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ASU Earns National ‘Great College to Work For’ Designation

July 16, 2018

Angelo State University has been named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2018 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators.

ASU was one of only 84 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 2018 Honor Roll. This marks the fourth straight year ASU has made both the “Great Colleges to Work For” list and the Honor Roll.

Dr. Brian J. May Dr. Brian J. MayAngelo State President Brian J. May said, “The saying, ‘It takes a village,’ may seem cliché, but it really does take the entire ASU ‘village’ to provide the quality education, vibrant campus environment and opportunities for success that our students deserve. Like any village, ASU employs people in vast array of career fields, and we all work together for the common good, which is our students. To be nationally recognized because our employees love to work at ASU is undeniable confirmation that we really are the Ram Family.”

Robert Duncan Robert Duncan“Angelo State University has established a terrific campus environment and culture that is deserving of this recognition,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan. “We are proud of President Brian May and his leadership team, who have developed a quality academic experience and vibrant atmosphere on the ASU campus for faculty, staff, students and the San Angelo community. I’d like to congratulate the ASU Ram Family for receiving this designation for the fourth consecutive year.”

The “Great Colleges to Work For” designation is based upon surveys conducted earlier this year of more than 53,000 employees at 253 colleges and universities nationally. Angelo State was one of eight Texas four-year institutions to earn the designation, one of only two Texas state-supported universities to be honored, and the only Texas state-supported university to make the Honor Roll. ASU was previously identified as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2009, 2013 and 2015-17.

Kurtis Neal Kurtis 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 fourth year in a row is a wonderful honor for the campus community, and making the Honor Roll for a fourth straight year is definitely something for the campus to brag about.”

Additionally, Neal said the broader national exposure for ASU that comes with The Chronicle’s recognition will enhance the university’s ability to recruit high-quality faculty, staff and administrators. ASU currently has 1,015 employees, including 460 faculty and 555 staff.

The Chronicle’s survey evaluates employee satisfaction in 12 categories 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 2018 Academic Workplace special report featuring the complete survey results will be released July 20.

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