Results of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 survey of “Great Colleges to Work For” were released today and Blue Ridge Community College was once again recognized as a “Great College to Work For” in 10 of the 12 two-year college categories. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received Great College to Work For recognition was employee feedback. According to the Chronicle’s criteria, BRCC was recognized in the following areas:
- Collaborative Governance
- Professional/Career-Development Programs
- Teaching Environment
- Compensation and Benefits
- Facilities, Workspaces, and Security
- Job Satisfaction and Support
- Work/Life Balance
- Confidence in Senior Leadership
- Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship
- Respect and Appreciation
As a result of achieving this designation in so many different areas, BRCC was also listed on the Chronicle’s “Honor Roll” as one of the top three 2-year colleges in its size category! This is the 3rd consecutive year that BRCC has achieved this honor roll designation. Honor Roll members in the four-year college & university category included institutions such as Duke, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Baylor, and University of Southern California.
According to The Chronicle, recognition was based on the results of responses from nearly 44,000 administrators, faculty members, and staff members at 310 institutions. The number of institutions participating in this survey makes it the second-largest workplace-recognition program in the country, after Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” In addition to the employee survey, the assessment process also included an analysis of demographic data and workplace policies at each participating college or university.
Participating institutions were segmented into four-year and two-year schools, and then within those categories, institutions were classified based on undergraduate and graduate enrollment: small (fewer than 3,000 students), medium (3,000 to 9,999 students), and large (more than 10,000 students). BRCC achieved its ten designations in the 2-year, medium-sized enrollment category.
More information about BRCC’s recognition can be found at http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-to-Work-For/128312/. The BRCC group that volunteered in Haiti is also recognized in a feature article at http://chronicle.com/article/These-Community-Colleges/128303/.