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ASU Again Named a ‘Great College to Work For’

July 20, 2016

Angelo State University has been named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2016 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators.

ASU was one of only 93 institutions of higher education recognized nationally by The Chronicle and also ranked highly enough to be one of only 42 institutions named to The Chronicle’s 2016 Honor Roll. This marks the second straight year ASU has made both the “Great Colleges to Work For” list and the Honor Roll.

Dr. Brian J. MayDr. Brian J. MayAngelo State President Brian J. May said, “We have an outstanding team of faculty, staff and administrators that collaborates to deliver the quality education and other campus services that today’s students expect and deserve. They have also created an incredible ‘Ram Family’ work environment, which is a primary reason they continue to receive this deserved national recognition.”

Robert DuncanRobert DuncanRobert Duncan, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, said, “There has never been a better time to be at Angelo State, and this national recognition is just another example of the continued success and progress underway at the university. Being honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education for two consecutive years is a testament to the distinctive and dynamic culture at Angelo State, as well as the dedicated leadership, faculty and staff who foster a welcoming and innovative campus environment. Congratulations to Dr. May and all those who make Angelo State not only a great place to work, but also a great institution.”  

The “Great Colleges to Work For” designation is based upon surveys conducted earlier this year of more than 46,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities nationally. Angelo State was one of 10 Texas four-year institutions of higher education to make the list and one of only four state-supported universities to be honored. ASU was previously identified as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2009, 2013 and 2015. 

Kurtis NealKurtis NealASU Human Resources Director Kurtis Neal said, “The leadership, commitment and hard work displayed by our employees on a daily basis create an amazing campus experience. I am lucky to be a part of an organization such as this. Our employees are committed to making Angelo State a great university for our students and a great place to work. The ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ designation for the second year in a row is a wonderful honor for the campus community, and making the Honor Roll for a second straight year is definitely something for the campus to brag about.” 

Additionally, Neal said the broader national exposure for ASU that comes with the recognition by The Chronicle of Higher Education will enhance the university’s ability to recruit high-quality faculty, staff and administrators. ASU currently has 857 employees, including 351 faculty and 506 staff. 

The Chronicle survey evaluates employee satisfaction in four general areas: leadership, the workplace, careers and compensation. Its two-part assessment process includes an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies, as well as the survey of faculty, staff and administrators, with employee feedback being the primary factor.

The print edition of The Chronicle’s Academic Workplace special report featuring the complete survey results will be released July 22.