Second Consecutive Year: Gannon University Is One Of The Best Colleges In The Nation To Work For

Posted: July 18, 2016

For the second consecutive year, Gannon University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Colleges to Work For.

The results were released in the Chronicle's 2016 annual report on The Academic Workplace, which recognizes colleges and universities for specific best practices and policies. Gannon University received recognition in two of the 12 categories measured.

Gannon was newly recognized for professional and career development programs, being cited for giving employees the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.

For the second consecutive year, Gannon University was recognized for confidence in senior leadership having the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the institution.

This year, 93 institutions are recognized as a Great College to Work For, including 68 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions. The feedback of employees was the primary factor in determining whether an institution received recognition as a Great College to Work For.

The academic year that just concluded saw the University achieve the largest enrollment since 1992 (4,416 students), and a record-breaking 906 degrees awarded at Spring Commencement. Gannon also had the lowest tuition increase rate since the 1977-78 academic year.

New undergraduate and graduate academic programs were introduced along with several exceptional learning environment renovations and openings to support them, including the dedication of Gannon's second campus in Ruskin, Florida in August 2015 that is home to its new occupational therapy doctorate program.

For the tenth consecutive year, Gannon University was named as the only "Best Value School" in Western Pennsylvania in the 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges."

All accredited U.S. institutions are invited to participate in the Great Colleges survey, conducted by ModernThink LLC, a human resources consulting firm in Wilmington, Delaware. For the 2016 survey, employees at 281 colleges and universities were included in a two-part assessment process: the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey of faculty, administrators and professional support staff and an institutional audit that captured demographics, and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a Great Colleges to Work For recognition was the feedback provided by employees.

Created in 2008, Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle's website at