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WesternU is a “Great College to Work For” eight years in a row

by Rodney Tanaka

September 16, 2019

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Western University of Health Sciences is one of the best universities in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the “Great Colleges to Work For” program.

WesternU, which has campuses in Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon, has received this honor eight years in a row from The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. WesternU was recognized in the category “Compensation and Benefits.”

“To yet again be recognized as a ‘Great College to Work For’ highlights the WesternU mission: educating health professionals to become highly skilled, humanistic healers,” said WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. “This foundational commitment to humanism and compassion encompasses all who learn and work at our University.”

The results, released today, September 16, 2019, in a special insert of the Chronicle, are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities. In all, 85 of the 236 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies, including 60 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions.

The ”Great Colleges to Work For” survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its twelfth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies. ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

“In the private sector, it’s well documented that employee engagement influences customer satisfaction. There can be little doubt that the day-to-day experience of our faculty and staff influences the experiences of our students,” said Rich Boyer, senior consultant at ModernThink. “The institutions recognized in this year’s ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ program have each found their own key ingredients to engage their faculty and staff to the ultimate benefit of their students.”

The Great Colleges program included a two-part assessment process: a survey (ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©) administered to faculty, administrators, exempt professional and non-exempt staff, as well as adjuncts at two-year colleges, and an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received Great College to Work For recognition was the employee feedback.

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the Great College Program website at

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