Here's a pop quiz: On what national rankings list will you find:
- Lamar University getting equal billing with Duke University?
- Webster University being lauded right next to Cornell University?
- York College of Pennsylvania competing with Rice University?
- University of the Ozarks right up there with Gettysburg College?
As much as I despise the rankings game, these ratings reveal aspects that many of us may never have considered. What rankings am I talking about?
Great Colleges to Work For, 2009 from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Here's the thrust of the ratings' purpose:
CONTENTED EMPLOYEES Administrators, professors, and staff members at many colleges remain upbeat about their jobs, despite the economy, according to The Chronicle's second annual Great Colleges to Work For survey.
GREAT COLLEGES TO WORK FOR, 2009
Nearly 41,000 employees on 247 campuses participated in our survey. See which colleges they say offer the best health benefits and work-life balance, and senior leadership that inspires the most confidence.
* Honor Roll: 4-Year Institutions
* Honor Roll: 2-Year Institutions
* All Recognition Categories
* Editor's Note
* How the Survey Was Conducted
* Demographics of Survey Respondents
* Emory U. Trains Its Own Leaders
* Personal Touches Warm Up Oklahoma City U.
* Inclusiveness Goes a Long Way at Howard Community College
* Gettysburg College Takes Work-Life Balance Seriously
Despite the Economy, Employees Are Upbeat on Many Campuses
The slumping economy has made this perhaps the most difficult year ever to work for a college. Nearly every size and type of institution, rich and poor, has been affected in some way by the lingering financial crisis. The colleges have spread that pain to employees in the form of pay cuts, layoffs, furloughs, and hiring freezes.
The good news is that administrators, professors, and staff members on many campuses remain upbeat about their jobs and employers, at least for now. That's according to data from nearly 41,000 employees on 247 campuses that took part in The Chronicle's second annual Great Colleges to Work For survey. The number of institutions that participated this year nearly tripled . . .
Have you ever considered working for a college or university? Some recent college graduates get their start in the real-world working in the admissions or communications offices of their alma mater. With larger universities, the opportunities are more abundant. The Chronicle provides an especially valuable resource for those looking for openings in higher education: Chronicle Careers. Here's a typical listing from a recent edition that you can find by using the excellent search engine on this site:
Position: Admissions Counselor
Salary: $30,000 to less than $50,000
Institution: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Location: New York
Date posted: 6/30/2009
Application deadline: 7/30/2009
Learn more about this institution in The Chronicle's Employer Profiles section.
Function of Job:
The Admissions Counselor is responsible for achieving specific and departmental enrollment goals by recruiting, admitting, and coordinating the registration of students with emphasis on increasing enrollment from top performing high schools, colleges and corporations.
Duties and Responsibilities :
·S/he will implement recruitment plans
·Meet with guidance, college, transfer and employment counselors.
·Coordinate off and on campus recruiting events
·Follow-up with inquires, and review and assess applicants.
·Participate in prospect management,
·Serve as a liaison between inquiries from prospects' families and
all Polytechnic departments.
·S/he will perform other relevant duties as assigned.
Education & Experience:
·Background and familiarity with the college application/ admissions process
·Experience in recruitment, sales or relevant work experience.
·Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·Analytical and problem solving interpersonal skills
·Computer literate in spreadsheets, e-mail, and word software.
·Willingness and capability to function in long work days, accept overnight, weekend and long distance assignments.
·Valid driver's license.
·Three years' relevant work experience.
·Computer literate in PeopleSoft, banner or other educational software.
So, if you're looking to explore employment at a college or university, the Chronicle is your one-stop shopping resource for both career openings and ratings of the very best places to work. What more could you ask for?
Don't forget to check out all my admissions-related articles and book reviews at College Confidential.