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Ohio State recognized as one of 'Great Colleges to Work For'

The Ohio State University, the nation's largest campus, has been named as one of the top employers according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's inaugural 2008 "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. The university was recognized as a top-five employer in five of the publication's survey categories, including compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leaders, health insurance, housing assistance programs and life insurance.

"To become one of the nation's premier universities, we know that we need to provide the best workplace possible for our faculty and staff," said Larry Lewellen, associate vice president for Human Resources. "We are delighted to rank so highly but recognize that we still have work to do."

According to Lewellen, the university recently initiated a survey of all of its employees with the goal of identifying areas for further workplace improvements.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is touting its survey as academe's version of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, though it avoided any overall rankings. Only those institutions that scored well enough to be recognized in any given category were named.

As indicated by The Chronicle of Higher Education, more than 15,000 administrators, faculty and staff at 89 colleges and universities responded to their online questionnaire conducted earlier this spring. The colleges were then compared to one another and classified based on employee numbers: small (499 or fewer employees), medium (500 to 2,499 employees) and large (2,500 or more).

Founded in 1870, Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 52,000 students enrolled at its main Columbus campus, 18 colleges and 170 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions. The university has more than 36,000 employees at its Columbus campus.