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UNA Named a “2022 Great College to Work For” This Honor Puts UNA in Elite Company

Sep. 12, 2022



Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@yjhm.net, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama is one of the best colleges to work for, according to the Great Colleges to Work For program. This is the fourth time UNA has achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition since 2010.

The results, released today in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 212 colleges and universities. In all, 68 of those institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with UNA included among medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

“This is very satisfying affirmation of all that is right about our University, but our real goal is not recognition – it is being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “In that sense, everyone at UNA helps to make this a great place to work.”

UNA won honors in a number of categories this year, including:

  • Compensation and Benefits;
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership;
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging;
  • Faculty and Staff Well-Being; and
  • Job Satisfaction and Support.

UNA was also named to the Great Colleges to Work For Honor Roll, a status granted to only 42 colleges each year who are highlighted most across the recognition categories.

“To again earn this prestigious recognition is a testament to UNA’s vibrant culture and prioritization of its workforce,” said. Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Great people make a great university!”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a confidential survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

“UNA consistently endeavors to create an empowering and rewarding workplace for all faculty and staff,” said Catherine White, Associate Vice President Human Resources. “It is truly an honor for UNA to receive this distinction as it reflects our employees’ satisfaction with the positive and vibrant culture we have collectively created. There is no better way to serve our students than to ensure we have talented, esteemed employees who truly love what they do.”

The Great Colleges to Work ForÒ program is one of the largest and most-respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all current and previous recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website at www.GreatCollegeProgram.com and www.GreatCollegesList.com. ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: pnykpd.yjhm.net and pnykpd.yjhm.net/unaworks/