Notre Dame achieves "great workplace" distinction

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Great Colleges to Work For

The University of Notre Dame has again earned Honor Roll distinctions in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For program.

The Great Colleges program evaluates universities on the basis of a dozen criteria such as teaching environment, facilities, compensation and benefits, and the faculty and staffs’ sense of respect and appreciation. The program is three years old; Notre Dame has participated in the past two years, earning Honor Roll distinctions both years.

The primary factor for awarding the Great Colleges designation is employee feedback on a survey about the workplace environment administered by the Great Colleges program partner, ModernThink L.L.C.

Notre Dame faculty and staff express generally high job satisfaction, as well as their appreciation of the teaching environment, of facilities and security, and compensation and benefits. New this year, the University scored high on Confidence in Senior Leadership and respect and appreciation. In both years, satisfaction with supervisor or department leadership also was high.

“Every day at Notre Dame we experience the power of thousands of faculty and staff who perform at their best, out of dedication to the University,” said Robert McQuade, associate vice president for human resources. “Particularly during a period when all workplaces have felt the impact of a difficult economy, we are gratified that our faculty and staff hold leadership in high regard, and that they believe their individual contributions are appreciated.”

This year, 277 institutions participated in the voluntary assessment, including 223 four-year institutions. Notre Dame was one of 39 four- and two-year institutions that achieved Honor Roll status, the highest recognition the program awards.

The Chronicle is higher education’s most recognized news resource. The Chronicle staff initiated the Great Colleges to Work For program three years ago to focus attention on innovation in workplace practices.