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USI is a 2009 Great College to Work For

great colleges to work forUniversity of Southern Indiana is one of 150 colleges to be recognized for workplace policies in The Chronicle of Higher Education's second annual Great Colleges to Work For survey. The honor is being announced in a special supplement of the July 2009 issue of The Chronicle, a major source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and administrators.

USI is being recognized for facilities, security, and physical work space conditions in the work environment category. There are 26 recognition categories for four-year institutions and 15 categories for community colleges in the survey. The results are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members, and staff members at more than 300 four- and two-year colleges.

"Through this program, The Chronicle is able to provide more information to job seekers about the colleges that are the leading innovators when it comes to providing a rewarding work environment," said Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Great Colleges survey includes a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and support staff, and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution.

classThe Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes colleges (grouped by enrollment size) for specific best practices and policies. USI is in the large institutions group with 10,000 or more students. Ten institutions are named in each group.

Along with USI, some other colleges to be recognized in the category of campus appearance and secure environment include University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, Cornell University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the categories of adequate facilities and pleasing campus appearance, USI is joined by such institutions as Duke University, Kennesaw State University, and University of Mississippi.

USI President Linda L. M. Bennett said, "Employee feedback to the survey was a primary factor in USI's selection. This national recognition for workplace policies will give USI a competitive edge for recruiting and retaining top faculty and staff. It also gives us important information about how to further improve the work environment on campus."

The survey for Great Colleges to Work For was administered and analyzed by the consulting firm Modern Think LLC.

-- Award for Physical Work Space Conditions

-- Award for Facilities and Security

-- Chronicle of Higher Education article 150 Campuses Win Recognition in Survey of Great Colleges to Work For

-- Benefit Satisfaction Report

-- Tables & Graphs of Survey Dimensions