Baylor University Named Among Great Colleges to Work For 2011July 26, 2011
Baylor University joined an elite group of universities when it was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2011 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.
Honor Roll designation was given to institutions that were cited most often across numerous recognition categories. The results, released in the Chronicle's fourth annual report on the academic workplace, are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities throughout the United States. Approximately 20,000 of those surveyed were faculty members, about 15,000 were professional staff members, and about 8,000 were administrators, according to the Chronicle.
"This designation by The Chronicle of Higher Education informs the entire higher education community of something that those of us who serve at Baylor have long understood," said Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost. "Baylor is a deeply rewarding place to work, filled with energetic and talented people who are inspired by the university's mission of combining academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community."
Baylor was among university standouts in four categories - leadership, which includes collaborative governance, confidence in senior leadership, supervisor or department chair relationship; compensation, which includes compensation and benefits, job satisfaction, respect and appreciation of employees; careers, which takes into account the availability of professional and career-development programs, as well as teaching environment; and the workplace, which encompasses facilities, workspace, security and work/life balance.
Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It is a nine-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, and one of its columnists was a finalist for a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. The Best Colleges to Work For survey was administered for The Chronicle of Higher Education by ModernThink LLC, a human resources consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del.
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "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.
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The full report may be found at chronicle.com/academicworkplace