Honor by Chronicle of Higher Education puts MSU in elite company

Great Colleges to Work ForOnce again, The Chronicle of Higher Education has found Murray State University to be one of its “Great Colleges to Work For,” particularly for faculty seeking a career in teaching. The 2014 rankings represent Murray’s fifth time on the list. Murray State is recognized for excellence in the Teaching Environment category.

Results are based on survey returns from more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities. Only 92 of those 278 schools achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies.

Murray State was joined by Eastern Kentucky University as the only four-year Kentucky universities to be noted on the list.

MSU was ranked in the “large” category, defined as schools with enrollments of 10,000 or more students. Elite universities joining Murray State on this list include Notre Dame and Washington and Lee.

“MSU is very pleased to once again to be named among the Great Colleges to Work For. Our university climate and culture allow faculty and staff alike to serve our students and allow us to remain a student-centered university. Our faculty are experts in their individual disciplines providing high quality teaching, research and service, and our staff are dedicated and excel in their respective support areas,” noted Dr. Jay Morgan, MSU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Renae Duncan, associate provost for undergraduate education at MSU, agreed. “The reason you see so many professors who have been at Murray State for 20, 30 and even 40 years is that the teaching environment is so positive. The university administration respects and supports academic freedom and our deans and department chairs work hard to ensure that faculty are supported in such a way that teaching and scholarly activity can be their primary focus. This support of faculty from all sides of the university leads to professors who love their jobs. Of course, the real winners here are the students who benefit from being taught by professors who work in such a positive environment.”

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle used ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process — the survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received Great College to Work For recognition was the employee feedback.

“The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces. The ‘formula for success’ continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of workers satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.



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