UM Again Named Among ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

University included on annual ranking for past decade

The University of Mississippi has once again been named to the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ list by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss. – For the 10th consecutive year, the University of Mississippi was named to the “Great Colleges to Work For” list compiled annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Chronicle has published the “Great Colleges to Work For” list for the last 11 years, with UM recognized in 10 of those years. In the 2018 report, released Monday (July 16), Ole Miss was among 84 institutions honored from the 253 colleges and universities surveyed. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with UM included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.

Earlier this year, the university participated in the survey, which is designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. The surveys designed specifically for higher education were sent to a sample of each institution’s full-time faculty, administrators, and exempt and nonexempt staff.

In the survey results, UM employees noted their job is meaningful to them and the university, and they have good relationships with their supervisors and department chairs. Employees also reported they have opportunities to develop their skills and understand the requirements for career advancement.

“It is quite an accomplishment and honor to receive this recognition for a decade now,” Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter said. “The people of Ole Miss are at the heart of what makes our university so extraordinary.

“We have outstanding faculty, staff and administrators with a rich diversity of talents and backgrounds. Day in and day out, they play an integral role in shaping our caring campus culture, vibrant work environment and stellar academic community.”

The Chronicle, based in Washington, D.C., is a major source of news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators. The annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey is one of the largest workplace recognition programs in the country and recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

“This recognition did not just happen,” Provost Noel Wilkin said. “Many people contribute to making our university a great place to work. I credit our human resources staff with developing programs that contribute to a positive workplace and our faculty, staff and administrators with building a culture in which we care about the people who are the university.”

UM faculty and staff are encouraged to walk on campus as part of the university’s promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM employees’ broad utilization of the many professional development opportunities offered by the university is appreciated, said Andrea Jekabsons, associate director of human resources.

“In recent years, the university has been intentional about promoting a lifelong learning environment for our employees,” Jekabsons said. “It’s satisfying to see the impact of our programs specifically in the areas of job satisfaction, professional/career development programs and supervisor/department chair relationship.”