By Eric Baxter, COCE Advisor
Southern New Hampshire University was named to the Honor Roll of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 list of “Great Colleges to Work For.” This is the seventh straight year the university has made the list.
“As we’ve gotten bigger, we’ve gotten even better at what we do, and it’s because of our people coming up with great ideas,” said Steve Hodownes, CEO of SNHU’s College of Online and Continuing Education.
The culture of valuing employees and caring for their well-being has seen a trickle-down effect.
“We believe that if our employees feel like they matter to us – reflected in our benefits, culture and values — they will bring that same care and ‘valuing’ to our students,” SNHU President Paul LeBlanc said. “I think that being a ‘Great College to Work For’ very much helps us become a ‘best college in which to be a success,’ the promise we make to all our students.”
More than 270 institutions participated. SNHU was one of only 10 large four-year schools that achieved honor roll status as “the best of the best,” according to The Chronicle. SNHU was cited in 10 of 12 categories, including Job Satisfaction, Respect and Appreciation, Professional/Career Development, Teaching Environment and Confidence in Senior Leadership.
“Given the pressures that so many families face today and the growing wealth and inequity gap, I think all of us who work at SNHU feel we are working to make the society not only better educated but also more just and ample in opportunity,” LeBlanc said. “How many jobs send you home at night with that pride of work?”