Texas A&M University-Central Texas is one of the best colleges in the country to work in, according to a new survey from the Great Colleges to Work For program.
The findings, published last week in a special insert in The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 196 colleges and universities. A total of 70 of the 196 institutions achieved âGreat College to Work Forâ recognition for best practices and specific policies.
Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with A&M-Central Texas included among small universities with 500 to 2,999 students.
âTo carry out our unique mission, our faculty, staff and administration must cooperate on behalf of our students, directly contributing to the advancement and ultimate success of each and every one of them.
It is our collective energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and dedication that creates an environment in which our students can thrive, âsaid Mark Nigliazzo, president of A&M-Central Texas.
A&M-Central Texas welcomes students who have started but have not completed their undergraduate education, and also offers many graduate programs. To date, more than 8,700 graduates have graduated in arts and sciences, business administration and education.
âThese results suggest that A&M-Central Texas employees – faculty, staff and administrators – recognize that the culture we have purposefully built is more than a goal,â Nigliazzo said. “It is becoming a reality, and it is a wonderful statement.”
A&M-Central Texas took home honors in two categories this year:
Well-being of teachers and staff
Rooted in models of work / life balance and well-being, this category of recognition is based on the impact of one’s employment experience on one’s well-being (e.g. safe work environment).
Supervisor / Head of Efficiency Department
It is widely accepted that the experience of one’s immediate supervisor is one of the most important factors influencing the actual engagement of an employee. This recognition category is based on survey items providing insight into essential managerial skills such as providing clear direction, constructive feedback, ensuring effective communication and fair treatment.
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured data on employment and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, staff and staff. administrators and professional support staff. The main factor in deciding whether an institution was recognized was employee feedback.
The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country.