Central Texas College (CTC) was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of great colleges to work for. Recognized schools were recently listed in The Chronicle’s 2012 report on The Academic Workplace. The results were based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at nearly 300 colleges and universities across the country.
CTC was also named to The Chronicle’s honor roll which includes schools cited most often across all recognition categories. The honor roll acknowledges the best of the best colleges based on size: small schools have 2,999 or fewer students, medium schools have 3,000 to 9,999 and large schools have 10,000 or more.) Ten four-year colleges and four two-year colleges make the cut in each size.
Only 103 of the 294 surveyed institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. 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. The online questionnaires were administered in March and April this year.
Survey respondents were asked to respond to 60 statements using a five-point scale, ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” in categories such as the workplace, leadership, careers and compensation. They were also asked to rate their satisfaction with 18 benefits, respond to two open-ended questions and answer 15 demographic questions. CTC received its highest marks in the categories of compensation/benefits, job satisfaction, work/life balance, supervisor/department chair relationship, teaching environment and confidence in senior leadership.
“These results are truly indicative of the quality employees we have here at CTC,” noted Dr. Thomas Klincar, CTC chancellor. “It is their belief in CTC which creates the type of environment which not only benefits their co-workers but also benefits our students. When students sense the pride our employees have for CTC, it sets the desired atmosphere that CTC is a great place to learn and reassures them they made the right choice in coming to CTC to achieve their higher educational goals.”
The survey/assessment was administered by ModernThink LLC, a human-resources-consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del. Its survey instrument is based on an assessment that has been used in 55 Best Places to Work programs involving more than 4,000 organizations. A panel of higher-education experts helped customize the survey to reflect issues unique to colleges.
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, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.