Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn. - For the third year in a row, Eastern Connecticut State University has made the list of "Great Colleges to Work For" released by The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE). ModernThink LLC, an independent research company, surveyed 310 colleges and universities and more than 44,000 employees at those institutions to develop its findings. Only 111 colleges were awarded the prestigious honor. The program is the second largest workplace recognition program in the country, after Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" program.
Between 400 and 600 employees were surveyed at each college or university and each institution was also asked to fill out an organizational questionnaire. In addition to being recognized as a "Great College to Work For," Eastern won honors in four subcategories this year: "Collaborative Governance"; "Compensation and Benefits"; Facilities, Workspaces and Security"; and "Confidence in Senior Leadership."
"We are honored to be included in 'Great Colleges to Work For' three years in a row," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Receiving this national recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education is very gratifying especially, being recognized in so many critical areas of campus interaction. The spirit of collaboration that exists on our campus gives us a heightened capacity to better serve our students and the State of Connecticut."
"Even in a down economy when many colleges are freezing salaries or having layoffs, employees still find good in their work," said CHE editor Jeffrey Selingo. "Great workplaces are about more than dollars and cents. Great Colleges to Work For don't always pay the best, but they have created environments where people feel appreciated and valued."
Richard Boyer, principal and managing partner of ModernThink, LLC, agreed: "It's easy to be a great workplace during good times, but it's when times are tough, 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."
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