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Great Colleges Reap the Benefits of Great Workplace Culture

By Josh Fischman

Great academic workplaces are filled with people who believe that their jobs are important to the college, that the institution is important to the community, and that the college gives them the freedom to do that job well. Those are some of the findings of The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey for 2011, which identifies 111 colleges—small, medium, and large, all across the country—that are exceptional places to work.

Even as the economy remained tough and colleges coped with tight budgets, those that stood out seemed able to create a culture of success that touches faculty, professional staff, and administrators. The survey got responses from about 44,000 employees, 69 percent of whom at the 111 colleges agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “This institution’s culture is special—something you don’t just find anywhere.” That proportion jumped to 83 percent among respondents at colleges on the survey’s Honor Roll, which recognizes those that scored highest across the 12 recognition categories.

This year’s survey is The Chronicle’s biggest yet. The 310 colleges that participated—a mix of four-year and two-year institutions—reflects a jump from 275 last year; it is a large increase from the 89 colleges that were in our first survey, in 2008.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-Reap/128308/

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