Southwest Mississippi Community College Receives Select Designation for the Second Time

For the second time, Southwest Mississippi Community College has attained status as a “2018 Great College to Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.


The results, released last month in The Chronicle’s 11th annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 253 colleges and universities. The Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most comprehensive workplace studies in higher education and recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.


Only 84 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition.


Dr. J. Steven Bishop, SMCC President says, “Our faculty and staff help to develop a campus culture that is student-centered. Our campus life offers numerous outlets for our students, faculty, and members of our community to be successful. Our employees exhibit a passion for the teaching and learning process. Each program and individual is important here.”


“The Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”


The Great Colleges survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, 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.


For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at


SMCC receives second designation from Great Colleges to Work For