Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Record Update first

U-M makes Chronicle's list of great places to work

For the second year, U-M has made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the Great Colleges to Work For.  The second annual survey by the publication this year recognized 150 colleges and universities for best workplace practices and policies.

“We are pleased once again to be recognized as a strong employer.  Just as we strive to provide an exceptional academic environment for our students, the university is committed to being an engaging, supportive and rewarding professional home for our faculty and staff, “ President Mary Sue Coleman said in response to the announcement Monday. 

U-M was recognized in nine of 26 areas within three major categories:

• Work Environment — collaborative governance and teaching environment

• Pay and Benefits — compensation and benefits, 403b or 401K, vacation or paid time off, disability insurance, and life insurance

• Institutional Policies — confidence in senior leadership, tenure clarity and process

ModernThink LLC, a firm hired by the Chronicle to conduct the research, surveys 400-600 randomly selected faculty and professional staff members, depending on size of the institution. Each college or university also conducts an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies. Greater weight is given to the feedback from employees, according to the Chronicle. 

“We are very pleased to be recognized again this year by the Chronicle of Higher Education,” said Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for human resources. “The University of Michigan strives to be a place of unique character and rewards, so it’s particularly gratifying that this recognition is the result of input from our own faculty and staff community.”

The number of institutions participating in this year’s survey nearly tripled to 300, the publication states. Results were based on responses from 41,000 administrators, faculty and staff. Participants were divided into two-year and four-year institutions then were categorized further by enrollment. U-M was measured against other four-year colleges and universities of more than 10,000 students.

In 2008 U-M also received recognition in the categories of collaborative governance, compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leadership, 403b or 401k, vacation or paid time off, and disability insurance.