It’s official: BRCC is a great place to work

Blue Ridge Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released earlier this week in The Chronicle’s third annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 42,000 employees at 277 colleges and universities.

In all, only 97 of the 277 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with BRCC included among the small two-year institutions.

BRCC won honors in 10 of 12 categories this year:
– Collaborative Governance
– Professional/Career-Development Programs
– Teaching Environment
– Compensation and Benefits
– Facilities, Workspaces, and Security
– Job Satisfaction and Support
– Work/Life Balance
– Confidence in Senior Leadership
– Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship
– Respect and Appreciation

As a result of achieving this designation in so many different areas, BRCC was also listed on the Chronicle’s “Honor Roll” as one of the top three two-year colleges in its size category.

“I am delighted that Blue Ridge has been recognized two years by the Great Colleges to Work For program. Our employees are happy at BRCC because we all recognize the importance of the work we do and the teamwork that is an essential aspect of getting the work done well,” commented BRCC President Dr. John Downey.

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities. “With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” said Jeffrey J. Selingo, 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 Web site at .

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at

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