Study Finds McKendree 'Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs'

Student Affairs Badge(LEBANON, Ill., February 27, 2015) — For the second consecutive year, a national study focusing on workplace diversity, staffing and work environment in higher education has named McKendree University among the 17 “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.”

The Ohio State University’s Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) conducted the study in partnership with the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International. Researchers used a web-based survey to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities. Findings were published in the Feb. 26 edition of Diverse.

“This study yields insight into diversity in the study affairs workplace and offers a useful tool for employers, career services staff and job seekers across the country. We hope it continues to serve as a tool for the profession,” said CHEE principal investigator Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, of The Ohio State University.

“McKendree provides many resources to help develop an appreciation and understanding of inclusion,” said Dr. Joni Bastian, vice president of student affairs at McKendree, citing a recent workshop on “Creating a Culture Committed to Social Justice and Equity” as an example. “We support professional development for staff so they may facilitate deeper conversations about diversity with our students.”

Researchers found the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” in the U.S. are:

McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill.
California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, Calif.
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
Fresno State, Fresno, Calif.
Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Ind.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Shepherd University Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Ill.
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Va.
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
University of Maine at Machias, Machias, Me.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Md.
The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.
University of West Georgia, Carrolton, Ga.
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio