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NU named among ‘2023 Great Colleges to Work For’

September 25, 2023

Northwood University is a great college to work for, according to a survey featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

“Northwood employees are strongly motivated by our mission and commitment to develop free enterprise leaders who drive global economic and social progress. The opportunity to shape our students’ futures makes Northwood a rewarding workplace,” stated President Kent MacDonald. “We are incredibly pleased to be recognized again as a Great College to Work For.”

This year, Northwood was recognized in the following categories:

• Mission & Pride: Understanding an institution’s mission and how one’s job impacts that mission are considered primary drivers of faculty/staff engagement. In addition to mission understanding, this category is based on survey items that provide insight into the level of pride associated with the institution and the willingness to recommend the institution as an employer. Some of the statements considered for recognition in this category are key indicators of whether a college is a great workplace. 

• Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness: It is widely regarded that the experience of one’s immediate supervisor is among the most important factors influencing whether an employee is truly engaged. This recognition category is based on the survey items providing insight into critical managerial competencies such as providing clear direction and constructive feedback and ensuring effective communication and equitable treatment. The statements considered for this category speak to a supervisor’s particular impact on their employees.

The Great Colleges to Work For program was created in 2008 by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink, a strategic consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. 

Great Colleges to Work For is one of higher education’s largest and most comprehensive workplace studies. Since its inception, survey results have been published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. While The Chronicle continues to publish the survey results, the survey — which sampled over 103,000 faculty and staff around the U.S. this year — is now entirely administered by ModernThink.

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