Shippensburg named a "2011 Great College to Work For"

Shippensburg University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s the second consecutive year the university was named in the survey.

The survey’s results, released today (July 25) by The Chronicle as part of its fourth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities. Only 111 of the institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies.Shippensburg
was in the medium-size category of institutions with between 3,000 and 9,999 students.

Shippensburg won honors in the leadership and careers areas, specifically for collaborative governance, and tenure clarity and process. Collaborative governance is defined as when faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs.
Tenure clarity and process is defined as requirements for tenure are clear.

“We’re very proud to receive this honor for a second consecutive year,” said President Bill Ruud. “The award also shows that the university has been able to maintain its culture of collaboration and support in spite of recent financial challenges. Even with those challenges, our employees continue to do great work on behalf of our students and understand that Shippensburg is a great university.”

The report said that what makes the university great is “Discussion about the tenure process begins during a faculty member’s first year on the job, with the university’s yearlong orientation program. New faculty are also assigned mentors, who encourage them to serve on department committees.”

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.

ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

According to Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner of ModernThink LLC, “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. 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.” 

According to information from The Chronicle, it provides the academic community with an independent, global hub for news, sophisticated analysis, opinion, and engagement. It is also read weekly read by more college and university faculty members and administrators than any other source in higher education.

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle's website at