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APSU only Tennessee public university on 2012 Great Colleges to Work For list

8/6/2012

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Austin Peay State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In addition, APSU was the only public university in Tennessee to make the list.

The results, released today 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 APSU included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.

APSU won honors in five categories this year:

-- Collaborative Governance

-- Professional/Career Development Programs

-- Teaching Environment

-- Confidence in Senior Leadership

-- Tenure Clarity and Process

Because APSU was recognized in several categories, APSU received Honor Roll recognition.  

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of APSU, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense everyone at APSU helps to make this a great place to work,” APSU President Tim Hall said.

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities.

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

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 website at http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-to-Work-For/133333/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en#id=big-table. - Dr. Melony Shemberger