HSU Receives National Honor as a Great Workplace

For the sixth consecutive year, Hardin-Simmons University has been recognized as a Great College to Work For® by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading source of news, data, and jobs for the higher-education and nonprofit communities.


HSU was among 92 institutions across the United States honored with the designation of being a Great College to Work For®, and was singled out for recognition in four key areas: Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Work/Life Balance.

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of HSU,” said Dr. Lanny Hall, HSU President, “but our real goal is not recognition, it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense everyone at HSU helps to make this a great place to work.”

The Great Colleges to Work For® program recognizes small groups of colleges (based on enrollment size) for specific best practices and policies. Now in its seventh year, the Great Colleges program 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. The ‘formula for success’ continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction,” said Liz McMillen, editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right.”

The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a Great College to Work For recognition was the employee feedback. Nationwide, more than 43,500 surveys were completed by administrators, faculty members, and professional support staff members.

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said McMillen.

Results of the survey will be published in The Chronicle’s Academic Workplace Special Issue which comes out July 25th. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com.


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