Anderson University Home to One of the Best College Workplaces in the Nation

ANDERSON, SC – For the second consecutive year, Anderson University is among the highest-achieving institutions of higher learning in the United States in terms of employee satisfaction.

AU was again named a Great Colleges to Work For®, and is one of only 42 institutions in the United States named to the program’s prestigious Honor Roll for 2021.


“Anderson University is a great place to work because we change lives—the lives of our students, and the lives they will touch as graduates,” said President Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D. “Anderson is forward-thinking and entrepreneurial. We have increased enrollment nearly 150 percent over the last 15 years as a result of dedicated faculty at the heart of our work, and administrators and staff who are committed to continuous improvement. We have created a rigorous learning environment in a culture of friendliness and hospitality, and the highest ideals of professionalism and civility.”

The Great Colleges to Work For® program is one of the largest and most recognized workplace recognition programs for colleges and universities in the nation. Now in its 14th year, it recognizes the institutions that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies.

AU received high marks in 9 of the 10 core dimensions: Confidence in Senior Leadership; Faculty & Staff Well-being; Professional Development; Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging; Job Satisfaction & Support; Shared Governance; Faculty Experience; Mission & Pride; and Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness.

Across the nation, 196 colleges participated in the 2021 ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©. Anderson University is one of only two institutions in South Carolina named to the Great Colleges to Work For 2021® Honor Roll.

The Great Colleges to Work For® program was designed to recognize colleges that have been successful in creating great workplaces, and to further research and understand the factors, dynamics and influences that have the most impact on organizational culture in higher education.

At the core of the program was a two-part assessment process. The first component was a faculty/staff survey (The ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©). The survey was sent to over 87,000 faculty and staff, with an overall response rate of 44%. Of the responses received, 6,428 of them were administrators, 12,229 were faculty, 11,827 were exempt staff, 6,709 were non-exempt staff, and 1,436 were adjunct faculty.


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