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SNHU Once Again Recognized as a Top Employer in Higher Education, Most Innovative in the North

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) was recognized today as a top university by two national publications. SNHU was named “A Great College to Work For” for the 14th year in a row as part of the Great Colleges program, one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. U.S. News & World Report also announced today that SNHU has been named the Most Innovative university in the North as part of its annual Best Colleges rankings. SNHU has been named to both rankings every year since their inception.

“While we are very proud of these distinctions, there is an equal amount of pride in knowing that we have been able to create a community that our employees can depend on for support in such uncertain times,” said Paul LeBlanc, President, SNHU. “After working remotely for many months, it is really special to know that our employees feel that SNHU is more than a workplace, but a community that they feel a part of no matter where they are in the world.”

As one of the largest employers in the Granite State, SNHU is the only university from New Hampshire to make the Great Colleges list. SNHU also earned Honor Roll status 11 years in a row for scoring well across multiple categories, including Job Satisfaction & Support, Compensation & Benefits, Professional Development, Mission & Pride, Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Faculty & Staff Well-being, and Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.

ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, administered the survey and analyzed this year's results.

“Leadership in crisis is both art and science,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner at ModernThink, LLC. “The leaders at this year’s recognized institutions guided their institutions through unprecedented challenges with vision and transparency, all while modeling a spirit of partnership and genuine care for their fellow colleagues.”

All full-time faculty and staff were invited to participate in the survey and more than two-thirds offered feedback. Based on the top three responses, SNHU employees believe that the University takes appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of faculty, staff and students, offers benefits that meet employee needs, and contributes to the community in a positive way.

Now in its 14th year, the Great Colleges program recognizes the institutions that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. The survey results are based on 196 applications from participating colleges and universities, and were comprised from a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and an anonymous survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback. The survey asked staff and faculty nationwide to assess their employers’ leadership, career opportunities, compensation and overall work environment.

The "Most Innovative Schools" category from U.S. News solely relies on a peer assessment survey completed by college presidents, provosts and admission deans - who are asked to nominate institutions "that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities." As one of the fastest growing universities in the country, SNHU has topped the list for seven consecutive years.

About Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 88-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 150,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the "Most Innovative" regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at

About ModernThink LLC
As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions. Learn more about the Great Colleges to Work For® program, including all current and previous recognized institutions, at and, and about ModernThink at

Siobhan Lopez
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SNHU is a nonprofit, accredited university with a mission to make high-quality education more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Founded in 1932, and online since 1995, we’ve helped countless students reach their goals with flexible, career-focused programs. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students, and we serve over 135,000 students online. Visit our about SNHU page to learn more about our mission, accreditations, leadership team, national recognitions and awards.