Notre Dame honored as "Great College to Work For"

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Great Colleges to Work For

For the third consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received honor roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey.

The Great Colleges program, now in its fourth year, is the premier recognition program in higher education. The program is designed to recognize institutions that are great places to work and to compile benchmarking data about industry trends, as well as to recognize institutions for best practices and policies. The University has participated in the program for three years, and has taken top honors each year.

All accredited institutions in the U.S. are invited to participate in the survey. This year, results were based on responses from nearly 44,000 people at 310 institutions across the country.

The Chronicle identified 12 features of excellent academic workplaces and asked faculty and staff at colleges of all sizes and types from across the country to assess their employers. Each institution was asked to submit a list of full-time employees randomly selected across three categories: administration, faculty and exempt professional staff.

The assessment, administered and analyzed by ModernThink LLC, a human resources consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del., was conducted in March and April of this year.

Employees answered questions on factors such as supervisor or department chair relationships, opportunities for professional/career development, compensation and benefits, job satisfaction and workplace diversity.

Honor roll recognition, awarded to four-year colleges, was given to the 10 institutions in each size category (based on enrollment) that were cited most often across all of the recognition categories—leadership, careers, compensation and workplace satisfaction.

Originally published by Carol C. Bradley at on July 27, 2011.