Miami Dade College Gets Fifth “Great Colleges to Work For” Nod
College also again makes honor roll for recognition in multiple categories
Miami, July 22, 2013 -
For the fifth consecutive year, Miami Dade College (MDC) has been named among the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a major higher education publication. In addition, MDC again made the honor roll for recognition in multiple categories. The college is the only higher education institution in South Florida named to the list, which has been published online at The Chronicle’s website.
“Our devoted faculty and staff are the ones who make MDC a great college to work for,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “They are the backbone of our institution, and the ones who make the College a special place for all our students.”
MDC was recognized in nine categories: Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Compensation & Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship, Respect and Appreciation, and Diversity.
Nearly 45,000 college employees and 300 institutions nationwide participated in the application process. The program recognizes select groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies, such as tenure clarity, collaborative governance, work/life balance, teaching environment, security, compensation and benefits, and others.
A major part of the process consisted of a survey completed by a random sample of full-time and adjunct faculty members, administrators, and professional support staff at each institution. In fact, the primary factor in deciding whether an institution was selected was the employee feedback.
The Chronicle’s 2013 Great College’s to Work For program recognizes colleges (based on enrollment size) for specific practices and policies. Now in its fifth year, it has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country, serving as higher education’s version of the popular Fortune magazine survey.
The program also is designed to help colleges improve as workplaces through the individual reports they receive. There was no cost to participate and the program was open to all non-profit higher education institutions.
“In light of increasing public concern about the cost of higher education, The Chronicle is focused more than ever on providing the necessary information that helps our readers make informed choices,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor. “What we find year after year in the Great Colleges survey, is that many educators and administrators are also thinking more critically about how to improve the cost-effectiveness and workplace efficiency of their institutions. The Great Colleges program is our way of highlighting their efforts.”
MDC joins Duke University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and other prestigious institutions on list of colleges recognized.
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