There is no fee to participate since ModernThink underwrites the program.

The survey is open to both two-year and four-year, not-for-profit institutions in the U.S. with at least 500 students. Community colleges are eligible to participate. Online-only 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. Names of institutions that do not receive recognition will not be made public. 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, specifically the Registered Institutions page and tab in the top menu of the website.

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. Survey takers can exit the survey and return to it at another time, using their username and unique password provided by ModernThink in their email survey invitation.

Yes, many institutions choose to go beyond basic participation in the program to add specific questions, modify demographics and include additional survey takers. Once our core survey is tailored to your institution, it can further meet your needs as a key metric used for climate study, leadership transition, accreditation documentation, etc. 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 when we believe there is not statistical validity from the survey data.

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 as to whether they are recognized and if so, in which categories. These institutions are revealed with the release of the Recognized Institutions List and published as a special insert in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Those that do not receive recognition will not be made public.

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.