Des Moines University has been named a “2016 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The honor is based on responses of DMU employees to the Chronicle’s “Great Colleges to Work For®” survey, administered by ModernThink LLC. This year, more than 46,000 faculty and staff at 281 public and private four- and two-year institutions participated in the survey.
Of those 281 colleges and universities, only 93 achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. DMU was recognized in the following categories:
• Compensation and benefits
• Facilities, workspace and security
• Tenure clarity and process
Participation in the “Great Colleges” program also lets DMU leaders identify areas for potential improvement. The University participated in the survey in 2010 and 2013; changes that have resulted from faculty and staff feedback include creation of a Staff Organization for non-faculty; development of a faculty/staff code of conduct; an annual “Day of Celebration” for all employees; and development of a shared governance statement.
DMU’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee will review the 2016 survey results and propose recommendations regarding process improvements based on those results.
“Des Moines University is great because of our strong sense of community and collaborative spirit,” says DMU President Angela Walker Franklin, Ph.D. “We fully embrace our core values and demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity and wellness. Focusing on quality, we set a standard for excellence in teaching and learning, and we place the highest priority on respect for the dignity and diversity of the entire campus community. It is truly great because of the people who make us all DMU proud.”