Chronicle for Higher Education Again Names Lee a Great College to Work For

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alumni Hero
Lee University has once again been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released in The Chronicle’s sixth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities.

“This is a great program, because it helps us to receive feedback on how we are doing as employers,” said Ann McElrath, director of Human Resources at Lee. “Each member of the Lee team is top-notch at what they do, and this survey lets us know they are happy doing it here.”

In all, only 97 of the 300 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Lee was not only named to this list, but was also one of only 42 named a 2013 Honor Roll school.

“It makes me proud to be on the Honor Roll again,” said Chris Conine, vice president for Business and Finance. “I have always felt that Lee University is a special place, but knowing the rest of the higher education community sees us this way is truly affirming.”

Lee earned exceptional ratings in nine out of twelve total categories:

• Collaborative Governance
• Professional/Career-Development Programs
• Teaching Environment
• Facilities, Workspace & Security
• Job Satisfaction
• Confidence in Senior Leadership
• Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
• Respect and Appreciation
• Tenure Clarity and Process

“The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces. The ‘formula for success’ continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right. Great Colleges is more than a ‘marketing’ opportunity for colleges -- it is an authentic example of accomplishment.” Liz McMillen, editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education

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.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at