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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

For Immediate Release

Subject:  The Chronicle of Higher Education Names C of O to Its 2014 “Great Colleges to Work For” List

C of O Best Work PlaceAccording to The Chronicle of Higher Education, College of the Ozarks is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for.

The results, released in its July 25 issue and seventh annual report on the academic workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities.

College of the Ozarks received an “Honor Roll” ranking in the list for recognition in seven of the twelve categories The Chronicle measured, including compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leadership, facilities, workspace and security, job satisfaction, professional/career development programs, supervisor/department chair relationship and work/life balance.

“The College is a desirable place to work because of its longtime purpose/vision: “to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working and patriotic,” said C of O President Jerry C. Davis.  “This fosters a workplace where Christ, students and employees are honored.”

The results are based upon a two-part assessment process—an institutional audit that captured the 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 institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences—while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences, and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

With a student enrollment just under 1,400, College of the Ozarks employs 88 full-time faculty members, 57 adjunct instructors, 13 administrators and 168 staff members.

“While benefits and salary are certainly factors in employment longevity, many employees would say their loyalty is due to the satisfaction of spending their working careers with an employer that is making a tangible, positive difference,” said Dr. Davis.

Since 1906, the College’s mission has been to “to provide the advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.”

“It makes it worthwhile to work here because of the quality students,” said assistant dairy farm manager and agriculture instructor Bryan Cizek. “It’s fun to come to work, knowing that the College is dedicated to its mission, and we’re all going for the same goal.”

Great Colleges to Work For® is one of the largest and respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.


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