September 2010, Volume 14, Number 4


MDC ranked great place to work once again

The Chronicle's 2010 Great Colleges to Work For cover

MDC's dedication to a quality work environment, diversity and career development made it one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. More than 42,000 college employees and 300 institutions participated in the application process for the Great Colleges to Work for program. MDC, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, joined the list along with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, Duke University and the University of Southern California, among others.

“I am very proud of this distinction, especially during a time when many challenges continue in higher education. Our students and faculty truly make MDC a great college to work for,’” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of MDC.

Rather than rank institutions on one list, the program recognizes colleges for best practices and policies in areas such as tenure clarity, collaborative governance, work/life balance, teaching environment, security, compensation and benefits. MDC was recognized in three categories: In the Work Environment category, it was recognized for ”Respect and Appreciation“; in the Institutional Policies category, MDC was lauded for ”Professional/Career Development“; and, echoing MDC’s commitment to cultural initiatives and global reach and awareness, the survey recognized MDC in the Diversity category.

Educational institutions were evaluated based on two online surveys. The ModernThink Institution Questionnaire (IQ) was completed by one or more management representatives at each institution. The other survey, the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey (Climate/Engagement assessment), was completed by a random sample of full-time and adjunct faculty members, administrators and professional support staff at each institution.

“With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” said Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle’s editor.

— NM

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