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Hofstra Rated ‘Great College to Work For’

Hofstra University has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for the ninth consecutive year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 10th annual report on The Academic Workplace, which was released today.

Hofstra is recognized for excellence in seven of 12 categories in the “2017 Great Colleges to Work For” survey: Compensation & Benefits; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment; Tenure Clarity & Process. In addition to being named a Great College to Work For, Hofstra was also named a 2017 Honor Roll institution because it was highly rated across multiple categories.

“Our faculty and staff are among our greatest resources, and we value their contributions to the University,” said President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We are committed to making Hofstra a great place to work, which has a direct impact on the overall success of our students. Being recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education year after year affirms our efforts to create an environment that nurtures our faculty and staff.”

Hofstra is one of only 79 schools recognized — 57 of which are four-year institutions — and is among only 42 schools that were named to the Honor Roll.

“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”

The survey results are based on a two -part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, 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.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

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Karla Schuster

Karla Schuster has been assistant vice president of university relations at Hofstra University since October 2009.

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