McKendree University Makes the 'Great College to Work For' Honor Roll

Among the ‘Best of the Best’ Says The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lebanon, Ill. - McKendree University is not only one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according the latest survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education—it made the “Great College to Work For®” Honor Roll in seven categories. McKendree is one of 42 colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll and the only Midwest institution on the list in the medium-size enrollment category.

“These colleges are the best of the best,” The Chronicle announced on July 21 on “Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories.”

The results are based on a survey of nearly 43,516 employees at 278 colleges and universities. In all, 92 institutions—71 four-year and 21 two-year institutions—achieved “Great College to Work For®” recognition for specific best practices and policies.

McKendree earned Honor Roll status by rating highly in seven of 12 categories compared to other institutions of similar size. Faculty and staff members gave the university high marks for teaching environment, confidence in senior leadership, professional and career development programs, supervisor or department chair relationships, collaborative governance, respect and appreciation, and tenure clarity and process.

In seven years, the Great Colleges program has become one of the largest workplace-recognition programs in the country, second to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Results are reported based on enrollment size for small, medium, and large institutions. 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 full-time faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor in determining Great Colleges to Work For recognition.

“The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces,” said Liz McMillen, editor. “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.”

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.

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