July 18, 2016- Endicott College is a great college to work for, according to a new survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education in its ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace.
Endicott won honors in nine out of 12 categories this year: Collaborative Governance; Compensation & Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; and Teaching Environment (Faculty Only). Endicott is also once again one of 42 institutions on the Honor Roll.
Last year Endicott was listed in six categories – the new recognitions are Job Satisfaction, Professional/ Career Development, and Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship.
“Endicott has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, but it’s always been important for us to keep the small-town feel as we expand,” said Endicott College President Richard E. Wylie. “You can really feel it when you step onto campus – each of our dedicated employees and phenomenal faculty are an integral part of an interconnected family. When people care about each other, when they know they are a part of every triumph, success transfers to something much bigger, and I think that really stands out in these survey results.”
Only 93 of the 281 colleges and universities that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition: 68 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Endicott included among the medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.
The nine categories of honors that Endicott garnered this year are:
Collaborative Governance: Faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs.
Professional/Career-Development Programs: Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
Teaching Environment: Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.
Compensation and Benefits: Pay is fair, and benefits meet the needs of employees.
Facilities, Workspaces, and Security: Facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment.
Job Satisfaction and Support: Provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy, and resources.
Confidence in Senior Leadership: Leaders have the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience for institutional success.
Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship: Supervisor makes expectations clear and solicits ideas.
Respect and Appreciation: Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions.
“Nine years in, The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program is well known as a mark of a college or university that puts thought and effort into serving the needs of its faculty and staff,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “The colleges and universities that make the list are highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and administrative talent.”
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.
The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace- recognition programs in the country. Now in its ninth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at http://chroniclegreatcolleges.com.