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July 6, 2009

Birmingham-Southern named one of the top 10 small colleges in America in Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges Program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College is one of the top 10 small colleges in America and one of only 39 colleges overall named to the Honor Roll in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 Great Colleges to Work For program. The results of the second-annual national survey independently administered to all BSC faculty and staff were announced today in a special supplement published by The Chronicle.

Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges ProgramThe Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes colleges and universities for specific best practices and policies in the workplace, such as compensation and benefits, faculty-administration relations, and confidence in senior leadership.

The Honor Roll, a new feature to this year's program, highlights the top 10 colleges in small, medium, and large enrollment categories based on the number of times they were named in the 26 individual recognition categories. Birmingham-Southern ranked in the top 10 in 18 of the 26 recognition categories among colleges with fewer than 3,000 students, ranking it at the top of the small colleges category with the University of the Ozarks.

Birmingham-Southern tied for third among all institutions in the survey in the number of top-10 recognitions.

BSC ranked in the top 10 in the categories of: Job Satisfaction, Healthy Faculty-Administration Relations, Collaborative Governance, Facilities and Security, Supervisor-Department Chair Relationship, Overall Satisfaction with Benefits, Tuition Reimbursement, Housing Assistance Program, 403b or 401k, Post Retirement Benefits, Work-life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Internal Communications, Connection to Institution and Pride, Perception of and Confidence in Fair Treatment, Respect and Appreciation, Tenure Clarity and Process, and Policies, Resources, and Efficiency.

The survey results were based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty and staff members at 247 institutions of higher learning.

“Despite the down economy, colleges are still hiring,” says Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Through this program, The Chronicle is able to provide more information to job seekers about the colleges that are the leading innovators when it comes to providing a rewarding work environment.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a leading source of higher education news and information. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle publishes a daily Web site, a weekly newspaper, a weekly magazine of ideas, and produces newsletters and events.

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