KENNESAW - Kennesaw State University has once again been recognized as one of the top universities in the country to work for.
The Chronicle of Higher Education's "2013 Great Colleges to Work For" cited KSU among the Top 97 institutions in three categories - collaborative governance, professional/career development programs and facilities/workspace/security.
KSU was the only Georgia university to earn a spot on the list.
The recognition is based on feedback from university employees and an institutional audit of workplace policies and practices.
"We are very proud to be recognized among an impressive group of institutions whose employees identified many positive attributes about their work environment," said KSU President Dan Papp. "Our faculty, staff and administrators are the foundation of our university, and they demonstrate their commitment to Kennesaw State each and every day. We are deeply appreciative of their work on behalf of our nearly 25,000 students."
This is the second time KSU has been recognized by the Chronicle. In the "2009 Great Colleges to Work For" survey, the university was cited among the top 10 schools for confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.
"What makes Kennesaw State such a great place to work is that we invest in our people," said Rodney Bossert, KSU's assistant vice president for human resources."We do that in so many ways with training initiatives from new employee orientation to professional development and retirement education. A university is only as good as its people, and I am pleased that we have some of the best and brightest in our midst."
Bossert noted that two of the categories for which Kennesaw earned recognition in this year's survey - collaborative governance and professional development - are aligned with the university's strategic planning goals.
"It's rewarding to gain national recognition for the investments and strides we are making in these areas," he said.
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process. A survey was administered to faculty, administrators and professional/support staff. An institutional audit 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.
This year's survey encompassed responses from almost 45,000 people at 300 institutions.