Chronicle Names EKU "Great College to Work For"

Eastern Kentucky University is a “Great College to Work For,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In its 2014 “Great Colleges to Work For” edition, The Chronicle honors EKU among 92 colleges and universities nationwide. Eastern and Murray State University are the only four-year large institutions (enrollment of at least 10,000) in Kentucky to make the list.

EKU was recognized specifically in the Work/Life Balance category, joined only by Duke University, Baylor University, University of Notre Dame, and six other institutions.

“Eastern Kentucky University is once again honored to be among those institutions recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the best colleges to work for in the country,” EKU President Michael Benson said. “EKU’s ranking alongside institutions such as Baylor, Duke and Notre Dame denotes the caliber of this distinction. My administration, along with the EKU Board of Regents, will continue to do all we can to further recruit and retain the nation’s finest faculty and staff. With today’s announcement, I believe we are well on our way.”

The Work-Life Balance category, according to The Chronicle, recognizes college policies that give employees the flexibility to manage their lives on the job and at home.

The results, released as part of the Chronicle’s seventh annual report on the academic workplace, are based on surveys of more than 43,000 employees at the colleges and universities nationwide. The survey was administered and compiled by ModernThink LLC for The Chronicle. All survey-related content was provided by ModernThink, which drew institutional data from the colleges and the U.S. Department of Education.

“While the 2008 recession is fading in the rearview mirror, its impact is not,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner at ModernThink. “But why are some colleges navigating these turbulent and transformative times so much more successfully than others?

“One place to look for some of the answers is in the experience, expertise, and best practices of the colleges that excel in the Great Colleges to Work For program. Among the things that stand out is their attention to some of the fundamentals.”

Somerset Community College, which sends many students to EKU, made the Honor Roll among medium-sized, two-year colleges.

Published on July 22, 2014

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