Great Colleges to Work For

What is it?

Great Colleges to Work ForGCWF_Logo_Clr_2016_Plural_R is an annual survey conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education that seeks to quantify which colleges truly offer outstanding workplaces as it collects information about employee satisfaction and institutional policies and practices – which in turn allows us to evaluate ourselves and compare our results against other institutions. The Chronicle contracts with a vendor (ModernThink) to ensure anonymity.

A chance to be honored (and we have been)

The program also features nationwide results in a special summer issue of the Chronicle, featuring schools that have qualified as a “Great College to Work For.” USC has been honored every year in at least one or more categories, which benefits us by boosting recruitment and retention efforts.

Who participates, and why it’s important

Randomly-selected employees (including administrators, faculty, and staff) will receive an invitation to complete the survey, which will be available next spring. You are not required to respond – but we certainly hope you do, as the more responses received, the more meaningful (and “actionable”) the feedback is. Your responses will help USC identify areas needing attention and improvement (as well as provide us an opportunity for further recognition), and higher response rates provide a clearer understanding of employee needs and opinions.

How long will it take me to complete the survey?

The survey consists of 60 statements divided into 15 topics. It also includes 15 benefit satisfaction statements, 2 open-response questions and 15 demographic questions. It typically takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. See a sample survey.

Will my results remain confidential?

If you receive an invitation to participate, remember that your responses are completely anonymous throughout the process and always. No one at USC will ever see them. All response information is handled by ModernThink and reported back to USC in the form of aggregate reports, with no identifying information. Read details on how your privacy is protected.

What will USC do with the results?

Along with celebrating any recognition we might earn, the university will analyze both strengths and weaknesses as revealed in the results, and take steps to build a stronger work environment. This effort may involve employee discussion or focus groups to help decide action steps, as well as other methods that allow for thoughtful response, good planning, and meaningful action in response to your feedback.

Have your say!

Your voice is important to us, so let it be heard! More information on next spring’s survey will be available soon. After that, look for more on results and outcomes on the Employee Gateway and this website.