Great Colleges 2018

The Great Colleges to Work For is a national survey that is administered across the country annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Colleges elect to participate to obtain important feedback from their employees. Seminole State College participated in the survey in 2013 and 2018.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes institutions based on the survey results. In 2018, there were 84 recognized institutions with 42 institutions named to the honor roll. Seminole State was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” winning honors in three categories:

  1. Diversity: The institution makes a concerted effort to create a welcoming and fair environment for all its employees.
  2. Professional/Career Development Programs: Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.
  3. Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship: Supervisor makes expectations clear and solicits ideas.

Overall, we are encouraged by the results. We saw increases in almost every category compared to 2013. We recognize that there are areas for improvement, and look forward to working with employees on developing strategies for improvement moving forward. We encourage all employees to review the results, and look for future communications on next steps.

Thank you all for providing your feedback. Over 60% of our full-time employees participated in the survey, and our response rate was 20% higher than the national average.

2018 Survey Results

The reports from the 2018 survey administration can be viewed. There are three reports available: (1) Results by item with comparisons to the 2013 administration, other baccalaureate granting institutions, and honor roll institutions. (2) Results by item broken down by employee classification. (3) Comments by employee classification. A fourth attachment provides assistance in interpreting the survey ratings and results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Great Colleges survey?
    The “Great Colleges to Work For” program is sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink, LLC. This survey provides senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and benefits. More information can be found on the "Great Colleges" website.
  • What other Colleges take the Great College’s survey?
    The survey is open to all colleges. In 2018, 253 colleges participated in the survey. Of those, 165 of them were 4-year colleges and 88 were 2-year college. The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a listing of all recognized colleges.
  • What will be done with the feedback received from the survey?
    Survey results were received in November 2018. As we did in 2013, the college will prepare a plan to review the results in detail so that we can focus in areas where we need to continue to improve and grow to become an even greater place to work.
  • How am I assured that the feedback will remain anonymous?
    The results were returned directly to ModernThink, LLC, and they sent the College the results. At no time does the College see any employee identifier in the results unless you choose to put your name in the comments.
  • What was the percentage of employees who participated in the survey in 2018?
    The survey was sent to all 764 regular full time employees. 479 employees responded for a 63% response rate, greater than the 43% response rate nationwide. Employees responded to 60 satisfaction items, 18 items related to benefits and 2 open-ended items: “What do you appreciate most about working at this institution?” and “What would make this institution a better place to work?”


Institutional Effectiveness and Research
Thomas Hoke, Director