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22 Jul 2013

Lake Area Tech Once Again Designated a “Great College to Work For”

Author: Karen | Filed under: News Release

Distinction by The Chronicle of Higher Education Includes Special Honor Roll Status

Watertown, SD – For the fifth consecutive year, Lake Area Technical Institute is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to the latest survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released today in The Chronicle’s annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 44,688 employees at 300 colleges and universities across the country. In addition, Lake Area Tech once again earned the distinction of being a 2013 Honor Roll school, a result of its high rankings in the categories surveyed.

In all, 97 of the 300 institutions surveyed achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Of those, only 42 colleges, which include Lake Area Tech, achieved Honor Roll status. Lake Area Tech employees rated the institution highly enough to win Honor Roll honors in the following categories: Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Facilities, Workspace & Security, Confidence in Senior Leadership, and Respect and Appreciation.

“At Lake Area Tech, our employees, no matter what their job, are vital to student success,” said Lake Area Tech President Deb Shephard. “We strive to make the workplace collaborative and mission-driven. To have staff verify that Lake Area Tech is a ‘great place to work’ affirms our efforts.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.
“The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces. The ‘formula for success’ continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right. Great Colleges is more than a ‘marketing’ opportunity for colleges — it is an authentic example of accomplishment,” said Liz McMillen, editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.

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