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The Chronicle of Higher Education Names Howard Community College One of the Best Colleges in the U.S. to Work For

August 6, 2012

HCC is the Only Community College in Maryland to be Selected 4 Consecutive Times & Is 1 of 3 Community Colleges in the U.S.To Be Named to the 2012 Honor Roll

(Columbia, MD) – For the fourth 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 “2012 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 four consecutive times for the distinction and to be selected for the Honor Roll. The workplace-excellence recognition program is academe’s version of Fortune Magazine’s popular “100 Best Companies to Work For” issue. The announcement was posted this morning on The Chronicle’s Web site,

For the year 2012, 103 of 294 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 2012, HCC is one of only 24 community colleges in the U.S. to be recognized and is one of only three 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 fifth annual report on “The Academic Workplace,” are based on a survey of 46,946 employees at 294 colleges and universities in the U.S. 

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
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Diversity

“All of us at HCC are pleased to be included in The Chronicle’s prestigious list for the fourth consecutive time,” said Dr. Kate Hetherington. “Our reputation continues to precede us because HCC faculty and staff committ themselves to student success in extraordinary ways. Much of the satisfaction that faculty and staff attribute toward their jobs is actually generated by a sense that they are making a considerable difference in the lives of so many students. It is a good feeling to come to work every day on behalf of others.”

The Chronicle’s national survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies/practices 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 analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs.

HCC has a total of 1,884 employees, of which 852 are faculty and 1,032 are staff. Howard Community College is one of the fastest growing community colleges in Maryland. In fiscal 2011, the college enrolled 13,753 credit students and 16, 426 non-credit students.  Howard Community College experienced a 9.58 percent increase in full-time equivalent credit enrollment from FY10 to FY11.

About HCC
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 30,000 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.