Baylor University Earns Honor Roll Designation as a Great College to Work For
WACO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2022) – For the 11th time, Baylor University has attained elite Honor Roll status as a 2022 Great College to Work For, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program.
The results – released today at GreatCollegesList.com and in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education on Sept. 16 – are based on a survey of 212 colleges and universities. In all, 68 of the 212 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Baylor is among only 42 institutions named to the Honor Roll as the standouts in their size categories. Baylor is included in the large university category with 10,000 or more students.
The Great Colleges to Work For® program is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its 15th year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies.
Baylor was cited on the 2022 Honor Roll in seven categories:
Job Satisfaction & Support: Satisfaction with job fit, autonomy and resources, which are essential to an engaged workforce.
Compensation & Benefits: Fair compensation and benefits play an important role in employees feeling valued and respected.
Professional Development: Support for faculty and staff professional development, including onboarding processes, professional development opportunities and support for career development, which are critical to building organizational capacity and supporting individual development needs.
Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness: Managers provide clear direction and constructive feedback, ensuring effective communication and equitable treatment, among the most important factors influencing whether an employee is truly engaged.
Confidence in Senior Leadership: Faculty and staff expressed confidence in the capabilities and credibility of senior leadership, including the president and direct reports.
Mission & Pride: Understanding an institution’s mission and how one’s job impacts that mission drive faculty and staff engagement, level of pride in being associated with the institution and the willingness to recommend the institution as an employer.
Faculty & Staff Well-being: Impact of one’s employment experience on their well-being, such as the opportunity to do meaningful work, the support for work/life balance and the experience of a safe working environment.
“Baylor University’s mission challenges us with a call to excellence,” said President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “The Baylor family of faculty and staff commit their time and talents to create a caring community dedicated to leadership, service, academic excellence and Christian commitment. Beyond the privilege of preparing our students to be leaders and servants throughout the world, employees enjoy an active community, stability, investments in employee success and outstanding benefits, all of which make Baylor a Great College to Work For.”
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.
“After 15 years of conducting The Great Colleges to Work For program, we have keen insight into many of the factors and dynamics that contribute to a truly engaged workforce: a compelling vision, inspiring leadership and a strong sense of community,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner at ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm that administered the survey and analyzed the results. “This year’s recognized institutions add to that list, demonstrating a tenacious commitment to doing right by their employees and modeling resiliency in a time of continued uncertainty and unforeseen challenges.”
Baylor employs more than 3,000 faculty and staff, who are offered a wide range of benefits that complement pay, including medical insurance and other core insurance benefits, a retirement plan that includes a 10.8% university contribution for faculty and staff, tuition remission, flexible spending accounts, paid time off and free parking.
In 2018, Baylor extended the University’s generous leave program to include paid bereavement leave and paid military/emergency responder leave, along with paid parental leave and an adoption assistance program implemented in 2017 to reflect the University’s continued commitment to the cultivation of a caring community.
In January 2020, Baylor implemented revised leave policies to better support the needs of eligible employees and to help attract and retain the best talent. The changes include providing more immediate access to paid leave time, increasing paid parental leave from four weeks to six weeks and adding up to four weeks of paid caregiver leave to be used for serious health conditions, maternity/prenatal and military-related demands. Baylor also recognizes 10 University holidays, including the addition of the Juneteenth holiday in 2022.
Additional benefits include discounted or free admission to certain athletic events; free use of campus recreation and University Libraries; wellness programs; an employee assistance program (EAP); discounts on campus dining, Baylor Theatre and School of Music performances, museums and bookstore; and many other benefits that add value to the total compensation and well-being of faculty and staff, their families and retirees.
About Baylor University
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.