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Howard Community College Named 2015 'Great College to Work For'

The Chronicle of Higher Education selects HCC for Record Seventh Consecutive Year
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Howard Community College is one of the best colleges to work for, according to the latest survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Announced today in The Chronicle’s annual report on The Academic Workplace, Howard Community College (HCC) is one of only 86 institutions across the country to have achieved the “Great College to Work For” recognition. This year’s award marks the seventh consecutive year that the national higher education publication has selected HCC, making HCC one of only four community colleges in the country—and the only community college in Maryland—to have achieved this record status.

The Great Colleges to Work For recognition program is based on the results of a survey completed by employees at 281 colleges and universities across the country, including a sample of HCC faculty and staff.

In addition, colleges and universities that stand out in comparison to their peers are selected for the Honor Roll. Howard Community College is the only Maryland community college to have earned a spot on this coveted list for 2015. HCC won the Honor Roll distinction in the following eight categories:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security
  • Professional/Career-Development Programs
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Work/Life Balance

“The Great Colleges to Work For award is recognition of the fact that Howard Community College faculty and staff members dedicate themselves every day to providing pathways to success in the lives of their students,” said Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College. “We are pleased to be honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education for a record seventh time.”

The Great College survey results are a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and staff, and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether a college received recognition was the employee feedback.

“The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work,” said Liz McMillen, editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The faculty and staff who make up our readership want to know which institutions are Great Colleges to Work For because many of them are either seeking to improve their own campus or are looking for that next great career opportunity. The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm. “Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested. And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC.

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at

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