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SCC named a 2011 Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Somerset Community 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 in The Chronicles 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 Somerset Community College included among the medium institutions with enrollment between 3,000 and 9,999 students.

Somerset Community College won honors in following categories:

  • Professional/Career Development Programs
  • Teaching Environment
  • Facilities, Workspaces amp; Security
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Respect and Appreciation

SCC was also named to the Honor Roll. Colleges that were recognized in the most categories were selected to the Honor Roll. SCC was one of only 4 community colleges in the medium category named to the Honor Roll and the only community college in Kentucky.

This is a wonderful acknowledgment for SCC but our real goal is not the recognition. Our goal is to help our students succeed whether they are transferring to a four year college or entering the workforce. It is gratifying to know that my fellow employees enjoy coming to work every day and that they feel valued as an important member of the SCC team. said SCC President and CEO, Dr. Jo Marshall.

The Chronicle is the nations 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. said Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicles 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 the results of the survey, visit The Chronicles Web site at

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information call toll-free 877-629-9722 or visit the website