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SHSU Student Services Recognized For Diversity In National Survey

Aug. 13, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

For the past six years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Sam Houston State University as a “Great College to Work For.”

Diverse 'Most Promising' LogoThis year, one of SHSU’s divisions also has stood out in another national survey for its workplace diversity, equitable staffing practices and supportive work environment.

The Aug. 13 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine has listed SHSU’s Student Services division as one of 14 "2015 Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Research Institutions."

"We place a tremendous amount of importance on creating an atmosphere in which our faculty and staff feel they can succeed,” said Vice President for Student Services Frank Parker. “Our employment culture, characterized by collaboration, inclusiveness, and professional development, helps foster an academically-rigorous, nurturing, and fulfilling learning environment for our students and contributes to Sam Houston State University being the best at educating the next generation of young professionals."

The web-based study, conducted by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University, explored such topics as family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities at American College Personnel Association-member institutions in classifying its “promising” student affairs divisions. 

Other universities listed included Texas A&M—Corpus Christi, the College of William and Mary, Florida State, Stony Brook, The Ohio State, and the universities of Alabama, Mississippi, Vermont and Miami, among others. 

“CHEE is excited about the release of results from the 2015 Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Research Institutions and we share our enthusiasm with our partners at ACPA and Diverse,” said CHEE director Terrell Strayhorn, who served as principal investigator for the study. “This study yields insight into diversity in the student affairs workplace and offers a useful tool for employers, career services staff, and job-seekers across the country. We hope it continues to serve as a tool for the profession.” 

SHSU has distinguished itself both as an employer and as a diverse university, ranking No. 7 in the nation for African-American graduation rates and historically maintaining 50 percent of the student population as “first-generation” attendees. 

The university also has been recognized as one of the “Best Colleges for the Money” by College Factual, a “2014 Military Friendly School” and one of the top 25 universities to provide “Incredible Veteran Support,” and has been listed among U.S. News & World Report’s top 25 percent of all universities for “Best Online Bachelor Degree Programs.”

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