Baylor Named Among 'Great Colleges to Work For'

July 6, 2009

Listed in 8 Chronicle of Higher Education survey categories

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Baylor University's quality as a top choice for students has been recognized in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and more recently by The Fiske Guide to Colleges. Now, a national publication in the field of higher education has recognized Baylor University as a high quality employer.

Baylor is cited in eight categories as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual survey, released today.

Baylor is among 122 four-year institutions nationwide included in the survey. The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes universities and colleges, grouped by enrollment size, for specific best practices and policies. There are a total of 26 recognition categories for four-year institutions, and 15 for community colleges.

Baylor achieved recognition in the large university classification, those with 10,000 or more students, along with institutions such as Duke, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others. The university was cited for:

• Compensation and Benefits

• Connection to Institution and Pride

• Facilities and Security

• Job Satisfaction

• Physical Work Space Conditions

• Professional Career-Development Programs

• Supervisor-Department Chair Relationship

• Work/Life Balance

"It is gratifying to see a national publication affirm what so many of us on campus already believe: Baylor is a great place to work," Interim President David E. Garland said. "In fact, what makes this survey particularly meaningful is that the findings are based on the responses of Baylor employees themselves. This survey shows that Baylor faculty and staff stand out nationally as individuals who are proud of the institution they serve and appreciative of many elements of their work environment."

To participate in the program, institutions agreed to go through a free, two-part assessment process: a survey administered to a randomly selected group of 400 to 600 administrators and members of the faculty and professional-support staff, and an institutional audit that collected demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from faculty and staff members.

More than 300 four- and two-year colleges signed up for this year's program, and 247 completed the entire survey process, nearly triple last year's number of participants. Responses were received from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members and staff members at those institutions.

Baylor employs 1,151 full-time and 247 part-time faculty and staff and is one of the largest employers in Waco and the Central Texas region.

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