2009-2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education Recognizes WPI as a 'Great College to Work For'

WPI was recognized as a 'Great College to Work For' in The Chronicle of Higher Education's second-annual survey. The university was ranked for excellence in the area of 'Tenure Clarity and Process.'

WPI Joins Elite List of 150 Colleges in Publication's Second-Annual Survey

WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was recognized as a "Great College to Work For" in The Chronicle of Higher Education's second-annual survey.  The university was ranked for excellence in the area of "Tenure Clarity and Process."  The survey is currently available online and will be featured in the July 10 issue of the periodical.

"In academia, the tenure process is known for being extremely stressful, rigorous and difficult. To know that our faculty regards WPI's system so highly is especially meaningful," said A. Tracy Hassett, WPI's Vice President of Human Resources. "This was WPI's first year participating in this survey, and we are extremely proud to have been recognized.  WPI is a great institution for learning and working.   It's truly satisfying to know that our faculty members value the thought and care that goes into the tenure process."

“I have been consistently impressed by the effort invested in the entire tenure process by both the faculty governance system and the administration, and this endorsement by our own faculty is very much appreciated," noted WPI Provost John Orr.

The results of The Chronicle of Higher Education's survey of "Great Colleges to Work For" are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members, and staff members at 247 colleges and universities.  The survey recognizes colleges for specific best practices and policies in the categories of:  compensation and benefits, institutional policies, and work environment.  The survey provided rankings in 26 categories for four-year institutions (including the "Tenure Clarity and Process" category).     

Participating institutions were segmented into four-year or two-year categories and were further classified based on undergraduate and graduate enrollment: small (fewer than 3,000 students), medium (3,000 to 9,999 students), and large (more than 10,000 students).  Each institution submitted a list of full-time employees randomly selected across three categories: administration, faculty, and professional support staff.  Employee feedback was the primary factor in deciding recognition for each institution.

WPI's ranking was determined by data submitted by randomly selected faculty and staff that completed online questionnaires during March and April 2009.  The survey's questions focused on WPI's work environment, pay and benefits and institutional policies.  Specifically, participants responded to 60 statements using a five-point scale. Respondents rated their satisfaction with 15 different benefits, responded to two open-ended questions, and answered 14 demographic questions relating to gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, salary, tenure status, and other job issues.  WPI ranked among the medium-sized universities and was recognized in the "Tenure Clarity and Process" category along with The College of Saint Rose, Drake University, Nazareth College, Oklahoma City University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Rice University, Rollins College, Salisbury University and The Citadel.   The assessment process was administered by ModernThink LLC, a human-resources consulting company that has conducted many "Best Places to Work" surveys for various groups.

July 8, 2009

Contact: Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu