ModernThink underwrites the program so that there is no fee to participate.

To be eligible for participation, institutions must be located in the United States, a not-for-profit, have a student enrollment exceeding 500, and host classes that are predominantly available on campus (as opposed to online). Community colleges are eligible to participate. Online and for-profit schools are not eligible to participate.

The Primary Contact is the main point of contact and is responsible for all survey coordination. The primary contact is also responsible for assuring the completion of the Institution Questionnaire© by the posted deadline.

The Secondary Contact operates as a support role for the Primary Contact.

The IT Contact is responsible for facilitating the technical aspects of the survey process. His or her role includes: white-listing the program domains; IP addresses and email addresses on your institution’s email server, participating in the Connectivity Test performed prior to the survey launch to enable a smooth survey process, and being available during the survey administration period to troubleshoot any technical issues.

No. Because the program is also designed to help colleges improve as workplaces through the individual reports they receive, we name only those institutions that scored well enough to be recognized in any category. You can view the institutions recognized as Great Colleges to Work For at and previously recognized institutions here.

You will receive periodic updates regarding the survey timeline via email, and our website is rich with resources and instructions.

Instructions for generating and submitting your email list are available on the Important Forms & Documents page. All emails will be uploaded by the Primary Contact through the Administrative Portal, which will be available after registration closes in early February.

It typically takes about 18-22 minutes to complete the survey.

Applicants can customize some components of the faculty/staff survey (i.e. adding/customizing demographics and statements/questions) and still use their results as their application for the program. Certain restrictions apply.

If you are interested in learning more about these options and the associated fees, please contact Suzi Schmittlein at or at 302.764.4477.

The IQ is designed to target specific areas of interest. This information enables us to examine which benefits and programs are most effective, identify best practices and compile benchmark data based on different categorizations of the program participants. It is designed to be an audit of policies and management practices. The first time completing the IQ can take up to 10-20 hours. In subsequent years, pieces of your previously submitted IQ data will automatically populate in the form. Generally, this form is completed by institution’s HR and IR staff. Institutions are given two months to complete this form.

There is not a specific response rate needed to be eligible for consideration, instead ModernThink reviews confidence levels and confidence intervals to ensure statistical significance. ModernThink reserves the right to eliminate a school where it believes there is not statistical validity.

On the IQ, ModernThink reserves the right to eliminate a school from recognition potential when there is not substantive completion of the questionnaire.

In order to ensure a level playing field for all participants, incentives of any kind are strictly prohibited. The same is true for any penalties.

All institutions will be notified in advance of publication both as to whether they are recognized and if so, in which categories. The program results, including recognized institutions, will be published in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This is not an issue. We make no distinction between union and non-union employees. Union employees must be included in the random selection for the survey process.

Yes. Paper surveys are not available.

No. In order to protect the confidentiality of all participants, you will not have access to your raw data.

Yes. Recognized institutions may not publicize their results until the week the special insert is released.