Kent State Remains Only Ohio Institution Named a “Great College to Work For”

Photo of Doug Steidl with studentsFor a fifth time, university employees give Kent State high marks 

Kent State University is being recognized again as one of the nation’s best. Kent State has been selected as one of this year’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s number one source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based on a survey of about 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities, The Chronicle’s 2015 “Great Colleges to Work For” program recognizes small, medium and large institutions for specific best practices and policies. 

The Chronicle released its 2015 results on July 20, and Kent State is one of 86 colleges and universities to receive this prestigious designation. For a second year in a row, Kent State is the only Ohio institution, public or private, on the list. Kent State employees rated the institution highly enough to be recognized in the Compensation and Benefits category for large universities with 10,000 or more students. The other four-year large universities similarly rated include Baylor University, Duke University, Hofstra University, Saint Leo University, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California and University of Washington. 

Logo for 2015 Great College to Work For“As a five-time winner of ‘Great Colleges to Work For,’ it is gratifying to see the evidence that our faculty and staff feel valued and appreciated,” said Beverly Warren, Kent State president. “I am honored to be a part of this remarkable community.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: a questionnaire administered to faculty and staff about individuals’ evaluations of their institutions and a questionnaire about institutional characteristics. The assessment also included an analysis of demographic data and workplace policies, including benefits, at each participating college.

Now in its eighth year, the “Great Colleges to Work For” program has become 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 website at The survey results also will be published in The Chronicle’s Academic Workplace special report in the July 24 printed edition.

For more information about Kent State’s compensation and benefits, visit its Human Resources page at

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Photo Caption:
Doug Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University, works with two students in one of the design studios on the top floor of Taylor Hall.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 06, 2015 09:42 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 12:42 PM
Emily Vincent