Shippensburg University named
2014 "Great College to Work For”
Shippensburg University is again recognized as one of
the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The
publication announced the results of its seventh “The Great Colleges to
Work For” survey today (July 21).
university was recognized in four categories: Compensation and benefits; confidence in senior leadership;
professional/career development programs; and work/life balance. It is the fourth time in five years the university has received the designation.
“This honor is particularly
meaningful. It shows that we have a campus
atmosphere and culture in which everyone can excel and can use their skills and
talents to benefit our students,” said Interim President Jody Harpster. “Our ability to work together toward the common
goal of educating and supporting our
students helps to make Shippensburg an
The Chronicle identifies the categories as:
- Compensation and
benefits: Pay is fair, and benefits
meet the needs of employees.
- Confidence in
senior leadership: Leaders
have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary
for institutional success.
- Professional/career-development programs: Employees
are given the opportunity to develop
skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
- Work/life balance: Policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal
The results, part of The Chronicle’s annual report on The Academic Workplace, are
based on a survey of more than 43,500 employees at 278 colleges and
universities. Only 92 of the institutions achieved “Great College to Work For”
recognition for specific best practices and policies. Shippensburg is in the
medium-size category of institutions with between 3,000 and 9,999 students.
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
“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and
most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. More information
and all the results of the survey are available on The Chronicle’s website at http://tiny.cc/dz7jjx.