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A ‘Great College to Work For’

Larry Stimpert

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program, as cited in an H-SC press release.

Officials in the release noted that The Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its 12th year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies.

“The faculty and staff of Hampden-Sydney make this college an incredible place to live and work, and their commitment to our students is what makes our educational experience so transformative and valuable,” Hampden-Sydney President Dr. Larry Stimpert said in the release. “Our young men receive an unmatched level of guidance and mentorship from our faculty and staff, and the enduring excellence of our academic program is a testament to the ownership and pride the faculty take in their work. Every single employee at Hampden-Sydney is an educator, and I am grateful to work alongside such exceptional colleagues as together we advance our mission of forming good men and good citizens.”

H-SC won honors in the leadership and careers classifications, the release stated. In the leadership area, the college was recognized for excellence in collaborative governance, which recognizes that faculty are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs. And in the careers category, Hampden-Sydney was recognized for tenure clarity and process.

The results were recently released in a special insert in the Chronicle, the release highlighted. The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

The release concluded by providing more insights into the Great Colleges to Work For survey results via a quote from Rich Boyer, senior consultant at ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm that administered the survey and analyzed the results.

“An institution’s ‘human capital’ is its most important asset and often its largest expense,” he said in the release. “It only makes sense to protect that investment. More than simply protecting that asset, the colleges and universities recognized in this year’s Great Colleges to Work For program demonstrate their commitment to the day-to-day experience of their faculty and staff and the overall health of their institution’s culture.”