Rollins Named a 2021 “Great College to Work For”

September 14, 2021

By Elsa Wenzel

A Rollins classroom with light filling the room at sunset
Photo by Scott Cook.

For the 13th year in a row, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Rollins a “Great College to Work For.”

Not only is Rollins one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, but it’s also among the best colleges in the nation to seek employment.

According to a recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rollins has been named a “Great Place to Work For.” This is the 13th consecutive year that the College has received the honor.

“Rollins College is a great place to work because we all share a single focus: our students and their success,” says President Grant Cornwell. “Working together to assure that our graduates are empowered to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers, we are proud to contribute to their development as global citizens and responsible leaders. We are also proud of our commitment to a work environment that values responsiveness, respectfulness, collaboration, and competence.”

The results, released in The Chronicle’s 14th annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 196 colleges and universities across the country. In all, only 70 of the institutions were recognized as a Great College to Work For, and Rollins was honored among medium-size universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

“What makes this recognition so special and reaffirming is that it is based on the shared positive workplace experiences and sentiments of our faculty and staff,” says Matt Hawks, Rollins’ associate vice president of human resources and risk management. “We’re even prouder of what this recognition represents: a thriving employee community that is unified in its shared mission and commitment to the success of our students.”

Rollins has also earned special status as a 2021 Honor Roll institution, among only 42 others, for receiving high ratings in multiple categories. Four new survey dimensions were added this year, including diversity and inclusion and faculty and staff well-being. Only 22 other colleges received recognition across nine or more categories. For Rollins, those nine categories include:

  • Job satisfaction and support
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Professional development
  • Mission and pride
  • Supervisor/department chair effectiveness
  • Confidence in senior leadership
  • Faculty and staff well-being
  • Shared governance
  • Diversity, inclusion and belonging

The survey assessments were made in two parts, including eliciting feedback from college faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the main factor in determining the institution’s recognition. Those results were paired with the findings of an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies.

“The leaders at this year’s recognized institutions guided their institutions through unprecedented challenges with vision and transparency, all while modeling a spirit of partnership and genuine care for their fellow colleagues,” says Richard Boyer, principal and managing partner at ModernThink, the consulting firm that carried out the survey with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the most comprehensive and respected workplace-recognition programs in the United States. For more information about Rollins’ recognition and to view all survey results, visit the Great Colleges Program’s website.

To learn more about working at Rollins, visit the College’s human resources website.