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"The Chronicle of Higher Education" Names Howard Community College One of the Best Colleges to Work For -- AGAIN!

July 25, 2011

HCC is the Only Community College in Maryland to be Selected 3 Consecutive Times & Is 1 of 12 Community Colleges in the U.S. To Be Named to the 2011 Honor Roll

COLUMBIA, MD (July 25, 2011) --- For the third consecutive year, Howard Community College (HCC) has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey released today by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading source on national issues in higher education.  HCC has been named formally by The Chronicle as a “2011 Great College to Work For” and continues to be distinguished further by its Honor Roll selection. HCC is the only community college in Maryland to have been selected three consecutive times for the distinction and to be selected for the Honor Roll. The announcement was posted this morning on The Chronicle’s Web site, www.chronicle.com.

For 2011, only 111 of 310 participating institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies, and a total of 42 institutions received Honor Roll distinction. Among community colleges selected for 2011, HCC is one of only 26 community colleges in the U.S. to be recognized and one of only 12 community colleges to be given Honor Roll status. Results are reported for small, medium and large colleges and universities. The results, found 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 in the U.S. The workplace-excellence recognition program is academe’s version of Fortune Magazine’s popular “100 Best Companies to Work For” issue.

The Chronicle recognized HCC as a “Great College to Work For” in the following categories:

·        Collaborative Governance

·        Professional/Career-Development Programs

·        Teaching Environment

·        Compensation & Benefits

·        Facilities, Workspace & Security

·        Job Satisfaction

·        Confidence in Senior Leadership

·        Respect and Appreciation

·        Diversity

“All of us at HCC are quite pleased to be recognized by The Chronicle for the third consecutive year,” said Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College. “All faculty and staff efforts at the college are focused on helping students succeed. This is what continues to drive high job satisfaction at HCC year after year. Our faculty and staff are truly exceptional and so is their work.”

The Chronicle’s national survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, as well as a survey administered to faculty and staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor in determining whether an institution received recognition. To administer the survey and results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs.

“For the third time, The Chronicle has affirmed what HCC Board members have known for a very long time --- Howard Community College is an extraordinary institution because of the remarkable people who make it thrive one student at a time,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees for Howard Community College Katherine K. Rensin.

HCC has a total of 1806 employees, of which 808 are faculty and 998 are staff. The college also continues to experience an enrollment increase. Full-time equivalent (FTE) credit-enrollment increased 9.7% for Fiscal Year 2010-2011, which was a 7% increase in headcount credit-enrollment over Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 28,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.

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