McPherson College named "Great College to Work For"

By Chris Swick
July 22, 2015

McPherson College has been nationally recognized as a 2015 Great College to Work For.

The distinction comes from the publication The Chronicle of Higher Education and honors McPherson College in four categories: Job Satisfaction, Professional/Career Development Programs, Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship and Work/Life Balance.

“McPherson College is more than just a place to work; it is a community dedicated to a common mission,” Schneider said. “We seek to develop whole persons through scholarship, participation, and service. Our community shares a lifestyle that supports the raising of families and nurturing of friendships – all while educating the next generation of leaders.”

Among some of the benefits afforded to MC employees that the Chronicle says makes it such a great place to work are generous vacation and sick time benefits; a 10 percent institutional retirement contribution; an “opportunity fund” for college employees to pursue new ideas to improve MC; a sabbatical program for faculty to take “time off” from teaching courses for professional development; opportunities for open feedback and critique to college leadership; possibilities for flexible work scheduling; a robust employee assistance program and other employee benefits; and close cooperation between college administration and college departments in planning and direction.

Dr. Kim Stanley, faculty chair at MC and professor of English and communication, said she appreciated that the employees of McPherson College focus on students.

“People here speak of students with respect and affection,” Dr. Stanley said. “When a student has a problem, we work together to solve it. When a student has a success, we all brag about it and feel good.”

McPherson College was the only Kansas institution to receive the honor this year.