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SHSU Picks Up 'Great Workplace' Designation For Sixth Time

July 22, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

logo The Chronicle 2015 Great College to Work For

Not only is Sam Houston State University a “great name in education,” but also for the sixth consecutive year it has been named one of the best universities in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

The results, released in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.

In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved “2015 Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies.  Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with SHSU included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.

SHSU won honors in the categories of professional/career-development programs and work/life balance.

“Sam Houston State University is more than a place to work,” said SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt. “It’s a culture where employees build day-to-day relationships with each other and with our students, and they have pride in what they do.

“I often hear wonderful things about our faculty and staff, not only regarding their work on campus, but also their service in the community,” she said. “I am so proud to be a part of an organization where employees work hard to achieve the common goal of educating our students and are dedicated to making Sam Houston State University a great place to work and learn.” 

SHSU has several ongoing programs—such as the Professional and Academic Center for Excellence, The Learning Academies, and the President’s Employee Scholarship Program—that provide employees with opportunities and incentives to learn, develop and grow, both in establishing new job-specific skills and other skills that serve them well as individuals, managers and leaders. 

The university also provides several policies that give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the nation’s most recognized source of news about colleges and universities. 

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences—while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences—and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

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

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 at

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