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LATI Named a “2015 Great College to Work For”

Posted on: July 20, 2015   |   Category: News

Designation by The Chronicle of Higher Education Includes Honor Roll Status

Watertown, SD – Lake Area Technical College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to the latest survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the seventh consecutive year Lake Area Technical College has earned this designation. In addition, Lake Area Technical College once again earned the distinction of being an Honor Roll school, a result of its high rankings in the categories surveyed.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities. In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. This includes 62 four-year institutions and 24 two-year institutions. Of those, 42 institutions attained Honor Roll status. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Lake Area Technical College included among the small universities (2,999 students or fewer) category.

Lake Area Technical College won honors in four categories:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Respect & Appreciation
  • Teaching Environment

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Lake Area Technical College, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual working together towards our common goal of student success,” said Lake Area Technical College Vice President Diane Stiles. “In that sense everyone at Lake Area Technical College helps to make this a great place to work.”

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities. “The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback. To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at