This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education released its ranking of the 2017 Great Colleges to Work For. The results are based on a survey conducted by ModernThink of responses from more than 45,000 professionals within 232 U.S. higher education institutions, as well as information from the U.S. Department of Education. This year, the Chronicle recognizes 79 colleges and universities, of which 42 are named to its honor roll. This ranking is always interesting to see, especially for us here at Helbling, as representing organizations within higher education to secure facilities executives is a major part of our business. We also like to see which institutions have their facilities noted one of their positive aspects that helped them to achieve the Chronicle’s ranking.
Facilities has always been a significant aspect of higher education institutions. But today, as green building, sustainability, innovative technologies, security, and upscale residential housing have evolved, facilities are capturing more attention than ever from students and parents. Having upgraded and attractive facilities is a competitive aspect among higher education, and schools that understand this are being proactive with their capital building and facilities management programs, while also analyzing the return on investment of such initiatives. But, there’s little doubt money spent on developing and maintaining appealing and well-functioning facilities pays off when recruiting prospective students and retaining existing ones.
While the Chronicle breaks down its rankings by small, medium, and large entities, below we highlight the large institutions and the aspects that got them to the top 10. We are happy to report that facilities, workspace, and security play a positive factor in seven of them. We congratulate all of them on a job well done!
Read more about the Chronicle’s full rankings.