Oklahoma City University News
Oklahoma City University Among Nation’s ‘Great Colleges to Work For’
OKLAHOMA CITY— Oklahoma City University is one of the best colleges to work for in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For” report released today (view .pdf file). OCU is the only college in the state to earn the 2009 distinction and is listed on The Chronicle’s new honor roll, which recognizes the Top 10 small, medium and large universities nationally.
OCU was among the Top 10 universities in 20 workplace categories analyzed by The Chronicle for best practices and policies including those affecting compensation and benefits, faculty-administration relations and confidence in senior leadership.
The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program studied 247 colleges nationwide, listing the top 10 alphabetically in each group. OCU competed with medium-sized colleges in 28 recognition categories. The Chronicle report praised OCU for paying for faculty members to attend conferences outside their disciplines and for a fellowship program that gives midcareer faculty a chance to spend a year working in the office of the provost.
“Maintaining a healthy and rewarding work environment is one of our top priorities,” said OCU President Tom McDaniel. “We value an environment that encourages innovation and collaboration.”
“Working at OCU is a very personal experience,” said Liz Hedrick, OCU associate vice president of administrative services. “The faculty and staff are passionate about the mission of the university, the success of students and the well-being of colleagues. Every person has a voice that is valued. Dozens of creative ideas were recently implemented to reduce or avert expenditures while retaining quality of life and service.”
Oklahoma City University participated in a two-part assessment process for this year’s program including a random employee survey and an institutional audit to collect demographics and workplace policies. OCU was recognized in 100 percent of the institutional policy categories. Employee feedback collected from faculty and staff was the primary factor for deciding recognition.
OCU was recognized in the following categories:
· Job Satisfaction;
· Healthy Faculty-Administration Relations;
· Collaborative Governance;
· Teaching Environment;
· Physical Work Space Conditions;
· Facilities and Security;
· Supervisor-Department Chair Relationship;
· Compensation and Benefits;
· Tuition Reimbursement;
· Housing Assistance Programs;
· Post-Retirement Benefits;
· Professional/Career Development Programs;
· Work-Life Balance;
· Confidence in Senior Leadership;
· Internal Communications;
· Connections to Institution and Pride;
· Perception of and Confidence in Fair Treatment;
· Respect and Appreciation;
· Policies, Resources and Efficiency; and
· Tenure Clarity and Process
The results will be published in The Chronicle’s July 10 edition.
Oklahoma City University also is the only university in Oklahoma ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by OKCBusiness in 2008 and 2009. View the entire article here (.pdf)