Hofstra University is among the top ten best colleges to work for among institution of its size, according to the results of the seventh annual Chronicle of Higher Education 2014 Great Colleges to Work For program, which were released this week.
Hofstra was recognized for best practices in six categories, and was one of just 10 large four-year institutions (enrollment of 10,000 or more) to make the Great Colleges to Work For Honor Roll, which features the schools that were cited most often across all categories. “These colleges are the best of the best,” according to the Chronicle.
Hofstra ranked high in six categories: compensation and benefits, professional/career development programs, respect and appreciation, supervisor or department chair relationship, teaching environment and tenure clarity and process.
“Hofstra works hard to be a place that supports and develops faculty and staff because we understand that students learn better when they are surrounded by motivated, inspired people,” said President Stuart Rabinowitz. “This recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education affirms that our efforts to create a rewarding work environment that nurtures academic freedom, scholarship and great teaching is paying dividends for faculty, staff and our students.”
More than 278 institutions participated in the 2014 survey, with 91 of them recognized as a Great College to Work For. More than 43,500 staff and faculty members weighed in for this year’s survey about what makes certain institutions great places to work. Complete results can be viewed in a special supplement of The Chronicle.
The Chronicle’s 2014 Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes small groups of colleges based on enrollment size for best practices and policies. Over the past seven years, it has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.
“The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces,” said Liz McMillian, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.” The ‘formula for success’ continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about those colleges that seem to be getting it right.”
To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle turned to ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. The Great Colleges survey included a two -part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff (the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey) and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices for each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a Great College to Work For recognition was the employee feedback.