Westminster Selected as one of 2009’s “Great Colleges to Work For”
Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes Westminster for work environment & pay/benefits
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July 6, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY – The Chronicle of Higher Education announced today that Westminster College has been selected as one of 150 top colleges to work for in 2009. The “Great Colleges to Work For” program recognizes institutions for best practices and policies in 26 categories for four-year colleges and in 15 categories for community colleges. Within those categories, colleges are classified based on enrollment.
More than 300 four- and two-year colleges signed up for this year’s program, and 247 went through the entire survey process, nearly triple last year’s number of participants. The results are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty and staff members at those institutions.
This year Westminster employees ranked the college high enough to be recognized in nine categories, including facilities and security, overall satisfaction of benefits, compensation and benefits, health insurance, tuition reimbursement, 403b or 401k, disability insurance, life insurance and post-retirement benefits.
“Winning these types of awards gives us the opportunity to highlight some of our great programs and benefits to the entire higher education community,” said Darin Jones, director of Westminster’s human resources. “After working at Westminster for more than five years, I truly believe that this is a great place to work.”
Additionally, Westminster President Michael Bassis noted, “In addition to attracting talented students, a great college needs to have a faculty and staff eager to help them learn. When we invest in our people, we are really ensuring that our students will be able to work with some of the most talented and motivated educators in the country.”
To participate in the Great Colleges to Work For program, institutions agreed to go through a free, two-part assessment process: a survey administered to a randomly selected group of 400 to 600 administrators and members of the faculty and professional-support staff, and an institutional audit collected demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from faculty and staff members.
For a complete list of honorees, visit http://www.chronicle.com/.
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.