Murray State University recognized nationally as a great place to work
2009 Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges to Work For® program
MURRAY, Ky. – Murray State University (MSU) is one of 150 colleges recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® program, according to results of the second annual survey announced in a special supplement to the July 10 issue of The Chronicle.
Murray State, recognized in nine categories, outpaced the only other public university in Kentucky to be rated — Eastern Kentucky University with two mentions.
Rated in the “large” university section (10,000 or more students) for specific best practices and policies, Murray State was chosen alongside high-profile universities such as Duke, Marquette, Emory, Cornell, St. Louis University and Baylor.
“This recognition speaks volumes about the kind of culture for work and learning we are trying to create,” says Dr. Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University. “We have made a conscious effort to establish an environment where not only our students prosper, but where our faculty and staff can continue to develop and grow. The specific best practices we are being honored for underscore a part of what makes many of our other national rankings possible, because it supports faculty and staff buy-in around the goals of the university.”
The survey results include 26 categories for four-year institutions, and 15 categories for community colleges.
More than 300 four- and two-year colleges signed up for the 2009 program, with 247 going through the entire survey process in the spring. Murray was one of 122 four-year institutions recognized from that group.
Murray State University was recognized for being outstanding in the following categories:
• Collaborative Governance
• Healthy Faculty-Administration Relations
• Internal Communications
• Perception of and Confidence in Fair Treatment
• Policies, Resources and Efficiency
• Professional/Career Development Programs
• Supervisor-Department Chair Relationship
• Teaching Environment
• Tenure Clarity and Process
“Despite the down economy, colleges are still hiring,” says Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “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.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education is considered to be the number one source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle publishes a daily website, a weekly newspaper, a weekly magazine of ideas, and produces newsletters and events. The newspaper has a weekly print readership of 350,000 and web traffic of more than 14 million pages per month at http://chronicle.com.
ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm, conducted the survey of hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback collected from the faculty and staff.