The Chronicle of Higher Education seeks Great Colleges to Work For

Anonymous employee survey to be e-mailed to 600 random TU faculty and staff members

TOWSON, Md. (March 22, 2010)—The Chronicle of Higher Education is conducting a survey for its annual Great Colleges to Work For Program, designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. Once again Towson University will be participating in this comprehensive evaluation. To be recognized by higher education’s most visible and widely read publication would bring well-deserved praise to everyone in the Towson University community.

One segment of the program is an employee survey distributed to a sample of each participating institution's full-time faculty and staff. This week, an invitation to participate in the anonymous employee survey will be sent to a random selection of 600 of Towson's employees via e-mail, along with brief instructions for the online survey. If you receive the invitation, please complete the survey no later than April 16.

This is an anonymous survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. The results of the survey will be factored into the overall scoring process that will ultimately determine the institutions recognized in the Chronicle's annual publication.

After the Chronicle publishes the findings this summer, Towson will receive a report that summarizes responses to the survey questions.

According to last year's findings, two particular areas in which Towson thrived were "Career Development, Research & Scholarship" and "Facilities and Security." Areas where Towson narrowly missed the opportunity for recognition included "Participation in Share Governance," despite the university's strong TUSC and Faculty Senate groups, and "Internal Communications," for which the President's recent Town Hall on the State Budget, Daily Digest and Insider could be considered.

The participation and honest feedback of faculty and staff are critical to the assessment process. To ensure the confidentiality of responses, the survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence.

A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our work force, so Towson encourages everyone’s participation.

For more information, please contact Marina Cooper at 410-704-3300 or






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