July 18, 2016
Topic: Human Resources
The nation's colleges and universities are major employers, and the University of Michigan is among the best, according to the results of the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2016 Great Colleges to Work For survey, released Monday.
This is the ninth consecutive year the university has been recognized.
U-M received distinctions in the following areas:
• Job Satisfaction and Support — Provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy and resources.
• Compensation and Benefits — Pay is fair and benefits meet the needs of employees.
• Facilities, Workspace and Security — Facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment.
• Teaching Environment — Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.
• Tenure Clarity and Process — Requirements for tenure are clear, faculty members say.
The Chronicle uses ModernThink LLC, a human capital consulting firm, to conduct surveys of faculty and staff at participating institutions.
For the 2016 survey, 281 institutions took part, according to the Chronicle. Of the institutions that participated, 93 colleges and universities made the list.
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators and 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 faculty and staff feedback.