Zane State College Recognized with Prestigious
“Great Colleges to Work For”
Zane State College has been selected as one of the “2011 Great Colleges to Work For” byThe Chronicle of Higher Education. Announced by The Chronicle this week, the prestigious ranking was based on responses from nearly 44,000 employees at 310 two-year and four-year colleges around the nation.
“Zane State College has received several notable recognitions in recent years, including our ranking by Washington Monthlymagazine as a top ten two-year college a few years ago,” said Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College. “This ranking is particularly special because it is based on feedback from employees who are the heart of this institution. A satisfying work environment with great employees translates to a positive learning experience for students.”
First-year student Skyler Booth feels she benefits from the positive environment created by satisfied employees. “Zane State College’s instructors and staff make this place feel like a second home to me,” said Booth. “They are willing to go the extra mile so students can be successful.”
For the ranking, The Chronicle placed colleges in one of three size groups—small, medium, or large—based on enrollment. Zane State College was recognized in the small category (fewer than 3,000 students) for two-year colleges and was the only such college recognized in the state.
The assessment process had two components: a questionnaire about institutional characteristics and a faculty/staff questionnaire about individuals' evaluations of their institutions. Based on feedback, Zane State College received recognition in three separate categories, including overall job satisfaction, professional/career development programs, and compensation and benefits.
“The most important factor that makes Zane State College one of the best two-year colleges in the country is our people,” said Dr. Brown. “Whether we are administrators, faculty, staff, or board members, we recognize our responsibilities to our students and to southeast Ohio and we each work together to fulfill our mission.”
“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. Complete survey results can be found on The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace or in The Academic Workplace special pullout report in The Chronicle’s July 29 issue.