ACU ranked among higher ed stand-outs

Posted August 02, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published its 2013 list of the nation's Great Colleges to Work For, and Abilene Christian University has earned recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

ACU is cited in the categories of Work/Life Balance and Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship, both for the flexibility university employees feel they have to manage their work and personal lives, and the excellence of the university's supervisors in making expectations clear and soliciting ideas from their employees.

"We're honored that The Chronicle of Higher Education has again given us this special recognition," says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. "We appreciate the way our university community cultivates such strong bonds with the men and women who lead our departmental teams across campus."

Schubert adds, "ACU is able to fulfill its mission because of the men and women on our faculty and staff who are dedicated to serving Jesus Christ, their families and our students."

The Chronicle surveyed almost 44,000 administrators, faculty members and professional support staff members at 300 institutions of higher learning. The publication also gathered an institutional audit of information on demographics and workplace policies from each institution. ACU is among only 97 four-year institutions honored.

According to The Chronicle, 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 a random sampling of faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The employee feedback was the primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition.

Another recent accolade for the university: Forbes magazine has again ranked ACU among the top 8% of all accredited post-secondary institutions in the country. Among other Church of Christ-affiliated colleges and universities, only Pepperdine joins Abilene Christian on this distinguished list.

In preparing their 2013 roster, Forbes' editors asked the following key questions from a student perspective: "Will my classes be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Once I get out of school, will I get a good job and be a leader in my chosen profession?" The editors explain, "Our sights are set directly on ROI: what are students getting out of college?"

“ACU's prominent placement on the list is yet another indicator: We deliver results that matter,” Schubert says.


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