The rankings were based on a two-part methodology: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution and a survey of employees on workforce practices. More than 45,000 people at 232 institutions participated in this year’s survey, with 79 of the schools earning the title of Great College to Work For.
Only 42 of those 79, including Embry-Riddle, were additionally named Honor Roll schools for excellence across multiple categories. Embry-Riddle won high marks in the following areas: Facilities; Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; and Work/Life Balance.
“It’s very gratifying that for the seventh year in a row, Embry-Riddle employees who responded to the Great Colleges to Work For survey have given the university their vote of confidence,” said university President Dr. P. Barry Butler. “At Embry-Riddle we offer benefits that support the work/life balance that is so essential to attracting and retaining top-tier faculty and staff.”
Embry-Riddle employs more than 2,200 faculty, staff, and administrators worldwide. Benefits include paid holidays, including the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a generous personal leave program, a four-day summer workweek, a 403(b) retirement plan with Embry-Riddle gift and matching contribution, health insurance with vision and dental coverage, a telecommuting option, and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program. A tuition waiver program offers free tuition to employees and family members, with employees allowed paid time off to attend Embry-Riddle classes.
“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,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university on our annual list has proven that they emphasize one of their best assets: their faculty and staff.”
The full survey rankings can be found online here and will appear July 21 in The Chronicle’s Academic Workplace Special Issue.
To administer the Great Colleges to Work For survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm.
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