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Date: Jul 10, 2009
Hofstra University Recognized Seven Times in the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 Great Colleges to Work For SurveyHofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University is among a select group of one hundred and fifty colleges recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® program, according to the results of the second annual survey announced in a special supplement of The Chronicle on Monday (http://chronicle.com/indepth/academicworkplace.)
Hofstra University was noted for best practices in seven of the 26 categories: collaborative governance; teaching environment; Supervisor-department chair relationship; vacation or paid time off; internal communications; perception of and confidence in fair treatment and tenure clarity & process.
"It is gratifying to be recognized for our employment practices, especially in regards to our outstanding faculty and their commitment to teaching. This confirms what we all know already to be true about working at Hofstra University," said University President Stuart Rabinowitz. "We are a collaborative and congenial community dedicated first to the education of our students and committed to shared responsibility for university governance."
The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For® program recognizes small groups of colleges (based on enrollment size) for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits, faculty administration relations, and confidence in senior leadership. There are 26 recognition categories for four-year institutions, and 15 categories for community colleges. Among four-year colleges, 122 institutions were recognized in at least one category. Among two-year institutions, 28 were recognized in at least one category.
To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle turned to 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 (the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©) 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.
About The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is a 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 at http://www.chronicle.com .
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.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from about 150 undergraduate and more than 160 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business; engineering; communication; education, health and human services; and honors studies, as well as a School of Law. With a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, our professors teach small classes averaging 22 students that emphasize interaction, critical thinking and analysis. Hofstra offers a faculty whose highest priority is teaching excellence. The University also provides excellent facilities with state-of-the-art technology, extensive library resources and internship programs that match students’ interests and abilities with appropriate companies and organizations. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future.
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