Saint Leo University named a “2014 Great College to Work For®”

July 21, 2014

Saint Leo University has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for in a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released online July 21 in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 employees at 278 colleges and universities.

Less than a third of the 278 institutions evaluated achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Saint Leo University included among the large universities, those with 10,000 or more students.

Saint Leo University achieved honors in 10 categories this year:

  • Collaboration and Governance
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Facilities, Workspace, and Security
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Professional/Career Development Programs
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship
  • Teaching Environment
  • Tenure Clarity and Process

Because Saint Leo was rated highly across 10 of the 12 categories, it also was named a 2014 Honor Roll institution, a designation granted to only 42 of the colleges surveyed. This is the second consecutive year that Saint Leo has earned this distinction.

“We are gratified to again be selected as one of the best colleges in the nation in which to work,” said University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. “It is a recognition we do not take for granted. As we commemorate our 125th anniversary, we continue to strive to provide a welcoming and respectful university community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. We remain faithful to our mission and core values of excellence, respect, personal development, integrity, community, and responsible stewardship, which guide us as people and as an institution. The consistent practice of these values is reflected in this achievement.”

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

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, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

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 website at