(Posted July 25, 2016)

President Jim Troha talks with Bob Miller, professor of religion, at a recent event.
President Jim Troha talks with Bob Miller, professor of religion, at a recent event.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College makes it eight in a row as it is honored for the eighth time since 2008 as one of 281 colleges or universities nationwide named as a "Great College to Work For" in the annual Chronicle of Higher Education 2016 survey.

The 2015 poll includes Juniata in its "Small College" category. Indeed, Juniata has been named as a "Great Place to Work" every year since the Chronicle of Higher Education began the poll in 2008.

The "Small College" division (499 employees or fewer) highlighted Juniata in two out of 12 categories. The college was recognized for its "Tenure and Clarity Process" and "Work/Life Balance." The survey is based on responses to the Chronicle from more than 46,000 administrators, faculty members and staff members at about 300 colleges and universities, as well as community colleges, across the country. The poll covered 189 four-year institutions (109 private institutions and 80 public institutions) and 92 two-year institutions.

"Juniata is set apart in a dramatic landscape that rewards those who wish to focus, to explore, and to work with few barriers on the task of educating students in ways that magnify potential and results," says James Troha, president of Juniata. "Our staff and faculty derive their greatest satisfaction from the success of our students, and given the track record of our graduates, such satisfaction occurs in abundance and has for decades."


The Chronicle of Higher Education survey, which was administered by ModernThink LLC, a human resources consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del. that has conducted numerous "Best Places to Work" programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

"Juniata is set apart in a dramatic landscape that rewards those who wish to focus, to explore, and to work with few barriers on the task


To gain recognition as a Great Place to Work, an institution must be recognized in at least one of 12 categories

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, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.

The Chronicle's published survey results named only those institutions that scored high enough to be recognized in a particular category. Of the employees polled nationwide, more than 40,000 faculty, professional staff and administrators completed the surveys.

The colleges and universities participating in the survey were representative of one of five classifications set by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: research universities with "very high" research activity; doctoral/research universities; master's colleges and universities; and baccalaureate colleges for arts and sciences.

Each institution participating in the survey was asked to submit a list of employees randomly selected from administration, faculty and professional support staff. The sample size for the survey was either 400 or 600, depending on the size of the institution.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.