Texas Tech Named Great College to Work For®
(VIDEO) Chronicle of Higher Education awards university for achieving excellence in the workplace.
Written by K'Leigh Bedingfield
Texas Tech University recently was recognized as one of the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For® by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Through surveys, Texas Tech was chosen as one of 92 universities in the nation that excels in areas such as leadership, careers, workplace and compensation in the work environment.
“I am so proud of Texas Tech for this special, national recognition,” President M. Duane Nellis said. “We have such great faculty and staff who work together as a team to advance Texas Tech on all fronts.”
The well-respected, workplace-recognition program conducted 43,516 surveys among administrators, faculty members and professional support staff members within each college or university working toward this recognition. Surveys were based on 12 different categories, including confidence in senior leadership, professional/career-development programs, teaching environment, diversity, job satisfaction, respect and appreciation.
After data was gathered, Texas Tech excelled in the teaching environment category, where, according to the surveys, faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.
Jodie Billingsley, managing director of Texas Tech’s Human Resources, credits Texas Tech’s leadership and says that it begins at the top.
“We consider our employees our most valuable asset, and we’re fortunate to have visible and approachable leaders who engage with faculty and staff across campus,” she said. “Achieving The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For® designation is a direct reflection of our involved administration, faculty and staff.”
The Great Colleges to Work For® program was created to provide readers with important information about the colleges and institutions it covers. The Chronicle of Higher Education Editor Liz McMillen says this program provides innovative education experience while also offering employees outstanding workplace experiences.
“The Chronicle is focused more than ever on providing the necessary information that helps our readers make informed choices,” McMillen said. “What we find, year after year in the Great Colleges survey, is that many educators and administrators, too, are thinking more critically about how to improve the cost-effectiveness and workplace efficiency of their institutions. The Chronicle’s reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces.”
President Nellis credits Texas Tech’s national recognition to the leadership and respect the university’s employees acquire.
“We have tremendous leadership in our colleges and departments with our deans and department chairs,” he said. “We have respect for each other for whatever role faculty and staff play at the university. We each contribute to this great national success.
“Congratulations to our faculty and staff. We thank you for all that you do for the Red Raider family.”
Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of four component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.
In 2012, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 43,700 students for the first time in the TTU System’s history. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.