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UK Again Earns ‘Great College to Work For’ Honor, Recognized in 9 Categories

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2021) — The University of Kentucky remains a great college to work for, according to a survey conducted by ModernThink. 

This is the fourth consecutive year UK has received the honor. This year, UK was recognized in a record nine categories, earning a place on the honor roll. 

Now in its 14th year, the Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies. Among 196 participating colleges and universities, 70 institutions were recognized as a great college to work for. Of those, 42 institutions were named to the honor roll. 

“It takes courage to lead,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner at ModernThink. “And the 2021 Great Colleges to Work For participants demonstrated remarkable courage, commitment and optimism in their decisions to participate in a ‘great place to work program’ in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. There’s much to learn from these remarkable institutions and their inspirational leaders.” 

UK was recognized for excellence in nine categories: 

  • Job Satisfaction & Support 

  • Compensation & Benefits 

  • Professional Development 

  • Mission & Pride 

  • Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness 

  • Confidence in Senior Leadership 

  • Faculty & Staff Well-being 

  • Shared Governance 

  • Faculty Experience 

The results are based on a survey of 1,200 randomly selected faculty and staff in the spring. They were asked to provide their honest feedback on UK as a workplace. 

“Earning this high achievement is a testament to the supportive and collaborative culture we work toward every day,” said Kim Wilson, vice president and chief human resources officer. “While we have all faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, our faculty and staff have remained resilient and focused on our mission to support all of those who rely on our university.” 

"As we develop our next strategic plan, this a compelling example of one of our principles — supporting our people," President Eli Capilouto said. "After all, when our people are successful we can do more to advance Kentucky."

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

Pete Comparoni | 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.