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Widener University named a “2018 Great College to Work For”

Widener a "Great College to Work For."

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published its "Great Colleges to Work For" list and Widener is on it.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Widener University a 2018 “Great College to Work For” based on results of a new survey. The trade publication for colleges and universities released the survey results Monday, July 16 in its 11th-annual report on The Academic Workplace.

Results are based on a national survey of colleges and universities. Widener took honors in the category of tenure clarity and process. This honor recognizes colleges and universities for having clear tenure requirements based on the opinion of faculty members.

“I am very pleased to see Widener included on this distinguished national list,” President Julie E. Wollman said. “Our faculty members collaborate with students on their research, serve as mentors, and share industry connections and knowledge, all of which gives students an edge on the path to fulfilling careers. The faculty is Widener’s most valuable asset, so survey results that reflect satisfaction with the university’s tenure process are gratifying. Our professors deserve a work environment where expectations are clear and transparent, and I am proud to see Widener recognized for delivering that.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and an anonymous survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

“Widener had a high response rate on the survey, compared to other colleges and universities that participated,” Wollman noted. “At Widener we are constantly asking how we can make the university an even better place to work, with faculty and staff frequently contributing positive changes through their ideas, enthusiasm and energy. They care deeply, so it is not surprising they felt eager to share their thoughts on this survey.”

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most comprehensive workplace studies in higher education. The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm to administer the survey and analyze the results. The company has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. 

“The Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the publication online.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/

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