Brenau Gains Highest Status in National ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Survey

Jul 27, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Brenau University joined an elite group of national universities this week when it gained “Honor Roll” status in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 “Great Colleges to Work For” rankings.

Brenau was recognized with highest distinction in six of the 11 surveyed categories resulting in its “Honor Roll” status. Brenau and Georgia Tech were the only Georgia institutions among these top 30 universities and four-year colleges from around the country to receive such recognition.

In the category for smaller colleges and universities Brenau’s peers on the Honor Roll included Furman University, Greenville, S.C.; Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas; Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa.; Manchester College, Manchester, Ind.; Endicott College, Beverly, Mass; and McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.

In addition to Georgia Tech, larger institutions to receive honor roll status included Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla.; Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.; and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Brenau ranks in the top 10 among small colleges in surveyed areas of collaborative governance; professional and career development programs; teaching environment; confidence in senior leadership; relationships with supervisors and faculty chairs; and respect and appreciation for employees.”This exciting recognition by The Chronicle of Higher Education is a direct result of the understanding throughout Brenau’s community of professionals that we are all, individually and collectively, vitally important to carrying out the university’s mission,” said Ed Schrader, the president of Brenau University. “The university values and appreciates the commitment and collegial input from all of its employees.

“Brenau contributes on so many levels to the quality of life and economic health of our local community, southeastern region, and higher education in general; and, it truly is a collaborative effort. Brenau is a great place to work and fulfill the personal commitment to leave a life-changing legacy through our alumni. With each graduating class we offer society the opportunity to renew itself and literally create a better quality of life worldwide.”

The results, released in the Chronicle’s fourth annual report on the academic workplace, are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities throughout the United States. Approximately 20,000 of those surveyed were faculty members, about 15,000 were professional staff members, and about 8,000 were administrators, according to the Chronicle. This is the third year Brenau has been named a “Great College to Work For.”

Honor Roll designation was given to institutions that were cited most often across numerous recognition categories.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It is a nine-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, and one of its columnists was a finalist for a 2005 Pulitzer Prize.

The Best Colleges to Work For survey was administered for The Chronicle of Higher Education by ModernThink LLC, a human resources consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del. You can find the story about the survey at