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2018 Great Colleges Announced!

2018 marks the eleventh year of the Great Colleges to Work For® program. Each year, the Great Colleges program surveys faculty and staff of higher education institutions across the United States to provide senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their institution’s policies and benefits. In Read More »

2017 Great Colleges Announced!

Now in its tenth year, the Great Colleges to Work For® program continues to provide vital data about employee engagement at colleges and universities across the United States. The partnership between The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink LLC has been bringing higher educational leaders valuable insights into fundamental workplace qualities since 2008. This year, Read More »

A Great Place to Work Begins with Great Leadership

This past December, ModernThink partnered with The Chronicle of Higher Education to create a free report on workplace quality based on the past 9 years of data from the Great Colleges to Work For® program. This report was circulated to college and university presidents nationwide. It explored how college and university leaders play a valuable role in Read More »

Indicators of a Culture of Innovation

By Helene Wiswall Perdue, OD Consultant, ModernThink As a function of our work in higher education, we see many strategic plans.  Most of these plans contain some sort of organizational commitment, initiative, or objective related to creating and supporting a culture of innovation.  At some institutions, this commitment manifests itself in the formation of an Read More »

The Pursuit of Happiness (in the Workplace)

“The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.”  ― Leo Rosten, teacher, academic, writer, humorist It has been scientifically proven that happy workers make the best workers. Recognizing the grand impact of higher productivity, many workplaces have Read More »

Impact of Bonuses on Employee Motivation

Conventional wisdom states that one of the best ways to motivate employees is by paying generous bonuses. The media constantly highlights the huge bonuses paid to CEOs and other top executives. Organizations spend millions of dollars every year on bonuses. But is there evidence that bonuses are actually the best way to motivate employees? Bonuses Read More »

The Evolving Role of the Lecture in Higher Education

  The lecture has been a staple of pedagogy since the first formal higher-learning universities were established in Western Europe in the 11th century. Recent studies show that it is still very widely used, but sometimes due more to cost-effectiveness and familiarity than to a belief that it remains a highly effective method of instruction. Read More »