Chronicle Places EKU on Honor Roll of "Great Colleges to Work for"

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Eastern Kentucky University is among 10 “large universities” nationwide, and the only large university in the Commonwealth, to make the Honor Roll in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2010 Great Colleges to Work For® program, according to the results of the third annual survey announced in a special supplement of The Chronicle.

The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For® program recognizes small groups of colleges and universities (based on enrollment size) for specific best practices in areas such as compensation and benefits, work environment and institutional policies.

Among four-year colleges and universities with enrollment of at least 10,000, EKU ranked in the top 10 nationally for Professional/Career Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership and Tenure Clarity and Process.

“That EKU has been listed again among the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ is really a tribute to our outstanding faculty and staff, dedicated colleagues who always strive for the highest standards of excellence individually and corporately,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said. “It’s these men and women who make the University a great place to work, and their positive, can-do spirit is reflected every day in our core mission: a second-to-none educational experience for our students.

“It was icing on the cake for us that we moved up in the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ listing by earning a place on the Chronicle’s Honor Roll.”

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s third annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 42,000 employees at 277 colleges and universities.

In all, only 97 of the 277 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions.

The report is viewable at chronicle.com/academicworkplace. EKU is joined on the Large Four-Year Institution Honor Roll by George Mason University, Georgia Tech, Hofstra University, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, Notre Dame, and the University of Southern California, among others.

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities. “With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” said Chronicle Editor Jeffrey J. Selingo.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Published on August 18, 2010