MGCCC recognized as a 2012 Great College To Work ForMississippi Gulf Coast Community College has again been named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released Aug. 10 in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities in the United States.
Gulf Coast won honors in three categories this year: job satisfaction and support, work-life balance and confidence in senior leadership. Specific areas of recognition by employees included compensation and benefits, job satisfaction, respect and appreciation, and relationship with supervisor or department chair. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Gulf Coast included among the large universities and colleges with 10,000 or more students.
Only 24 two-year institutions were recognized this year, and Gulf Coast is the only community college in Mississippi chosen. This is the second year Gulf Coast has made the list; the first was in 2010.
“Gulf Coast is committed to excellence, and this award is just another affirmation that we are doing the right things to ensure success for our employees and students,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, president.
The survey, conducted by ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm, is based on a two-part assessment process: an audit that captured the demographics and workplace policies from each institution and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor used to decide which institutions were recognized. Only two institutions in Mississippi were chosen.
“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.”
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 results, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.