RCC named a “Great College to Work For” Three Consecutive Years

Great College to Work For

For the third consecutive year, Rappahannock Community College has been honored as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rappahannock Community College is a great college to work for in 2017, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. This marks the third time in as many years that RCC has been recognized with this honor.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s tenth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of colleges and universities.

This year, like 2016, RCC had the added honor of earning the Honor Roll distinction, which means the College “stands out” in our size categories.

Also, RCC was recognized for the following achievements:

  • Collaborative Governance — Faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs.
  • Compensation & Benefits — Pay is fair, and benefits meet the needs of employees.
  • Job Satisfaction and Support — Provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy, and resources.
  • Professional/Career-Development Programs — Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
  • Respect and Appreciation — Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions.
  • Teaching Environment — Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.

“For three consecutive years, RCC has been a recipient of this honor, and I could not be happier,” said Dr. Elizabeth Hinton Crowther, president of Rappahannock Community College. “This report and recognition show that our culture is among the very best in higher education, and it reflects our employees’ dedication to excellence for students.”

“Ten years in, 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.”

Only a small percentage of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Over 200 institutions participated in 2017, including 155 four-year institutions and 77 two-year institutions; just 79 institutions are recognized as a great college to work for, including 57 four-year institutions and 22 two-year institutions.

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

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