UD recognized as great college to work for
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4:52 p.m., July 6, 2009----The University of Delaware is cited in 10 categories of The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 Great Colleges to Work For program, based on the results of the publication's second annual survey announced in a special supplement of The Chronicle released July 6.

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In all, 150 colleges were recognized for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits, faculty administration relations and confidence in senior leadership.

The University of Delaware was cited in the following categories: Overall Satisfaction with Benefits, Health Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Housing Assistance Program, 403b or 401K, Vacation or Paid Time Off, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, Post-Retirement Benefits and Tenure Clarity and Process.

"I am pleased to see the University receive this recognition," UD President Patrick Harker said. "As we move this University forward on its Path to ProminenceTM, we depend on the commitment and excellence of our faculty and staff. Key to that is providing a nurturing working environment."

"The University of Delaware truly is a great place to work," J.J. Davis, vice president for administration, said. "We are committed to recruiting the best people to our campus and then working to ensure that our policies, programs and benefits give them compelling reasons to stay."

In The Chronicle survey, 122 four-year institutions were recognized in at least one of 26 different categories; 28 two-year institutions were recognized in at least one of 15 categories.

Some 247 four- and two-year institutions participated in the survey process in the spring. Results are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members and staff members at those institutions.

“Through this program, The Chronicle is able to provide more information to job seekers about the colleges that are the leading innovators when it comes to providing a rewarding work environment, " said Jeffrey J. Selingo, Chronicle editor.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional_support staff and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from the faculty and staff.

To learn more about the 2010 Great Colleges Program, visit the program Web site.

About The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 60 full-time writers and editors, as well as a dozen foreign correspondents positioned around the world. Published since 1966, The Chronicle publishes a daily Web site, a weekly newspaper, a weekly magazine of ideas, and produces newsletters and events. A nine-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, the newspaper has a weekly print readership of 350,000 and Web traffic of more than 14 million pages a month.

About ModernThink LLC

As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions.

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