EKU Makes "Great Colleges to Work For" Honor Roll Again; Ranked In Top 10 Nationally

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Eastern Kentucky University is among 10 large four-year colleges and universities nationwide, and the only large institution in the Commonwealth, to make the Honor Roll in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s2011 Great Colleges to Work For® program, according to the results of the fourth annual survey announced in a special supplement of The Chronicle.

Among four-year colleges and universities with enrollment of at least 10,000, EKU earned recognition in 11 of 12 possible categories, the most of any large four-year institution. The categories are: Professional/Career Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Tenure Clarity and Process, Facilities/Workspace/Security, Work/Life Balance, Compensation/Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Respect/Appreciation, Collaborative Governance, Confidence in Senior Leadership and Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship.  (Last year, EKU was recognized in five categories.)

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.

The Chronicle singled out EKU’s commitment to career development, giving Eastern and two other institutions an “A-plus” rating in that category. A feature story in The Chronicle profiles EKU’s professional learning communities.

“When people feel good about where they work, they want to do a better job,” said EKU President Doug Whitlock. “Best of all, the satisfaction of our faculty and staff ultimately results in a great educational experience for our students.”

This marks the second consecutive year that EKU has earned Honor Roll distinction.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s fourth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities.

In all, only 111 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies – 85 four-year institutions and 26 two-year institutions.. The full report is viewable at chronicle.com/academicworkplace.

EKU is joined on the Large Four-Year Institution Honor Roll by Baylor University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Lindenwood University, Sam Houston State University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Mississippi, University of Notre Dame and University of Southern California.

The Chronicle is the nation’s most widely read 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.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner for ModernThink LLC, with whom the Chronicle worked to administer the survey and analyze results. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

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 the employee feedback.

ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm, has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Published on July 25, 2011