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Survey: KU is a 'great college to work for'

KU is among a select few universities cited in a new national survey of "great colleges to work for."

Recognition of high-quality teaching and a strong sense of loyalty and personal connection are part of what makes KU a great place to work, according to the study by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

KU is recognized as a top five university among large institutions in 12 out of 27 categories in the report, "2008 Great Colleges to Work For." The survey appears in the July 14 edition and features KU professor Helen Alexander on the cover.

"This recognition confirms what we know -- KU is a great place to be," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway, "And it is a tribute to our community of students, faculty and staff who create and support the KU environment."

Only three other universities -- Stanford, Emory and Michigan -- were cited in the top five more times than KU.

The results are based on responses from more than 15,000 administrators, faculty members and staff members at 89 colleges and universities, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Questionnaires were administered online in March and April.

KU ranks in the top five among large universities in the following categories:

n Healthy faculty-administration relations: Senior leadership communicates with and respects faculty members

  • Collaborative governance: Faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs
  • Teaching environment: Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching
  • Facilities and security: Appearance of campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment
  • Work-life balance: Policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives
  • Internal communications: Ideas are fully considered and issues debated for better results
  • Connection to institution and pride: Employees have a strong sense of loyalty to the institution
  • Supervisor of department chair relationship: Supervisor makes expectations clear and solicits ideas
  • Perception and confidence in fair treatment: Confidence in fair treatment, particularly regarding compensation and performance
  • Respect and appreciation: Employees are regularly recognized for contributions
  • Policies, resources and efficiency: Institution is well run and prepares employees to be effective
  • Engagement index: The emotional connection employees have to an organization.

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