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SCC named a 2012 Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education

2012 gptwf logoSomerset Community College is once again named 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 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 Somerset Community College included among the medium institutions with enrollment between 3,000 and 9,999 students.

Somerset Community College is one of only 24 community colleges across the nation named to the list of Great Colleges to Work For and the only community college in Kentucky. Two four-year colleges or universities in Kentucky made the list which are Centre College and Murray State University.

Somerset Community College is also named as a 2012 Honor Roll school. Only 42 of the 103 institutions were given this distinction by scoring high in more than four categories. SCC won honors in ten categories this year:

Collaborative Governance
Compensation and Benefits
Confidence in Senior Leadership
Professional/Career Development Programs
Teaching Environment
Facilities, Workspaces amp; Security
Job Satisfaction
Work/Life Balance
Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
Respect and Appreciation

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. 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, said Liz McMillen, 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 http://chronicle.com/section/academic-workplace/617/