August 15, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education once again named Southern New Hampshire University to its list of Great Colleges to Work For. This is the fifth consecutive year that SNHU has made the list, earning the university Honor Roll status. Although The Chronicle offers the designation, SNHU’s inclusion on this list is the result of feedback directly from its faculty and staff.
Each year, employees at small, medium and large two-year and four-year colleges are surveyed in twelve categories: collaborative governance; compensation and benefits; confidence in senior leadership; diversity; facilities, workplace and security; job satisfaction; professional/career development; respect and appreciation; supervisor or department-chair relationship; teaching environment; tenure clarity and process; and work/life balance. Each year, SNHU has garnered feedback placing the university on the list of Great Colleges to Work For, and was among only a handful of institutions recognized in ten of the categories.
According to The Chronicle, the 2012 survey had the largest number of respondents yet, with nearly 47,000 employees nationwide providing workplace assessment. Communication is key at many of the top colleges, with strong two-way communication between leadership and employees in place as well as demonstration of appreciation and assistance in achieving work/life balance. Of the 103 institutions named as Great Colleges to Work For in 2012, just 42 achieved the Honor Roll status. The status was awarded to the 10 institutions in each size that were recognized most often across all of the Great Colleges categories.
An article in an early August edition of The Chronicle focused on Jessica Erb, an assistant director of admission at SNHU. Eight years ago, Erb began as an administrative assistant at SNHU’s Nashua regional center and took advantage of tuition benefits to earn a bachelor’s degree and move into her current role. She also applied for and received a $1,500 grant through SNHU’s Mini-Grant Program in 2008, which encourages hourly employees to apply for funds to pursue a passion. In Erb’s case, she was able to purchase a used keyboard and take a year of piano lessons. The SNHU community enjoyed her performance of “Moonlight Sonata” at a special event in celebration of the grant program in 2009.
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About 75 SNHU employees strapped on 15- or 35-pound rucksacks and trekked 26.1 miles through the Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Mass. to raise money for Gold Star families.
Students from SNHU and the Derryfield School teamed up this week to bring food, activities, and care packages to nearly 30 families staying with Families in Transition.