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UK named 'Great College to Work For' for 5th consecutive year

Watch why, once again, the University of Kentucky receives national accolades for a being a great place to work.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2022) — The University of Kentucky remains a great college to work for, according to a survey conducted by ModernThink. 

This is the sixth time — and fifth consecutive year — UK has received the honor.

Now in its 15th year, the Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies. Among 212 participating colleges and universities, 68 institutions were recognized as a great college to work for.

“After 15 years of conducting The Great Colleges to Work For program, we have keen insight into many of the factors and dynamics that contribute to a truly engaged workforce…a compelling vision, inspiring leadership and a strong sense of community,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner at ModernThink. “This year’s recognized institutions add to that list, demonstrating a tenacious commitment to doing right by their employees and modeling resiliency in a time of continued uncertainty and unforeseen challenges.”

UK was recognized for excellence in three categories: 

  • Compensation & Benefits 
  • Shared Governance 
  • Faculty Experience 

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured employment data 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.

“Taking care of our people is one of the principles of our strategic plan,” said Gina Dugas, UK acting vice president and chief human resources officer. “It is so gratifying to receive this recognition because it is based on the direct feedback of our faculty and staff. This recognition is further evidence of the progress we continue to make supporting our employees to do their vital work every day.”

“This recognition is a reminder that it is our people that make this place so powerful,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Thank you for all you do to make this place the university of, for and with Kentucky.”

The complete list of recognized institutions will be published in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education this Friday.

photo of UK employees petting Hudson, UK K-9
UK employees greet Hudson, UK Police therapy K-9, during UK Appreciation Day on May 26, 2022. Arden Barnes | UK Photo.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.