For the third consecutive year, MGH Institute of Health Professions has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The results of the prestigious education magazine’s report, the 2012 Great Colleges to Work For™ survey, are based on a survey of almost 50,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities across the United States.
“Being named for the third year in a row as a ‘Great College to Work For’ is an affirmation from our faculty and staff of our strategic commitment to being a ‘preferred place to work’,” said President Janis P. Bellack. “We are proud that the MGH Institute is considered a great place to work, and will continue to strive that it remains so.”
In all, only 103 institutions in the United States achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. The MGH Institute was included in the Small Colleges division for schools that have fewer than 3,000 students.
This year, the MGH Institute received special recognition for the following categories:
- Compensation & Benefits, defined as employees being paid a fair wage and benefits meet the needs of employees, and
- Facilities, Workspace & Security, defined as facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment.
Department of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor D.J. Mattson, DPT, EdD, SCS, Chair of the Faculty Senate, noted a culture of collaboration among faculty, staff, and administration as a key reason for the excellent teaching and learning facilities and supportive work environment at the Institute. The teaching-learning environment was recently enhanced by a state-of-the-art interactive classroom and physical therapy labs in the school’s newest academic space at 2 Constitution Center, located adjacent to the USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard on the historic Boston waterfront.
Assistant Director of Admissions Anthony Miceli, Chair of the Staff Council, noted the generous employee benefits for healthcare and retirement, and the benefit of additional paid time off during the December holiday break and summer Fridays. He also praised the Institute's regular reviews of salary benchmarks and adjustments to ensure that employees are being paid in line with peers in other organizations.
The Chronicle’s 2012 Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes small groups of colleges, based on enrollment size, for specific best practices and policies. 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, professional support staff, and administrators. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.
Now in its fifth year, the Great Colleges program has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.
MGH Institute of Health Professions this year is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its founding by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977. An affiliate of Partners HealthCare, the MGH Institute is aprogressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education. The Boston health sciences graduate school prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice, and research. More than 1,100 students are enrolled in graduate level and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The MGH Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
[Editor's Note: This press release was provided by the MGH Institute of Health Professions.]