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Wofford named a ‘2012 Great College to Work For’

Honor by The Chronicle of Higher Education puts Wofford in elite company
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Dr. Charles Smith, left, assistant professor of biology, demonstrates behaviors of snakes to students.
2012-08-10

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released today (Friday, Aug. 10, 2012) in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.

In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Wofford included among the small institutions of 3,000 or fewer students.

Wofford won honors in three categories this year:

• Job satisfaction
• Teaching environment (faculty only)
• Tenure clarity and process (faculty only)

This is the second year Wofford has been recognized in the survey, receiving honors in the 2011 program.

“There are few satisfactions to match that of contributing to a team that wins and keeps on winning for all the right reasons,” says Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, president of Wofford. “That’s what the work environment has been like at Wofford all during my 19 years as a professor and administrator. Recognition is sweet, but the reality of what we are and how we do things is even sweeter.”

The Chronicle is one of the nation’s most important sources of news about colleges and universities. “The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor, says.

The 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 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.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all of the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.