The Chronicle of Higher Education Releases 2016 Great Colleges Report


Every year, The Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade publication on news and feature articles for academic institutions in the United States of America, releases survey reports on colleges and universities.

And this year, The Chronicle has just released the 2016 Great Colleges to Work For survey results in their ninth annual Academic Workplace report.

The survey, done with ModernThink LLC, a human capital-consulting firm, gathered responses from 46,000 employees at 281 colleges across the country.

It was administered from March 14 to April 15, 2016.

Of the 281, only 93 institutions achieved national fame as part of the 2016 Great Colleges.

The survey includes two parts: an audit on the school’s demographic and workplace policies, and the feedback from the faculty and staff.

The report shows colleges recognized by their:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Professional/Career Development
  • Teaching Environment (Faculty)
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Facilities, Workplace, and Security
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Tenure Clarity and Process (Faculty)
  • Diversity

The mentioned colleges were proud and thankful for the recognition and vowed to uphold their values and winning traits.

Here are some of the recognized Great Colleges to Work For in 2016:

The College of New Jersey was recognized for the second time in the Great Colleges report under the Tenure Clarity and Process (Faculty) category.

Gregory Pogue, the university’s Vice President for Human Resources, expressed his pride in his school’s recognition.

TCNJ was the only college in the state to be recognized in the report.

North Carolina’s Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College were also part of the list.

Wingate was recognized in four categories, while BRCC gained recognition in five.

Francis Marion University was the only college from South Carolina that garnered a spot in the Honor Roll section, having achieved excellence in multiple categories.

This is the fourth time that FMU was recognized in the Honor Roll, and the university president, Dr. Fred Carter, said that the school’s pursuit of excellence wouldn’t be stopping anytime soon.

John Brown University from Arkansas kept up its achievement in being recognized in 9 out of the 12 categories, for which they were also recognized in 2015.

Endicott College also garnered 9 categories, which was an increase from their 6 categories last year.

Owensboro Community and Technical College had been working on improving their senior management, and this year, the school was recognized as having excellence in the Confidence in Senior Leadership category.

Austin Peay State University was part of the 2016 national list for the fifth time in a row.

The university is also the only four-year academic institution in Tennessee to be recognized.

PSU excelled in two categories:

  • Teaching Environment (Faculty)
  • Tenure Clarity and Process (Faculty)

Florida International University, one of the four Florida institutes to be part of the Honor Roll section, gathered recognition in 7 categories.

This is another big win for the school, since just this March, FIU was recognized by Forbes as 34th in their list of 2016 America’s Best Employers (and 2nd as best employer in the Florida state).

Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle, said that the survey report helps colleges attract top academic professionals and gives credit to the energy and effort of the institutions in making their schools a fitting workplace for their employees.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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