tenure Clarity & Process
Elon University (N.C.) Collaborative Governance; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Respect & Appreciation
Endicott College (Mass.) Collaborative Governance, Teaching Environment, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Respect & Appreciation, Tenure Clarity & Process
Niagara University (N.Y.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process
Oklahoma City University Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process; Diversity
Rice University (Tex.) Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation
Rollins College (Fla.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process
University of North Alabama Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Compensation & Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation
University of the Incarnate Word (Tex.) Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Job Satisfaction, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation, Tenure Clarity & Process
Large (10,000 or more students)*What makes it so great?
Eastern Kentucky University Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Tenure Clarity & Process
George Mason University (Va.) Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation
Georgia Institute of Technology Collaborative Governance; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship
Hofstra University (N.Y.) Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Compensation & Benefits, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation, Tenure Clarity & Process
Indian River State College (Fla.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process
National University (Calif.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation
University of Michigan Professional/Career-Development Programs; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Tenure Clarity & Process; Diversity
University of Mississippi Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process; Diversity
University of Notre Dame (Ind.) Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Tenure Clarity & Process
University of Southern California Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Compensation & Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Respect & Appreciation, Diversity
* Sizes based on full-time-equivalent-student data from U.S. Department of Education

 

Honor Roll: 2-Year Institutions
Small (2,999 or fewer students)* What makes it so great?
Blue Ridge Community College (Va.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation
Howard Community College (Md.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Diversity
Lake Area Technical Institute (S.D.) Collaborative Governance, Teaching Environment, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Respect & Appreciation
Medium (3,000 to 9,999 students)*What makes it so great?
Highline Community College (Wash.) Professional/Career-Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership
Southside Virginia Community College Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation
Walters State Community College (Tenn.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Respect & Appreciation; Diversity
Large (10,000 or more students)*What makes it so great?
Anne Arundel Community College (Md.) Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Work/Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Respect & Appreciation; Diversity
Lone Star College System (Tex.) Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/Life Balance; Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship; Diversity
Wake Technical Community College (N.C.) Collaborative Governance, Job Satisfaction, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation
* Sizes based on full-time-equivalent-student data from U.S. Department of Education

Comments

1. plottel - July 26, 2010 at 06:56 am

Some of these schools have a strong union presence a management that recognizes the benefits of such presence.
Jeanine Plottel

2. rhett - July 26, 2010 at 07:54 am

Could you spell out exactly what the unions do to help the university be a better place to work?

3. myemotan - July 26, 2010 at 08:05 am

Comment 1 needs to flesh out its apparently empty union-presence thesis since a counter logic means that "some of these schools have" a non-strong "union presence." (Dr. Okhamafe)

4. mdwest - July 26, 2010 at 09:09 am

Does this report include survey of staff positions such as food service workers, housekeeping, service employees and similar?

5. robmmoore - July 26, 2010 at 09:11 am

It's also striking that Birmingham-Southern, which has just laid off more than 50 people and instituted a 10% salary reduction is on the list--including "confidence in senior leadership" as a criterion. Maybe this survey was conducted before the extent of the problem was known, but it's suggestive--as is true with U.S. News "peer rankings"--that many people may not be delving deeply into the substance of the institution before rating it.

6. jselingo - July 26, 2010 at 09:22 am

To #4 and #5, you can find the survey methodology here:
http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-to-Work-For/123638

#5: We don't use "peer" assessment. The survey is based on employee responses. #4 those employees include administration, faculty, and exempt professional staff.

Thanks for your interest,
Jeff Selingo
Editor

7. performance_expert2 - July 26, 2010 at 09:44 am

Would be interesting to see a chart showing these universities and if each has an active union. In other woords, are the "happy places" for labor because of individual examples of ethos in the university. In other words, where does the "power" of this goodness lay? Are the workers/faculty self determinate in these good conditions, or are they the beneficiary of someone else's vision?
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8. performance_expert2 - July 26, 2010 at 09:49 am

One might ask "why" are these good places to work and what is determinant in universities that are bad places to work. This is a start, though.

