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Panola College is named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for the fourth consecutive year, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released in The Chronicle's eighth annual report on "The Academic Workplace," are based on a survey at 281 colleges and universities. In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition, with Panola College being one of only 24 two-year colleges selected from across the nation.

According to the Chronicle’s criteria, Panola College won honors in 10 of the 11 two-year college categories studied. These included: 

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

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 colleges in its size category. 

One Panola College employee told the Chronicle of Higher Education, “As a student my experience at Panola College was exceptional. Now that I work here, I believe even more that Panola College truly is a remarkable place. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work at such a great place, and with so many amazing people. There really is a sense of belonging, and appreciation for a job well done.”

Another Panola College employee was quoted as saying, “I appreciate the current leadership and vision that our college has had in the community. I have always appreciated that our town has an affordable community college which provides both academic transfer opportunities and job-training/re-training at such a high quality and in such a forward-thinking manner.”

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Panola College, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense everyone at Panola College helps to make this a great place to work,” said Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College. “I’m honored to accept this recognition on behalf of all the employees and the Board of Trustees at Panola College.”

The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work. The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Liz McMillen, editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Great Colleges to Work For" is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to review the results of the survey, visit TheChronicle's website at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.

 

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