For the second consecutive year, Siena Heights 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 July 22 in The Chronicle’s sixth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities. In all, only 97 of those institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies.
“We are honored to again be recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “Siena Heights tries a build a sense of not only community – but family – for our employees. This honor reinforces our belief that Siena Heights is a great place to be, not only for our students, but our faculty, staff and administration as well. We will continue to live our mission of being more competent, purposeful and ethical.”
Siena Heights won honors in three categories this year:
- Respect and appreciation
- Supervisor or department chair relationship
- Work/life balance
“The Chronicle’s Great Colleges program provides readers with important information about the colleges and institutions we cover. The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.
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.
“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 Boyer, principal and managing partner of ModernThink. “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.”
Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, click here.