Nine New York State Independent Sector colleges and universities “Named Great Colleges to Work for” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

News Date: 12/14/2011

Albany, NY – One in 12 campuses nationally named to The Chronicle of Higher Education\'s “Great Colleges to Work For” are private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York State. The annual survey by one of the nation’s leading trade periodicals for higher education identifies 111 colleges of all sizes that are exceptional places to work.

The Chronicle identified 12 features of excellent academic workplaces and asked faculty and staff at those colleges to assess their employers in those terms. The features included: leadership: collaborative governance, confidence in senior leadership and supervisor or department-chair relationship; careers: professional/career-development programs, teaching environment and tenure clarity and process; compensation: compensation and benefits, job satisfaction and respect and appreciation; and the workplace: diversity, facilities, workspace & security and work/life balance.

Below are the nine private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York State that received the designation:

  • Canisius College, Buffalo - www.canisius.edu - Recognized for: job satisfaction, work/life balance
  • The College of Saint Rose, Albany - www.strose.edu - Recognized for: professional/career development programs, confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, job satisfaction, work/life balance, respect and appreciation, supervisor/department chair relationship, tenure clarity and process
  • Hofstra Univesity, Hempstead - www.hofstra.edu - Recognized for: respect and appreciation, tenure clarity and process
  • Iona College, New Rochelle - www.iona.edu - Recognized for: teaching environment, respect and appreciation, supervisor/department chair relationship, tenure clarity and process
  • New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls - www.nycc.edu - Recognized for: compensation and benefits, professional/career development programs, job satisfaction, work/life balance, respect and appreciation, supervisor/department chair relationship, facilities, workplace & security
  • New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury - www.nyit.edu - Recognized for: compensation and benefits, teaching environment
  • Niagara University, Buffalo - www.niagara.edu - Recognized for: professional/career development programs, confidence in senior leadership, work/life balance, respect and appreciation
  • Nyack College, Nyack - www.nyack.edu - Recognized for: confidence in senior leadership, work/life balance, respect and appreciation
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester - www.rit.edu - Recognized for: compensation and benefits

Of the nine, three were named to the Honor Roll: New York Chiropractic College, the College of Saint Rose, and Niagara University.

About the Survey:

According to The Chronicle’s website, this survey is based on responses from nearly 44,000 people at 310 institutions. Four-year colleges and universities accounted for 245 of the institutions, and two-year colleges for 65. All accredited institutions in the United States are invited to participate, and participation is free.

Approximately 20,000 of the people responding were faculty members, about 15,000 were professional staff members, and about 8,000 were administrators. The survey was sent to almost 111,000 people, with an overall response rate of about 40 percent. The assessment was administered by ModernThink LLC, a human-resources-consulting firm based in Wilmington, Delaware. Its survey instrument is based on an assessment that has been used in 55 Best Places to Work programs involving more than 4,000 organizations. A panel of higher-education experts has helped to customize the survey to reflect issues unique to colleges.

For more information on how the survey was conducted visit: http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-to-Work-For/128312/

Contact:

Jennifer Miller, 518-436-4781, jennifer@cicu.org

Terri Standish-Kuon, 518-436-4781, terri@cicu.org