Baylor University Named Among Great Colleges to Work For 2012

Great Colleges to Work For 2012
For the second year in a row, Baylor University is among only 30 universities named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012 Honor Roll as one of the country's "Great Colleges to Work For."
Aug. 6, 2012

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Baylor recognized as one of select Honor Roll universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education

WACO, Texas (Aug. 6, 2012) - For the second year in a row, Baylor University joined an elite group of universities named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012 Honor Roll as one of the country's "Great Colleges to Work For." Only 30 national universities identified by The Chronicle as "large four-year colleges" were awarded honor roll status.

The results, released in The Chronicle's fifth annual report on "The Academic Workplace," are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities. In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Baylor included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.

Baylor achieved recognition in 11 categories this year, one of only two universities on the Honor Roll to do so. Baylor was cited for excellence in Collaborative Governance; Compensation and Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career-Development Program; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment; Tenure Clarity and Process; and Work/Life Balance.

"It is an honor for Baylor to be recognized again by The Chronicle of Higher Education and among our peers in the higher education community for something that those of us who serve at Baylor have long known," said Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost. "Baylor is a genuinely rewarding place to work, filled with energetic and talented faculty and staff who are inspired by the university's mission of combining academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Since the findings are based on the responses of Baylor employees themselves, we know they are proud of the institution they serve and appreciative of many elements of their work environment."

The Chronicle specifically highlighted Baylor for reducing teaching loads for faculty who are heavily involved in research, and holding half-day leadership seminars for department chairs. The university also was lauded for discounting meals for employees in four dining halls, food courts, and the faculty center, and for providing access for spouses and dependents campus fitness facilities as well as free admission to most Baylor events.

According to The Chronicle, 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.

Baylor also was honored in 2009 by The Chronicle as a Great College to Work For.

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 the results of the survey, visit http://chronicle.com/section/Academic-Workplace-2012/617/.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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