RCC a “Great College to Work For” for back-to-back years

Rappahannock Community College is a great college to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.

Only 93 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with RCC included among the small colleges and universities.

Rappahannock Community College won honors in six categories this year:

  • Teaching Environment: Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.
  • Professional/Career-Development Programs: Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
  • Compensation and 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
  • Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship: Supervisor makes expectations clear and solicits ideas.
  • Respect and Appreciation: Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions.

“I am delighted with this year’s results,” said Rappahannock Community College President, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.

“It is only our second year that we have participated in the program, and the high response rate from our faculty and staff provided meaningful data about where we are as an organization. We have risen to Honor Roll status in just our second year, which reflects positively on how we come together as a group to offer a culture of quality instruction and student services at RCC.”

In 2015, RCC achieved the Great Colleges distinction as well, in only its first time in the survey.

“Nine years in, The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program is well known as a mark of a college or university that puts thought and effort into serving the needs of its faculty and staff,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle.

“The colleges and universities that make the list are highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and administrative talent.”

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.

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.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

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 Web site at http://chronicle.com/AW16.