For the fourth 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 eighth annual report on the Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of employees at 281 colleges and universities.
In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved this 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.
“This annual recognition, which compares our college to institutions across the country, confirms what we know in our hearts and minds about the college we all care about so deeply,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC. “Middlesex Community College is a special place and most people feel that the minute they step on campus.”
The Chronicle’s 2015 Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes small groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies. Now in its eighth 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 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 faculty and staff who make up our readership want to know which institutions are Great Colleges to Work For because many of them are either seeking to improve their own campus or are looking for that next great career opportunity. 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 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.