UW News

September 16, 2019

UW is a ‘Great College to Work For’

UW News

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An aerial view of the UW quad.Alex Alspaugh/University of Washington

The University of Washington has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for the sixth consecutive year, according to a new survey from The Great Colleges to Work For program.

The 2019 “Great Colleges to Work For” program recognizes small groups of colleges for best practices and policies based on a survey of faculty and staff. The survey is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education.

The UW was specifically recognized in four categories: job satisfaction; work/life balance; tenure clarity and process; and teaching environment.

“At the University of Washington, we thrive on collaboration and a shared mission to educate, discover and serve the public. We strive to work together as a community to create a supportive environment in which faculty and staff can achieve their potential and provide a world-class education to our students,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce.

Only 85 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with the UW included among the large universities. The results, released Sept. 16 in a special insert in The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities.

UW faculty and staff were randomly surveyed and asked to evaluate the university in a variety of categories, including job satisfaction, professional development, compensation, leadership, respect, appreciation and policies.

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 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 Great Colleges Program website at www.greatcollegesprogram.com. ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.