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Somerset Community College named a “2014 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Great College 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 this week in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 employees at 278 colleges and universities.

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 & 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 Chronicle’s Web site at http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-To-Work-For/147387/#id=big-table.