Posted Jul 24, 2011 | Atlanta, GA
For the third consecutive year, the Georgia Institute of
Technology has been recognized on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011
“Great Colleges To Work For” Honor Roll. Tech was the only four-year public
institution in Georgia to receive the recognition.
“At Georgia Tech, we recognize that all accomplishments come
through people,” said Scott Morris, associate vice president of Human
Resources. “We are so pleased to be recognized for our efforts to support and
develop an outstanding workforce.”
Georgia Tech was recognized in four out of twelve
categories: confidence in senior leadership; job satisfaction; facilities,
workspace and security; and work/life balance.
The results, released in The Chronicle’s fourth annual
report on the academic workplace, are based on a survey of approximately 44,000
people at 310 institutions, including 245 four-year colleges. Honor Roll
recognition for four-year colleges was given to the 10 institutions in each
size division that were cited most often across all of the recognition
For example, relating to the facilities, workspaces and
security category, during the past 15 years, Georgia Tech has constructed and
renovated many campus facilities that serve as a vital backdrop for providing
an innovative live, learn and work environment, including a significant
investment in the human and ecological landscape.
The campus has also increased its focus on sustainability, establishing
building standards for environmental stewardship, sustainable design and energy
management and requiring that all building and renovation projects be designed
and built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards.
“We are absolutely honored to have been selected for this
recognition, but we are not content to rest on our laurels,” said Morris. “Our
goal is to be recognized in each of the twelve dimensions outlined in the
Two other Georgia colleges were included on the 2011 Honor
Roll. Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga., was recognized in the small, four-year
category, while East Georgia College in Swainsboro, Ga., was recognized in the
small, two-year category.
According to The Chronicle, the assessment process had two
components: a questionnaire about institutional characteristics and a
faculty/staff questionnaire about individuals' evaluations of their
institutions. The assessment also included an analysis of demographic data and
workplace policies at each participating college or university. The
questionnaires were administered online in March and April of this year.
Survey respondents were asked to respond to 60 statements
using a five-point scale, ranging from "strongly agree" to
"strongly disagree." They were also asked to rate their satisfaction
with 18 benefits, respond to two open-ended questions, and answer 15
“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most
respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. The Chronicle worked
with ModernThink LLC, a human-resources-consulting firm that has conducted
numerous “Best Places to Work” programs involving more than 4,000