VC receives national recognition as ‘Great College to Work For’

Victoria College has been selected a 2017 “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This year 232 institutions nationwide, including 77 two-year institutions, participated in the survey conducted by ModernThink LLC. Victoria College was one of 22 community colleges recognized in the country and one of three community colleges recognized in Texas.

The Chronicle of Higher Education identified Victoria College as excelling in the following four categories:

Overall Job Satisfaction

Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship Facilities, Workplace and Security Confidence in Senior Leadership

“This distinction just reaffirms what I already knew about Victoria College,” said VC President Dr. David Hinds. “I see every day how great it is to work here at Victoria College. I’m honored to work with all of our employees on behalf of our students, and I’m so proud to be associated with VC.”

Victoria College was recognized as one of the top four colleges in each category within its peer group, which consisted of 36 colleges of similar size from across the country.

“We don’t know who those colleges are because the survey company keeps that confidential, but we do know they are colleges that chose to have their workplace scrutinized through the voluntary survey – a pretty strong group of colleges to be compared to from the start,” Hinds said.

“This recognition is earned from the hard and quality work of the professional administration, staff and faculty,” said Ronald Walker, chair of VC’s Board of Trustees. “It is also a recognition made possible by the support that Victoria College continues to receive from the community. A thank you goes out to Victoria and the surrounding communities and citizens.”

The Chronicle’s “Great Colleges to Work For” survey is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. The results were released on July 17 in The Chronicle’s 10 th annual report on The Academic Workplace.

“Ten years in, the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth 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 survey results are based on a two-part assessment process – an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies along with a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

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

Victoria College, which was founded in 1925, offers quality and affordable educational opportunities for the Crossroads region. VC works with area business and industry partners to address the region’s specific employment needs.