Crowder College has been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Great Colleges to Work For list.


Crowder College has been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Great Colleges to Work For list.

 “It is very gratifying to be recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education because it is generally considered to be higher education’s global voice,” said Dr. Alan Marble, Crowder president. “And, it is terribly humbling to realize that this recognition came about as a result of a college-wide survey of faculty and staff.

The Chronicle survey results ranked Crowder College high in four areas including: governance, teaching environment, confidence in leadership, and strong supervisor relationships. The report praised Crowder for including staff in academic and administrative decisions.

“I think this speaks volumes about the wonderful people who work here, our dedication to servant leadership, and the steady guidance of a very insightful board of trustees,” Marble said.

Nearly 44,000 employees from 310 two and four year institutions participated in the Chronicle’s survey process. Crowder was one of only 26 community colleges nationwide to be recognized.

The recognition process began with a 60-question survey and demographic worksheet distributed to all Crowder employees earlier this year online. Those responses were tabulated, along with those from other institutions, and classified into 12 categories: collaborative governance; confidence in senior leadership; supervisor or department-chair relationships; professional/career development programs; teaching environment; tenure clarity and process; compensation and benefits; job satisfaction; respect and appreciation; diversity; facilities, workspace and security; and work/life balance. The list recognizes the top four highest-scoring community colleges and the top 10 highest-scoring four-year institutions in each category.

Crowder was also honored earlier this year as a Top 120 Community College by the Aspen Institute.