For the third year in a row, Middlesex Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Middlesex Community College is the only community college in the state to receive this recognition.
The results, released today in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on the Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities.
In all, only 92 of the 278 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed a random sample of MxCC employees who provided answers directly to the publication. Honorees were chosen based on responses to the survey and honored in one or more categories.
MxCC won honors in compensation and benefits this year, which means that MxCC employees believe that the pay is fair and benefits meet their needs.
“We are delighted that The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Middlesex Community College for the third year in a row in its Great Colleges To Work For list," said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC. “This designation is based on an annual survey of our faculty and staff and it validates their continuing sense of satisfaction about working at Middlesex. It also gives us an occasion to celebrate our collective efforts to make this college a great place in every way, including, most importantly, for our students.”
The Chronicle’s 2014 Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes small groups of colleges 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 Great Colleges program provides readers with important information about the colleges and institutions we cover,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “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.”
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.
To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.