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Where’s a Great Place to Work? Three Local Colleges!

For the second consecutive year, the University at Buffalo and Canisius College were both honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education as part of its “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. Buffalo State College was also honored this year for the first time. The survey recognizes schools for the quality of its workplace based on survey responses from administrators, faculty and staff members.

This year more than 300 colleges and universities participated in the study, which is almost triple the response from last year, the first year the study was conducted. As such, more than 41,000 college employees were surveyed to generate this year’s results. 
UB was recognized in the “Enrollment 10,000+” category, along with other institutions like Cornell University, Duke University and Syracuse University. Buffalo State was also recognized in that category. Canisius was included in the “Enrollment 3,000 to 9,999” category. Other schools in that same category include Nazareth College, SUNY Cortland and Niagara University. Go here for the complete list of recognized schools. 
UB particularly received kudos for its compensation and benefits, tenure clarity process, career development programs, housing assistance programs, and health insurance. UB President John B. Simpson said the school’s inclusion shows the success of the UB 2020 program’s efforts to improve the workplace. “The ranking is a testament to the culture of excellence we are creating at UB in all that we do, from research and scholarship, to teaching and student programming, to providing our faculty and staff with a great environment in which to work,” he said.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news and information about colleges throughout the United States. To participate in this study, the schools underwent a free, two-part assessment process. First, a survey was given to 400 to 600 administrators, faculty members or professional staff members. An institutional audit also collected policies, practices and demographics of the institution, but the survey responses were more heavily weighted.
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