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WWU Named a ‘2018 Great College to Work for’ by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Western Washington University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

chron logoThe results, released in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 faculty and staff at 278 colleges and universities. 

“We’re proud to once again be recognized among the best places to work in higher education.  The credit for that goes directly to our outstanding faculty and staff, who share a deep dedication to serving our students and creating a caring and inclusive environment.  Mutual respect and collaboration are defining aspects of our campus culture, so working at Western does feel like being a part of something bigger than oneself,” said Western President Sabah Randhawa.

Western, which now has been recognized four out of the last five years, won honors in two categories:

  • Teaching Environment
  • Tenure Clarity and Process


Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Western Washington University included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.  The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

“Western is a great place to work because of university employees’ dedication, professionalism and appreciation for the importance of providing the best campus possible for our students,” said Chyerl Wolfe-Lee, assistant vice president for Human Resources.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at

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