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December 22, 2014

U-M featured on Chronicle’s list of Great Colleges to Work For

July 21, 2014

U-M featured on Chronicle’s list of Great Colleges to Work For

U-M continues to be one of the best university workplaces in the U.S., according to the results of the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2014 Great Colleges to Work For survey.

Released Monday, the list marks the seventh consecutive year the university has been recognized.

U-M won honors in the following areas:

• Compensation and Benefits — Pay is fair and benefits meet the needs of employees.

• 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 2014 survey, 278 institutions took part, and more than 43,000 administrators, faculty members and professional support staff members took the survey, according to the Chronicle. Of the institutions that participated, 92 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 employee feedback.

Comments

Anonymous coward
on 7/23/14 at 9:25 am

I'm sure it's great for the folks who are making huge bonuses at the top: http://michiganexposed.info/

For the rest of us getting 2% raises and more work as people are moved into AST or ITRationalization, not so much

Sassha Smith
on 8/27/14 at 5:23 pm

I agree...and even though they changed/reduced our benefits, it was because our benefits were so good compared to similar universities. Health care was one. Will your 2% raise cover the continuing rising insurance premium? Though stated the UM's upper management didn't take raises one year, check the salary database to see the raise increase. Yes, I'll skip a raise one year for a 10% and higher raise. No problem.

They made it easier for faculty and staff to get disability benefits and raised the limit from 65% of $30,000 max to $55,000 as an enticement. No waiting period to enroll. They also know retention rate of faculty, research employees is 5-7 years, hence the focus on retention. Chances are they won't use this awesome benefit, hence a no-brainer for the U.

Go Blue.

Remaining Anonymous
on 7/23/14 at 7:49 pm

Exactly. The survey was taken before the great AST scandal. What if the survey have been taken afterward? The results would've been very different. I'm completely disillusioned with this institution, and I'm a full tenured professor.

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