COLUMBUS, Miss. -- For the fifth year in a row, Mississippi University for Women has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

It also was the fifth consecutive year for The W to be named to the prestigious Honor Roll with only 10 institutions in the small category (2,999 or fewer students) receiving this recognition. The results were announced online today and were based on a survey of over 45,000 employees interviewed on campuses nationwide.

Approximately 232 institutions participated in 2017, including 155 four-year institutions and 77 two-year institutions. Seventy-nine institutions were recognized as a 2017 Great College to Work for, including 57 four-year institutions and 22 two-year-institutions.

“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”

Employees rated The W highly enough in the following categories for the university to be designated as a 2017 Great College to Work For and Honor Roll: Collaborative Governance; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment (faculty only); Tenure Clarity & Process (faculty only/4-year only); Work/Life Balance.

MUW President Jim Borsig said, “We are excited to be recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a great college to work for by The Chronicle. Our faculty and staff continue to do good work, and I credit this honor to the campus climate they have helped to create. Our students also benefit from being a part of this great campus community.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, 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.

“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 K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “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.”

The Great Colleges to Work For program – sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink, LLC – provides senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and benefits.

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://www.chronicle.com/AW17

July 17, 2017
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