‘Chronicle of Higher Education’ Names UNA One of America’s “Great Colleges to Work For in 2020”

By  | September 15, 2020 | Filed under: News

Essays on Writing from The Chronicle of Higher Education | JCCC Department of English Blog FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama has been named one of America’s “Great Colleges to Work For in 2020” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s premier publication for professionals in academia. In its 13th survey of faculty and staff on university campuses, the Washington, D.C.-based journal recognized UNA and 78 other institutions based on employee responses in a dozen categories.


“The recognition from The Chronicle as one of the ‘Great Colleges to Work For in 2020’ is confirmation of what UNA’s faculty and staff have known for some time,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “We take a great deal of pride in what we do, from the teaching environment for our talented faculty to the professional development opportunities offered to all employees, and it shows in overall job satisfaction. This is part of what makes UNA such a special place for our students to live, learn, and grow.”

Dr. Ken Kitts


UNA scored high marks in several of the categories, including job satisfaction and support, confidence in senior leadership, professional and career development programs, compensation and benefits, respect for shared governance and teaching environment. It is the third time UNA has been acknowledged as a Great College to Work For; previous recognition took place in 2010 and again in 2013.


The Great Colleges to Work For® program includes a two-part assessment process: First is a confidential survey administered to faculty, administrators, exempt professional and non-exempt staff; the second part is an institution questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies and practices. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received

“Great Colleges to Work For” recognition was the employee feedback.


Catherine White

The initiative at UNA was spearheaded by the Office of Human Resources, which is headed by Assistant Vice President Catherine White.


“Despite the pandemic and the job changes we were all experiencing as a result of that global event, UNA’s employees reported a great deal of job satisfaction and overall pride in working for the University,” White said. “It is affirming to have this recognition for UNA.”



Media Release/Ms. Michelle Eubanks
Director, Communications and Marketing
University Communications and Marketing

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