July 17, 2008
Webster University Nationally Recognized as One of Top ‘Great College to Work For’
ST. LOUIS, July 17, 2008 - The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Webster University in the top five of its “2008 Great Colleges to Work For” list of national institutions with between 500 and 2,400 employees. The Chronicle is widely considered the most respected publication serving the academic community.
The national survey, conducted for the first time, ranked Webster University in the top five in 14 categories, including: healthy faculty-administration relations; professional/career development program; job satisfaction; work-life balance (policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives); internal communications; connection to institution and pride (employees have a strong sense of loyalty to the institution); health insurance; supervisor or department chair relationship; perception and confidence in fair treatment; respect and appreciation; policies, resources and efficiency; engagement index (the emotional connection employees have to an organization); 403b or 401k; and life insurance.
Additionally, Webster ranked high overall among such institutions as Stanford, Emory, Duke and USC. Only seven institutions had scores better than Webster University. More than 15,000 administrators, faculty members and staff members at 89 colleges and universities responded to the survey. Survey results will appear in a special academic workplace supplement to this week’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
“Webster University has experienced many years of growth and transformation, as first a local college and now an international university,” Webster President Neil J. George said. “I am proud that the campus culture remains a warm, friendly and supportive environment in which to work and to educate our students. It is an honor to be recognized nationally among our peers for our efforts.”
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Its 20,000-plus student population represents almost 150 nationalities. The University’s core values include excellence in teaching, joining theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners, fully prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.
Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.