Wake Tech Community College stands out in national faculty workplace survey

The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published its survey results for the 2010 edition of Great Colleges to Work For (in the United States). The entire methodology is behind a paywall but here’s what I can share without violating the conditions of my personal subscription:

This year The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For survey is based on responses from more than 43,000 people, at 275 institutions. Four-year colleges and universities accounted for 221 of the institutions, and two-year colleges for 54.

Approximately 20,000 of the people responding were faculty members, more than 14,800 were professional staff members, and 8,100 were administrators. The survey was sent to more than 100,000 people, with an overall response rate of 45 percent. The assessment was administered by ModernThink LLC, a human-resources-consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del. Its survey instrument is based on an assessment that has been used in 55 Best Places to Work programs involving more than 4,000 organizations. A panel of higher-education experts has helped to customize the survey to reflect issues unique to colleges.

In our neck of the woods, three North Carolina institutions made the list of 97: Duke University, Elon University, and Wake Technical Community College.

Wake Tech is particularly noteworthy because it was the only one of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges to rank on the Honor Roll of those institutions with the largest number of category recognitions: Collaborative Governance, Job Satisfaction, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect & Appreciation.

While Elon was recognized for many of the same categories, Duke University’s recognition was restricted to facilities, workspaces, and security.

As regular readers know, I’ve been a big fan of community colleges and their lower cost makes many of these programs accessible to a wider range of students.  Most impressive to me is that Wake Tech was only one of nine, two-year colleges in the US to make this list, and only one of three with more than 10,000 students.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with graduates of Wake Tech’s biopharmaceutical technology program and have been uniformly impressed by their excellence in both the classroom and the laboratory. So, heartiest congratulations to my colleagues at Wake Tech!

Happy, valued faculty seem to make for outstanding students.

What a revolutionary idea.

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One thought on “Wake Tech Community College stands out in national faculty workplace survey

  1. It is indeed nice to see worthy community colleges getting recognition – they play such a vital role and often do so much better at working with students than Big U’s do. I should blog sometime about my interaction with a cc last fall…

    Good on you for highlighting Wake Tech’s success!

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