The last university I worked at would make-believe the CHE didn't exist. The only person there who read this publication was the dept. head who was being removed and replaced with someone that, as far as I can tell from personal experience, is a thief. The thieving was achieved by self-publishing (without a publisher), self-printing, and then requiring hundreds of students pay more than $50. for a self-printed booklet. Pretty slick, eH? Of course, students will fall for anything and do as they're told. Someone was getting some serious bank from this scheme.

9. texas2step - July 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

I appreciate the hard work that The Chronicle put into this article. It is great for excellence to be recognized and the leadership at these 97 schools deserve a pat on the back.

10. 12100026 - July 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

As for the comment about Birmingham-Southern, at my college (we also made the list of 97), we were surveyed months ago about employment satisfaction. The news about B-S's financial disaster did not break until about 5 weeks ago. So it would have had no impact on the survey results (although if you read the comments on B-S news stories, there was a goodly number of people there who must feel like Cassandra. They warned of impending disaster and were ignored. It is a small step from hero to zero and B-S's situation is a perfect illustration.

11. szivesen - July 26, 2010 at 01:03 pm

I left one of the so-called "great colleges to work for" because although it could be great, that depended heavily on the department and division you belonged to. Unfortunately, my department was a snake pit with a long history of political maneuverings, egos, back-room dealings and just plain nastiness. When I talked to the University's Vice President about this, I was told "there are three problem departments here and yours is one of them, but not the worst." It became obvious that all levels of administration were aware of the issues and were unwilling to address them. I gave up nine years of commitment to that school, gave up tenure, gave up rank, and moved to another school (not on your list) that shows much greater commitment to resolving problems rather than naively hoping they will just go away. Be cautious with your surveys because even the best places have areas where they could be better -- will they acknowledge that and do something about it, or simply gloat and publicize themselves as being absolved from responsibility because of this survey?

12. geoz32 - July 26, 2010 at 03:05 pm

Glad to work where I do. It is on the list, but the list doesn't make it great. Hard work a great president, a commitment to students and to employees makes it welcome.

Given the commentary above - we don't happen to have a union.

13. dld310 - July 26, 2010 at 04:12 pm

Once again, no online universities.

14. cherokeehiker - July 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I work for a major NY University. The SEIU tried to get a foot hold and were defeated by the majority of the employees. This is a great place to work because we do not have a union - we consider everyone to be "family". Of course we still have a few dysfunctional people in our "family" but hey, who does'nt?

15. spork - July 28, 2010 at 06:49 am

The data set is highly suspect. You have 23,000 responses from administrators and staff, and 20,000 from faculty. What do only the faculty responses show?

16. cophee4me - July 28, 2010 at 04:20 pm

Having recently left one of the colleges recognized in this survey, I know to know to not stake my next career move on these results. My former employer requested to be included in the survey (so, it's not a random sample of colleges, or all colleges that are included). Many of us were terrified to take the survey and answer it honestly for fear that somehow the college would be able to trace our results back to the individual (despite assurances that this would not be possible there was a lot of talk at the staff water cooler about this issue). I consider taking a job at that campus the worst career move of my professional life. The president has been described as an autocrat (or despot, depending on if you had ever been the object of his wrath). They have a hard time recruiting staff due to their reputation regionally. Early on a faculty said to me that people either leave after a year due to the highly dysfunctional environment or stay on and put up with it (for the salary, too close to retirement, tuition reimbursement for their kids).

17. drgabekeri - July 30, 2010 at 01:06 am

Talents become stymied where one gets the feeling, or somehow becomes convinced that his/her life can only be envisioned through the truncated "prism" of academe. In an elaborated sense, our concession to the idea that "to live" extends beyond academe [as in, for instance, asking ourselves to shed a want for institutional and, or colleagial approval, insofar as one enjoins in his/her actions moral certitude]...but to ensure not to wait for the worst to occur...prior to availing ourselves of opportunities outside academe...may all well be wise and cautionary voices to be heeded. The injunctions here, therefore, are...to(1) obey your instincts, and, (2) be fearless of the unknown; for life is to be lived!

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