For the fifth consecutive year, Somerset Community College has again been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, SCC was also one of only 12 community colleges across the nation named to the Great Colleges To Work For Honor Roll.
The results, released this week in The Chronicles eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of employees at 281 colleges and universities.
In all, only 86 of those institutions achieved Great College to Work For recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions.
Somerset Community College is one of only 24 community colleges across the nation named to the list of Great Colleges to Work For and one of two community colleges in Kentucky. Hazard Community and Technical College was also named to the list. Murray State University and Centre College were the only four-year institutions to make the list, with Centre College also being named to the honor roll.
Somerset Community College is also the only community college in Kentucky to be named
as a 2015 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 five categories this
Compensation and Benefits
Facilities, Workspaces amp; Security
Professional/Career Development Programs
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.
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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 chronicle/com/AW15.