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Lycoming College named "2015 Great College to Work For"

Lycoming College named "2015 Great College to Work For"

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Lycoming College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The college took honors in two categories, collaborative governance and confidence in senior leadership.

“We are honored to be recognized for our collaborative culture of innovation,” said Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College. “Our recent, broadly inclusive strategic planning process involved half of the full-time faculty and a significant number of staff sharing ideas and developing plans for institutional improvement. Everyone at Lycoming College helps to make this a great place to work.”

The Chronicle’s 2015 Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. Now in its eighth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. This year, 281 institutions participated and only 86 institutions were recognized as a “2015 Great College to Work For.”

“As a field biologist – one of the highlights of working at Lycoming College for me has been the support that allows me to not only provide trips to local ecological sites, but also to expose students to field study in the Chesapeake Bay and international study in marine biology in Jamaica and Honduras.,” said Melvin Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor of biology.

The Chronicle works with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm, to administer the survey and analyze the results. The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captures demographics and workplace policies from each institution, 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.

“The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work. The faculty and staff WHO make up our readership want to know which institutions are Great Colleges to Work For because many of them are either seeking to improve their own campus or are looking for that next great career opportunity,” Liz McMillen, editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, said. “The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”

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As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions. Learn more at