Two Abilene universities recognized nationally for workplace quality

ACU and HSU named good places to work

ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University are among only 92 institutions in the nation to be named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Brenda Alexander, HSU's vice president of finance, said HSU takes prides in having a balance of work and personal life – and it's noticed by all who work there.

"When you take a look at the workplace environment that we have and the culture of the university and what a privilege it is to work here, the employees recognize that and it's demonstrated with this award they've been gracious to give to us," Alexander said.

It marks the sixth year in a row that HSU has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education in the small school category.

Abilene Christian University is no stranger to it, either.

ACU has been honored since 2009, said Michael Lewis, strategic intelligence developer at ACU.

"It's a good thing to have a place where people can come to work and feel good about the work that they do, feel good about the people they work with, and feel good about the product they produce and ultimately what that work product is," Lewis said.

The award is based mostly off of employee feedback. A survey is given to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. There is also an institutional audit that looks at demographics, workplace policies, and university practices.

Both schools were also singled out in several key areas. HSU was noted for job satisfaction, professional/career development, supervisor relationships, and work/life balance. ACU was touted for facilities, workspace and security, job satisfaction, supervisor relationships, and work/life balance.

Nationwide, more than 43,500 surveys were completed by administrators, faculty members, and staff members. Results of the survey will be published in The Chronicle's Academic Workplace special issue, which comes out July 25. You can view the results of the survey at The Chronicle's website by CLICKING HERE.

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