You spoke, and The Chronicle of Higher Education listened.
For the third consecutive year, Western University of Health Sciences has been named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle, which started the Great Colleges program seven years ago as a way of determining and celebrating best practices in higher education as they relate to how employees are treated. To create its Great Colleges list, The Chronicle uses survey data collected by institutions from their own employees. You might recall answering some emailed questions on this topic several months ago.
Those answers, along with other data compiled by the Human Resources Department, did more than land WesternU on the Great Colleges list again. Our high ranking in six different areas – Collaborative Governance, Compensation and Benefits, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Job Satisfaction, Professional Development Programs, and Respect and Appreciation – put our institution onto the Chronicle’s Great Colleges Honor Roll, a status shared by only a select cross-section of institutions.
WesternU was one of 92 colleges and universities deemed a Great College to Work For, drawing from 278 participating institutions in 2014, including 196 four-year institutions and 82 two-year institutions. But we are one of just 42 institutions on the Honor Roll, which is reserved for schools that are recognized the most in their size categories.
I hope that you celebrate and appreciate this recognition as much as I do. Few things make a more profound comment on the health of an organization than the satisfaction level of its employees. I believe the positive ratings our own staff give this institution reflect the commitment we all have made to treat one another humanistically, with compassion, and with grace. It’s everything from the easily quantifiable benefits – salaries, benefits, professional development programs – to less by-the-numbers things, like how we speak to one another, our ability to manage change, or how willing we are simply to pitch in when the other fellow needs a hand.
I am proud each and every day to be a member of the WesternU team. On the day after Labor Day, we will celebrate our institution’s 37th birthday and kick off its 38th year of existence. While the Great College honor is just that – a tremendous honor – what holds even deeper meaning for me is that the entire enterprise we call WesternU has been made possible by all of you, through the way you feel about the work we are doing here.
You all long ago made the Honor Roll, in my book.
As always, I welcome your feedback on this topic and any others as we discuss WesternU’s Benchmarks of Value, and our plans. Please e-mail me with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to share this message with your family and friends.
My best to you all,