Great recognition

Wheaton College has been selected as 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 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 Wheaton included among the institutions with 2,999 students or fewer.

“It’s gratifying to be included on this list of outstanding institutions,” said Wheaton President Dennis M. Hanno. “A good measure of Wheaton’s strength as a liberal arts college comes directly from the energy and dedication of faculty and staff. They make this a great place to work, live and learn, and it’s important that, as an institution, we continue to show that we value their many contributions.”

Participating in the Chronicle’s review process for the first time this year, Wheaton won honors in two categories: tenure clarity and process and teaching environment, that reflect important aspects of the campus climate affecting faculty members.

The Chronicle, which is based in Washington, D.C., covers the nation’s 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 web site at