Kennesaw State named a 2014 “Great College to Work For”
One of only two universities and only public institution in Georgia recognized
(Jul 21, 2014) —
KENNESAW, Ga. (July 21, 2014) ¾ For the third year in a row, The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Kennesaw State University as a “Great College to Work For,” giving
it top honors in two categories: facilities, workspace and security;and work/life
Of the 92 institutions recognized in this year’s survey, Kennesaw State was one of
only two Georgia universities recognized in the survey, and the only public institution
in the state to make the cut. According to The Chronicle, the Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered
to faculty, administrators, and professional support 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 a “Great College to
Work For” recognition was the employee feedback.
“We are extremely honored to once again earn this recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education in its ‘2014 Great Colleges to Work For®’ survey,”said Kennesaw State President Daniel
S. Papp. “Our faculty, staff and administrators are the backbone of this institution
and the driving force behind our rising national reputation. It is their hard work
and dedication that provides our nearly 25,000 students access to a transformational
This is the second year Kennesaw State employees have said campus facilities meet
their needs, while also agreeing the appearance of the campus is pleasing. The university
also received kudos for creating policies that provide employees the flexibility to
manage their lives on the job and at home. Employees agreed with statements such as,
“My supervisor/department chair supports my efforts to balance my work and personal
“Kennesaw State’s working and learning environment supports employees’ day-to-day
efforts,” said Rodney Bossert, the university’s assistant vice president for human
resources. “We strive to make our processes for professional development, communications,
and access to institutional services and resources as open and user friendly as possible.
As a result of these investments, the institution reaps an enormous dividend: a highly
motivated, well-informed, and well-equipped faculty and staff, who work well together
and share the institution’s goal of ensuring our students receive a world-class education.”
Kennesaw State offers a generous employee benefits package, including paid sick days,
vacation leave, an employee assistance program and a free online work-life resource
guide that provides comprehensive locator services to help employees find summer camp
options, child care, elder care and adoption, among many other work-life issues.
Also recognized in the facilities/workspace/security category, Kennesaw State’s campus
offers several new or updated office buildings, classrooms and other facilities. Among
its newest buildings, two have attained LEED Gold certification for state-of-the-art,
environmentally friendly construction. A nationally recognized emergency system enables
succinct communication between all of the support departments traditionally charged
with security/safety and the campus community.
The Department of Strategic Security & Safety uses a “layered approach” to emergency
communications for Kennesaw State. The first layer of the Kennesaw State Preparedness
and Response System (KSPARS) uses a siren with voice-over operation for “sheltering
in” emergencies, such as tornado warnings, active shooter situations and hazardous
material spills – on and nearby campus. Other layers include: cell phone (voice messaging
and SMS Texting) and email notifications of emergency situations; utilization of a
“PopUp” screen on individual and classroom computers, both PCs and Macs, that will
flash a message with specific instructions on what to do in a critical-incident scenario;
and integration of existing digital signage on- and off-campus to enable specific
notifications on evacuations, lockdowns and “stay away” directives.
This year’s survey encompassed responses from nearly 44,000 people at 278 institutions.
All accredited institutions in the United States are invited to participate, and participation
Full results of The Chronicle’s annual survey can be viewed online at:
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more
than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business
and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the
University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution
with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.