Dakota Wesleyan University named a ‘2014 Great College to Work For®’ by Chronicle of Higher Education

Friday, July 25, 2014

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


The results, released today in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities.


In all, only 92 of the 278 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For®” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with DWU included among the small universities with 2,999 students or fewer – DWU’s enrollment for 2013-14 was 883.


DWU won honors in three categories this year, including facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.


“Being recognized by The Chronicle in this way affirms our belief that Dakota Wesleyan is a special and unique place to both learn and work,” said Amy Novak, DWU president. “DWU has been educating students for almost 130 years and our institution is known for its graduates’ success stories, but this shows the community another side to how we implement our values of learning, leadership, faith and service. We practice what we preach and strive to not only make DWU an exceptional university for our students, but also an exceptional place to work.”


The Chronicle for Higher Education is a nationwide publication for news about and for 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.

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