Roberts Wesleyan College is among the 2017 Great Colleges to Work For determined by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a workplace recognition program.
Now in its 10th year, Great Colleges to Work For recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. The list selected 79 colleges out of the 232 participating institutions that applied.
The college was recognized in eight categories: collaborative governance; confidence in senior leadership; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; respect and appreciation; tenure clarity and process; work and life balance; and supervisor and department chairman relationships.
Roberts Wesleyan employees participated in the survey. The recognitions indicated faculty members are involved in decisions related to academic programs; leaders have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience; facilities adequately meet needs; the appearance of campus is pleasing; the institution provides a secure environment; employees are recognized for their contributions; tenure requirements are clear; policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives; and supervisors make expectations clear and solicit ideas.
The college was one of 42 institutions to receive the honor roll designation for universities in its size categories.
“What an honor and blessing to be part of this impressive list yet again for the third year in a row,” said Deana Porterfield, president. “We strive to provide an engaged campus culture that is God-honoring and has a positive impact in the lives of our students. Our employees are what make Roberts a unique community. This recognition allows us the opportunity to celebrate the great work happening at Roberts Wesleyan College.”
The selection process included a two-part assessment with an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.
“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets — their faculty and staff.”
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