The leading journal for colleges and universities in America and the world has included Fort Hays State University in three of its categories of “Great Colleges to Work For.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education published the results in its July 18 issue, recognizing FHSU among “institutions that have created exceptional work environments.” The listings were based on 15,000 survey respondents from 89 colleges across the country.
The Chronicle hired ModernThink LLC, a Wilmington, Del., human resources consulting firm, to conduct the first of what it plans to develop as an annual report. The initial research “was conducted only at institutions that felt confident enough in the quality of their workplaces to participate in the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ survey,” according to the Chronicle.
“Considering that only elite universities participated in this inaugural year of the survey, we are especially pleased that Fort Hays State rose to the top in three of the evaluation categories,” said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president. “We will continue to pursue excellence in all 27 categories that were studied.”
The survey revealed “fairly high” positive responses nationwide in all the categories, but it also showed that “college administrators typically think their relations with faculty members are better than they really are” – 80 percent of administrators agreed that faculty-administration relations on their campuses were healthy, compared with 61 percent of faculty members.
The survey results are divided into three sizes of institutions: small, with 499 or fewer employees; medium, with 500 to 2,499 employees; and large, with 2,500 or more employees. FHSU, with its approximately 750 employees, fell into the medium-sized group. Five schools were listed at the top for each of the three sizes in the 27 categories of evaluation. The top five schools were listed alphabetically rather than from 1 to 5.
FHSU was listed in three of the categories: health insurance; facilities and security (appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment); and physical workspace conditions (facilities adequately meet needs).
The other categories were Healthy Faculty-Administration Relations; Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career Development Program; Teaching Environment; Compensation and Benefits; Job Satisfaction; Work-Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Internal Communications; Connection to Institution and Pride; Tenure Clarity and Process; Tuition Reimbursement; Housing Assistance Programs; Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship; Perception and Confidence in Fair Treatment; Respect and Appreciation; Policies, Resources, and Efficiency; Career Development, Research and Scholarship; Engagement Index; 403b or 401k; Vacation or Paid Time Off; Disability Insurance; Life Insurance; and Post-Retirement Benefits.