UD named a '2010 Great College to Work For'


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9:08 a.m., July 26, 2010----The University of Delaware is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey released July 26 by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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For the second year in a row, UD was cited for its “Compensation and Benefits” in The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For program. This year's results are based on a survey of more than 42,000 employees at 277 colleges and universities. Of the institutions surveyed, only 97 achieved the designation as a Great College to Work For, in recognition of specific best practices and policies.

“This designation affirms what we already knew: The University of Delaware is truly a great place to work,” UD President Patrick Harker said. “We are committed to our employees -- recruiting the best people to our campuses and then working to ensure that our programs, benefits and policies give them compelling reasons to stay. We strive to be first in what matters most to our employees.”

Survey results were based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition.

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.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle's website.

“With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on -- unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle's editor, said.

About The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a top resource 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 correspondents around the world. Established in 1966, The Chronicle publishes a daily website (both a U.S. and a global edition), a weekly newspaper and a weekly magazine of ideas, as well as 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. 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.

About the University of Delaware

With nearly 3,900 faculty and staff, the University of Delaware is one of the state's largest employers. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through its seven colleges. A Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution, UD is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with a very high research activity -- a designation accorded to less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.