The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received "Great College to Work For" recognition was feedback provided by faculty and staff.
The results, released in The Chronicle's sixth annual report on "The Academic Workplace," are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities. In all, only 97 of the 300 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition, with Panola College being one of only 21 two-year colleges selected from across the nation.
According to the Chronicle's criteria, Panola College was recognized in 10 of the 11 two-year college categories studied. These included: collaborative governance; professional/career-development programs; teaching environment; compensation & benefits; facilities; workspaces and security; job satisfaction; work/life balance; confidence in senior leadership; supervisor or department chair relationship; and respect and appreciation. As a result of achieving recognition in so many different areas, Panola College was also listed on the Chronicle's "Honor Roll" as one of the top four colleges in its size category. Only 12 community colleges and 30 universities in the United States were named to the Honor Roll.
"I'm honored to accept this recognition on behalf of all the employees and the Board of Trustees at Panola College," said Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College. "Our faculty and staff are the key to student success. We are dedicated to continue making Panola College a great place to work and a great place for students."
"It's easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it's when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested. And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent, said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC.
"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 http://chronicle.com/AcademicWorkplace2013.