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July 2009

Release Date: July 6, 2009ASU Logo

Angelo State Makes National List of ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

Angelo State University has been named one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2009 by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators, in its July 10 edition.

ASU was one of 150 institutions of higher education so recognized nationally by the Chronicle, which surveyed faculty and administrators on job satisfaction in 26 categories. Institutions were divided into three groups based upon the number of employees. ASU, which was classified as a medium-sized institution with 500-2,499 employees, was one of only four Texas institutions of its size to be recognized in the survey.

The survey polled almost 41,000 faculty, staff and administrators nationally for the 2009 recognition. Angelo State was one of 10 Texas colleges or universities recognized in any of the 26 categories.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “Angelo State has long been recognized locally as a fine employer, winning the San Angelo Standard-Times Readers’ Choice Award for best place to work for the last three years. It is gratifying to know that our work environment is now receiving national recognition, which is a testament to the many dedicated ASU faculty and staff who have made a career commitment to our students and their success.”

Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, the governing body for Angelo State since 2007, said, “This is a well deserved honor for the university and we are proud of them. It shows that Angelo State is not only a great place to go to college, it’s also a great place to go to work.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the primary national source for job listings in higher education and each issue is read by up to a half million people in the profession.

Rallo said, “This will certainly give us broader exposure among potential faculty and administrators. It also comes at a good time for Angelo State as we begin the search for a new provost/vice president for academic affairs and a new vice president for student affairs.”

ASU Director of Human Resources Jesse Gomez said Angelo State has 757 employees. Of those, 323 are faculty and the remaining 434 are staff.

“This recognition,” said Gomez, “affirms what our employee community has known about Angelo State University for some time – that it is a great place to work. This is a significant achievement for ASU as we strive to be a premier place to work and learn.”

Categories in the survey included healthy faculty-administration relations; collaborative governance; professional/career development program; teaching environment; compensation and benefits; facilities and security; job satisfaction; work-life balance; confidence in senior leadership; internal communications; connections to institution and pride; tenure clarity and process; physical workspace conditions; health insurance; tuition reimbursement; housing assistance program; supervisor or department chair relationship; perception and confidence in fair treatment; respect and appreciation; policies, resources and efficiency; overall satisfaction with benefits 403b or 401k; vacation or paid time off; disability insurance; life insurance; and post-retirement benefits.

To participate in the program, institutions agreed to go through a free, two-part assessment process that included a survey administered to a randomly selected group of 400 to 600 administrators and members of the faculty and professional-support staff as well as an institutional audit that collected demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from faculty and staff members.