Willimantic, Conn. – For the sixth time in the past seven years, Eastern Connecticut State University is one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Of the 281 institutions participating this year, Eastern was one of only 42 schools that was named to the program’s “Honor Roll.”
Eastern is the only four-year institution in Connecticut to earn this accolade, and the only public four-year institution in New England. Recognized in nine of the program’s 12 job satisfaction categories, this is the best Eastern has fared in the prestigious program.
“We are delighted to be included on the ‘Great Colleges to Work for’ Honor Roll,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, “and honored to again be recognized as one of the nation’s top higher education workplaces. The spirit of collaboration and unity that exists on our campus is a strength that helps us better serve our students and the state of Connecticut. Receiving this national recognition once again from the Chronicle of Higher Education is very gratifying, especially given our high ranking on nine of the program’s 12 criteria.”
Eastern was recognized for its collaborative governance; professional/career development programs; compensation and benefits; facilities, workplace and security; job satisfaction and support; confidence in senior leadership; supervisor/department chair relationships; employee respect and appreciation; and tenure process for faculty.
The survey included a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured workplace demographics, policies and practices, and a survey administered randomly to employees by an independent third party (ModernThink LLC).
“The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work,” said Liz McMillen, editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. “The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”
The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. Now in its eighth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com/AW15.
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 164 of Connecticut’s 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 24 other states and 50 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 56 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked in the top 30 public universities in the North Region, by U.S. News and World Report in its 2015 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded “Green Campus” status by the U.S. Green Building Council six years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.