Baylor again named a "Great College to Work For"

Baylor again named a "Great College to Work For"

For the seventh consecutive year, Baylor earned recognition as a “Great College to Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released July 17 in The Chronicle’s 10th annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities.

Of those, only 79 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions. Baylor is included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.

Baylor was cited in six categories this year:

  • Compensation and Benefits: Pay is fair, and benefits meet the needs of employees.
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security: Facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment.
  • Job Satisfaction and Support: Provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy and resources.
  • Professional/Career Development Programs: Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship: Supervisor makes expectations clear and solicits ideas.
  • Work/Life Balance: Policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives.

“As a research university with a Christian commitment, Baylor University offers its faculty and staff a distinctive professional environment—one in which they have the privilege of providing students with a transformational education that prepares them for lives of leadership and service,” President Linda Livingstone said. “Our faculty and staff, in turn, are given the opportunity to grow professionally and personally through investments in employee success, a caring community and outstanding benefits.”

For example, Baylor earlier this year announced expansive new policies that provide paid parental leave for staff and an adoption assistance program that benefit both staff and faculty at the University. The policies went into effect April 1. Both benefits placed Baylor at the forefront of universities nationally and in Texas in offering parental leave and adoption assistance and further enhanced an already robust benefits plan for Baylor staff and faculty.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback is the primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition.