Miami Dade College Once Again Honored Among “Great Colleges to Work For”

MDC has been recognized every year since the program’s inception and once again makes the Honor Roll

Miami, July 17, 2017 – For the ninth consecutive year, Miami Dade College (MDC) has been named among the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a major higher education publication. In addition, MDC again made the honor roll for being recognized in multiple categories.

“We are honored to once again receive this recognition.  It truly speaks to the faculty and staff at MDC, who are second to none, who truly make this a great place to work and create an exceptional learning environment for all our students,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.

MDC was recognized in ten categories: collaborative governance; compensation & benefits; confidence in senior leadership; diversity; job satisfaction; professional/career development programs; respect and appreciation; supervisor/department chair relationship; teaching environment (faculty only); and work/life balance.

“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employee are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of the Chronicle.  “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets:  their faculty and staff.”

The Chronicle’s 2017 Great College’s to Work For program recognizes colleges for specific practices and policies, such as collaborative governance, work/life balance, teaching environment, compensation and benefits, and others.  It has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. 

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process:  an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace polices, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff.  The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle turned to ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when then times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partners, ModernThink LLC.  “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between then and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

MDC joins other top institutions in receiving this distinction including Duke University, the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California, among others.

For more information and to view the list of honorees, visit The Chronicle’s website.