Somerset 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 this week in The Chronicles seventh annual report on The Academic
Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 employees at 278 colleges and
In all, only 92 of the 278 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 21 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
Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University.
Somerset Community College is also the only college in Kentucky to be named as a 2014
Honor Roll school. Only 42 of the 92 institutions were given this distinction by scoring
high in more than four categories. SCC won honors in nine categories this year:
- Compensation and Benefits
- Confidence in Senior Leadership
- Facilities, Workspaces amp; Security
- Job Satisfaction
- Professional/Career Development Programs
- Respect and Appreciation
- Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
- Teaching Environment
- Work/Life Balance
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.
From the survey report on The Chronicle for Higher Ed website: Why do some colleges
weather turbulent times better than others? This year's Great Colleges to Work For
survey, based on responses from more than 43,000 campus employees, finds that successful
academic workplaces create a culture of accountability. They also promote common values
through strong shared-governance policies, making employees feel that they are all
players on the same team.
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/article/Great-Colleges-To-Work-For/147387/#id=big-table.