Notre Dame earns Chronicle of Higher Ed’s ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ honor for seventh year

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Dome and clouds. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame.

For the seventh year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has selected the University of Notre Dame to the honor roll of its “Great Colleges to Work For” list.

The results, released Monday (July 16) in the Chronicle’s annual report on the Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 53,000 people at 253 colleges and universities. The primary factor in determining whether an institution received recognition as a “Great College to Work For” was employee feedback.

Notre Dame ranked highly in nine survey categories:

  • Compensation and benefits
  • Confidence in senior leadership
  • Facilities, workspace and security
  • Job satisfaction
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor/department chair relationship
  • Teaching environment (for faculty)
  • Tenure clarity and process (for faculty)
  • Work/life balance

“We are honored to be recognized for our workplace culture and the achievements of our faculty, staff and administrators,” said Vice President for Human Resources Bob McQuade. “We are proud of their diverse talents and contributions that make our University a place that values leadership in excellence, teamwork and integrity as we accomplish our mission.”

The honor roll recognition denotes the “best of the best” among the colleges whose employees participated in the survey. The Chronicle of Higher Ed recognized four-year colleges with honor roll status when they were among the top 10 institutions in each size grouping that were cited most often across all recognition categories. The University of Notre Dame is included in the large institution group with enrollment of 10,000 or more.

Created in 2008, the Great Colleges program annually recognizes colleges and universities for specific best practices and policies. All accredited institutions in the U.S. with enrollment of at least 500 were invited to participate in the survey. Each participating institution submitted to a two-part assessment process: a survey taken by faculty, administrators and support staff, and an institutional audit to capture demographics, policies and practices.