Meet 2013's Outstanding Colleges
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Correction (7/23/2013, 12:56 p.m.): Because of a survey error, Morgan Community College, in Colorado, was mistakenly excluded from the list of small two-year institutions recognized in the category of compensation and benefits. Madison Area Technical College, in Wisconsin, also recognized in that category, was misidentified as a small two-year institution. It is a large one. The data have been updated to reflect those corrections.
Clarification, 7/29/2013, 1:15 p.m.: * Data for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U. reflect both its Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses.
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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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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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."
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."
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."
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."
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.)
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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- On the 2013 Honor Roll.
- 2013 is this college's first year on the Great Colleges list.
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Clarification, 7/29/2013, 1:15 p.m.: *Data for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U. reflect both its Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses.