SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg University has again been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Results of the publication’s seventh “The Great Colleges to Work For” survey were released July 21.
Shippensburg was recognized in four categories — compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leadership, professional/career development programs, and work/life balance.
It is the fourth time in five years the university has received the designation.
“This honor is particularly meaningful,” said Interim President Jody Harpster. “It shows that we have a campus atmosphere and culture in which everyone can excel and can use their skills and talents to benefit our students. Our ability to work together toward the common goal of educating and supporting our students helps to make Shippensburg an outstanding university.”
The Chronicle identifies the categories as:
• Compensation and benefits: Pay is fair, and benefits meet the needs of employees.
• Confidence in senior leadership: Leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for institutional success.
•Professional/career development programs: Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
• Work/life balance: Policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives.
The results, part of The Chronicle’s annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 employees at 278 colleges and universities. Only 92 of the institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Shippensburg is in the medium-size category of institutions with between 3,000 and 9,999 students.
Survey results are based on a two-part assessment process that included an institutional audit of 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 employee feedback.