Kent State Receives ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Recognition for Ninth Time

University is one of only three Ohio colleges named to prestigious list

Kent State University is being recognized for the ninth time as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities, and ModernThink LLC, a consulting firm. Now in its 13th year, the “Great Colleges to Work For” annual report recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. 

Logo for 2020 Great Colleges to Work For
Logo for 2020 Great Colleges to Work For

In the 2020 survey results, Kent State is recognized in three categories – Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities, Workspace and Security; and Work/Life Balance – for large universities with 10,000 or more students. It is the first time that Kent State has been recognized in three categories.

The 2020 results were based on survey responses from more than 41,000 people at 221 institutions (127 four-year private and public colleges and 94 two-year colleges). Kent State is among 79 institutions that achieved the “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition. Other large four-year universities similarly rated as Kent State include Hofstra University, Texas Christian University and University of Notre Dame.

“Kent State provides an outstanding work culture created by our exemplary employees,” said Kent State President Todd Diacon. “Recognized as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes and previously as a ‘Great College to Work For’ by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Kent State’s commitment to a diverse and collaborative community is evident in its inclusive work environment. A vibrant arts, wellness, athletics and host community make it a great and unique place to work.”

Kent State is one of three Ohio institutions to receive this prestigious designation in 2020. Marietta College in Marietta and Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, both private colleges, are recognized with small four-year institutions.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and an anonymous survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

Kent State’s specific distinctions can be found on its college page at

For more information and to view all the results of the 2020 survey, visit The survey results were released in a special insert the week of Sept. 14 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

For more information about Kent State’s work environment, visit its Division of Human Resources page at

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:15 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 12:47 PM
April McClellan-Copeland