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CSUSB Named A “2012 Great College To Work For”

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – California State University, San Bernardino joined elite company when it was named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace based its results on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities. In all, only 79 four-year colleges and universities of the 294 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions.

CSUSB’s excellence was noted in the facilities, workspace and security category, which recognizes campuses where facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment. “This is a very satisfying affirmation of the environment that’s been created and maintained at Cal State San Bernardino, especially as I retire from the university this month,” said CSUSB President Albert Karnig. “The entire CSUSB campus community shares in this tribute, which is a salute to the extraordinary spirit of collegiality and cooperation among our faculty, staff and students. Despite multiple years of budget challenges, this has been an outstanding place to work and grow, and I’m delighted to have that recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

“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, The Chronicle’s editor. 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 the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. 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 Web site at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace. Cal State San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.

The “value added” by a CSUSB education ranks in the top 4 percent in the nation, according to the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a sequence of tests used by hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide that measure student learning in the freshman and then in the senior year. First-to-second year retention rates are third highest among all CSU campuses. The university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctoral program. In recent years, CSUSB added its first doctorate (educational leadership), engineering program (computer science and engineering) and M.F.A. programs in creative writing and studio art/design. Every CSUSB academic program that is eligible has earned national accreditation. The university also is home to the 2011 California Professor of the Year (Stuart Sumida).

Cal State San Bernardino has seen records in enrollment, diversity of faculty and students, grant and contract funding, overhead funds, fundraising and international programs development. CSUSB ranks as the second safest among all 33 public universities in California.

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