GREENVILLE, SC – July 8, 2009 – Furman University has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a great place to work based on the publication’s annual survey of academic institutions.
The publication placed Furman on an Honor Roll of the top ten colleges based on enrollment size. Furman was recognized in the small, four-year institution category (2,999 or fewer students) with employees at the private liberal arts university praising Furman’s commitment to climate-change initiatives and opportunities afforded them to advance their careers.
Each year The Chronicle invites schools to participate in the “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. This year 247 four-year and two-year institutions participated.
Randomly selected administrators and members of the faculty and professional support staff are surveyed, and an audit of demographics and policies and practices at each school is conducted. The Chronicle emphasizes that the primary factor in deciding whether a school is recognized is employee feedback collected from faculty and staff members.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, based in Washington, D.C., is a top source for news, information and job listings for academia. The print edition has a total readership of 350,000, while the publication’s website traffic includes more than 12 million page views a month with roughly a million unique visitors.
The July 10, 2009 issue of The Chronicle features an article on the free professional development courses offered to Furman employees. Furman professors teach roughly 20 courses each year in areas such as leadership and management, customer service and human resources, and Furman also provides up to $500 annually for employees to take job-related courses at any college, The Chronicle reports.
Overall among the institutions surveyed, 90 percent of the men and 91 percent of the women reported satisfaction with their jobs on the whole despite tough economic times. That marked a slight increase for both men and women compared to the 2008 survey.
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