COPLAC Members Named “2016 Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle

Last week, two COPLAC campuses were recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as 2016 “Great Colleges to Work For.”This is the seventh year that Eastern Connecticut State University has made the list and the fourth year the University of South Carolina, Aiken has made the list.

The Chronicle surveys colleges and universities across the country and ranks them according to factors like confidence in senior leadership, diversity, and job satisfaction. The Chronicle surveys campuses in partnership with ModernThink, a research and consulting leader in workplace issues. This year, over 46,000 employees at 281 colleges were surveyed.

Eastern Connecticut State University was recognized for compensation and benefits, facilities, workspace and security, and tenure clarity and process. Because this is the second consecutive year Eastern has made the list, it is now on the 42 campus list of “Honor Roll” schools.

“We are very pleased to be a member of the ‘Great Colleges to Work for’ Honor Roll for the second year in a row,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “It is an honor to again be recognized as one of the nation’s top higher education workplaces. The shared values and spirit of teamwork that exists on our campus is a strength that helps us better serve our students and the state of Connecticut. Receiving this national recognition for the seventh time from the Chronicle of Higher Education is very gratifying, as is our high ranking on six of the program’s 12 criteria.”

The University of South Carolina, Aiken was recognized for collaborative governance.

“I am extremely pleased and highly honored for USC Aiken to be selected as a Great College to Work For,” said USC Aiken Chancellor, Dr. Sandra J. Jordan. “I’m particularly proud that we received recognition in the area of collaborative governance.  Whether we are working on new academic programs, the budget, or student initiatives, gathering input from all corners of the campus — faculty, staff, students, and alumni is of critical importance to making the best decisions possible.”

The program is in its ninth year and is sustained through financial and human capital contributions of both The Chronicle and ModernThink. Registration for the 2017 survey is now closed, but registration for 2018 will be open August 2016 through February 2017.

The full list of 2016 Great Colleges to Work For can be found here. Learn more about their methodology here.

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