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Wofford named a ‘2011 Great College to Work For’

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Honor by The Chronicle of Higher Education puts Wofford in elite company

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 (Monday, July 25, 2011) in The Chronicle’s fourth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities.

In all, only 111 of the 310 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 with 3,000 or fewer students.

Wofford won honors in four categories:

• Teaching environment
• Facilities, workspaces and security
• Job satisfaction
• Tenure clarity and process

Great Colleges150“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 18 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 the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities. “With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” says Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle’s editor.

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