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Emporia State University named a ‘2014 Great College to Work For®’ by faculty, staff

July 24, 2014

Emporia State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the second straight year that Emporia State has been recognized.

Results released this week in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities.

In all, only 92 of the 278 two- and four-year institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. A total of 196 four-year institutions were considered with only 71 recognized. Emporia State, the only four-year institution in Kansas to make the list, was included among the medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

Emporia State won honors for supervisor or department-chair relationship, described as “supervisors or chairs make expectations clear and solicit ideas.”

“Every employee in every department at Emporia State University plays an important role in the success of Hornet Nation,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University. “By working together, we will continue to change lives for the common good.”

The Chronicle is the nation’s leading source of news, data and jobs for the higher-education and nonprofit communities.

“In light of increasing public concern about the cost of higher education, The Chronicle is focused more than ever on providing the necessary information that helps our readers make informed choices,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor. “What we find, year after year in the Great Colleges survey, is that many educators and administrators, too, are thinking more critically about how to improve the cost-effectiveness and workplace efficiency of their institutions. The Great Colleges program is our way of highlighting their efforts.”

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

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at

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