WSU on Honor Roll for ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

OGDEN, Utah – According to a survey commissioned by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Weber State University is one of 42 institutions nationwide that made the “2021 Great Colleges to Work For” Honor Roll.

The results, released this week in The Chronicle’s 14th annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on an employee survey conducted in March at 196 colleges and universities nationwide.

In all, only 70 of the 196 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. The 42 universities of any size, including Weber State, that received the additional Honor Roll distinction had high employee marks in multiple categories. 

This is Weber State’s fourth time participating and second time making the Honor Roll. Based on responses from faculty and staff, the university was recognized in all 10 categories — the first time WSU has achieved this distinction. Only 14 of the 196 institutions surveyed received high marks in all 10 categories.

Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions with Weber State included among large universities of 10,000 or more students. Survey results are divided into 10 categories: Job Satisfaction & Support, Compensation & Benefits, Professional Development, Mission & Pride, Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Faculty & Staff Well-being, Shared Governance, Faculty Experience and Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.

“With a new vision and enhanced mission, Weber State rolled out its new strategic plan ﹘Amplified ﹘ this fall, highlighting our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, collective excellence and much more, such as the trademark personal connections formed between students, faculty, and staff that enrich the entire learning experience,” said WSU President Brad Mortensen. “The designation as a Great College to Work For affirms our commitment and reinvigorates our efforts to be the university of choice for all current and future employees.”

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle used ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to a random sample of faculty, administrators and salaried staff (the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey) and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a Great College to Work For recognition was the employee feedback.

“We like to participate because it’s a good way to keep a pulse on how we are doing from the perspective of those who work at Weber State,” said Jessica Oyler, WSU Human Resources assistant vice president. “It shows us areas of improvement, and is a nice kudo when we do well. I hope it allows our campus community an opportunity to pat themselves on the back for all the work they do to make Weber State great.”

To view the full list of colleges recognized, visit greatcollegesprogram.com/list

For photos, visit this link.

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Contact:

Jessica Oyler, Human Resources assistant vice president
801-626-7496 • joyler@weber.edu

Author:

Shaylee Stevens, Office of Marketing & Communications
801-626-7948 • shayleestevens@weber.edu