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*Panola College Named "Great College to Work For" 5th Year in a Row by The

Chronicle of Higher Education *
 
Panola College was once again named a great college to work for, according
to a new survey by *The* *Chronicle of Higher Education*, a top trade
publication for colleges and universities. This is Panola College’s fifth
consecutive year to receive this outstanding award. The results in *The
Chronicle’s* ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a
survey of 46,000 employees of 281 colleges and universities. Panola College
was among only 25 two-year institutions in the nation that applied for the
program and achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition.
 
According to the *Chronicle’s* criteria, Panola College won honors in 10 of
the 11 two-year college categories studied. These included:
 
   - Collaborative Governance
   - Compensation & Benefits
   - Confidence in Senior Leadership
   - Facilities, Workspace & Security
   - Job Satisfaction
   - Professional/Career Development Programs
   - Respect and Appreciation
   - Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
   - Teaching Environment
   - Work/Life Balance
 
As a result of achieving recognition in so many different areas, Panola
College was also listed on the *Chronicle’s *“Honor Roll” as a stand out
college in its size category.
 
“Panola College is extremely pleased to be recognized by *The Chronicle of
Higher Education* as one of only 12 community colleges in the nation to be
named to the 2016 Honor Roll as a Great College to Work For, said Dr. Greg
Powell, President of Panola College. “I think that this award speaks highly
of our Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and administration that this
is the fifth consecutive year to receive this national recognition.”
 
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an
institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, 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.
 
To administer the survey and analyze the results, *The Chronicle* worked
with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has
conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of
thousands of employees nationwide.
 
“Nine years in, The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program is well
known as a mark of a college or university that puts thought and effort
into serving the needs of its faculty and staff,” said Liz McMillen, editor
of *The Chronicle*. “The colleges and universities that make the list are
highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an
important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and
administrative talent.”
 
“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, 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.”
Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected
workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to
view all the results of the survey, visit *The Chronicle’s* Web site at
http://chronicle.com/AW16.

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