Pair of metro-east universities named great places to work

News-DemocratJuly 25, 2013 

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Two universities that serve the metro-east have been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education's list of Great Colleges to Work For 2013.

McKendree University, based in Lebanon, and Lindenwood University, based in St. Charles, Mo., with its largest satellite campus in Belleville, were on the list, which does not rank the schools from top to bottom.

McKendree has made the list five years in a row, while Lindenwood has made it five out of the last six.

"We are extremely pleased to have been cited for the fifth time in six years among this select group of universities recognized by their employees for a great work environment," Lindenwood President James Evans told the Chronicle of Higher Education. "I believe that feeling is a natural result of our collective devotion to a wonderful university mission and, of course, to an ethos that always places the students first."

The list notes that McKendree workers were happy with the regular training they get and with a positive relationship they enjoy with their supervisors.

Chronicle editor Liz McMillen said there is really no formula used to compile the list. It's largely based on the level of the workers' satisfaction with their school.

"The Chronicle's reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces," McMillen said. "The 'formula for success' continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right."

Other area schools on the list are the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Webster University.

Overall, there were 97 schools on the list, 76 of them four-year institutions. The list was made by surveying more than 44,000 employees of more than 300 schools nationwide.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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