Lee University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The results, released in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.
In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies.
“Employee satisfaction is a vital sign of overall institutional health, and as such, we are pleased to see these results from the leading publication in higher ed,” said Lee University Vice President of University Relations Jerome Hammond.
Lee University won honors in 10 categories:
· Collaborative Governance
· Confidence in Senior Leadership
· Facilities, Workspace & Security
· Job Satisfaction
· Professional/Career-Development Programs
· Respect and Appreciation
· Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship
· Teaching Environment
· Tenure Clarity and Process
· Work/Life Balance
“The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces," said Liz McMillen, editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education. "The ‘formula for success’ continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right. Great Colleges is more than a ‘marketing’ opportunity for colleges -- it is an authentic example of accomplishment.”
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.
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.
For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace