Saint Leo University named a “2015 Great College to Work For®”

July 20, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Saint Leo University has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for in a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released online July 20 in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.

In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Saint Leo University included among the large universities, those with 10,000 or more students.

Saint Leo University achieved honors in eight categories this year:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security
  • Professional/Career Development Programs
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Work/Life Balance.

Because Saint Leo University was rated highly in eight out of 12 categories, it also was named a 2015 Honor Roll institution, a designation granted to only 42 of the colleges surveyed. Saint Leo has been named among the Great Colleges to Work For® in 2013, 2014, and 2015, earning the Honor Roll distinction all three years.

“We at Saint Leo are pleased to have been named again as one of the best colleges in the nation in which to work,” said University President Dr. William J. Lennox Jr. “This honor is gratifying, as it illustrates our core values of excellence, respect, personal development, integrity, community, and responsible stewardship, which guide us as people and as an institution. We remain committed to our student-centered mission, and that focus helps us to provide a positive and respectful environment for our employees.”

“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 the full survey, visit The Chronicle’s website here.