Lone Star College named 2019 Great Colleges to Work For®

By: Bill Van Rysdam
| Published 09/18/2019

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HOUSTON, TX -- Lone Star College was named one of the 2019 Great Colleges to Work For® by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the third consecutive year.

“Lone Star College has worked very hard to encourage collaboration and nurture a culture that values and respects all employees,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “This effort leads to greater student success.”

Lone Star College also received special designation as an Honor Roll institution, one of only four two-year large colleges to be cited most often across all recognition categories.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in partnership with ModernThink, LLC, gathers data directly from employees about what makes their institution a great place to work. The data collected provides senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and benefits.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution receives recognition is the employee feedback.

“The institutions recognized in this year’s Great Colleges to Work For program don’t wait for problems to occur to pay attention to their people,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “Conversely, they’re intentional (and successful!) in being good stewards of their institutions’ cultures and shaping the day-to-day experience of their faculty and staff to the ultimate benefit of their students.”

LSC was recognized in 10 categories:

1. Collaborative Governance

2. Professional/Career Development Programs

3. Teaching Environment

4. Facilities, Workspace & Security

5. Job Satisfaction

6. Work/Life Balance

7. Confidence in Senior Leadership

8. Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship

9. Respect and Appreciation

10. Diversity

The Chronicle’s 2019 Great Colleges to Work For® survey is based on responses from 236 institutions comprised of 152 four-year colleges and 84 two-year colleges. In all, 85 institutions were recognized as 2019 Great Colleges to Work For®, including 60 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions. Only 42 institutions of higher education received the special Honor Roll designation, being recognized as standouts in their size categories.

LSC developed LSCFocus, a leader-led process designed to create a culture of accountability and achieve key organizational results. This intentional focus on culture and use of several very simple culture management tools allows LSC to make the needed cultural shifts to meet its goals.

“We understand our greatest asset is our ‘human capital,’” said Head. “I am very proud of the way our faculty and staff members demonstrate their commitment to our students’ day-to-day experience.”

The 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 Great Colleges Program website at GreatCollegesProgram.com.

About The Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Chronicle of Higher Education is dedicated to serving the higher-education community with insights, understanding and intellectual engagement. Academic leaders and professionals from around the world trust the Chronicle’s analysis and in-depth exploration to make informed decisions.

About ModernThink LLC:
As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions. Learn more at ModernThink.com.

About Lone Star College:
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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