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Murray State gets recognized as great employer

Staff report

Murray State University has been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" list for the fifth time.

The 2014 list includes 92 colleges and universities. There were 278 institutions across the country reviewed.

MSU was recognized as an ideal workplace for faculty seeking a career in teaching.

MSU and Eastern Kentucky University were the only four-year Kentucky universities on the list. Somerset Community College was also recognized.

To create the list, a survey was administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The survey also incorporated audit information from each university regarding demographics and workplace policies.

"The reason you see so many professors who have been at Murray State for 20, 30 and even 40 years is that the teaching environment is so positive," Renae Duncan, MSU associate provost for undergraduate education, said in a university statement. "The university administration respects and supports academic freedom and our deans and department chairs work hard to ensure that faculty are supported in such a way that teaching and scholarly activity can be their primary focus. This support of faculty from all side of the university leads to professors who love their jobs."

Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, said that more colleges and universities are trying to improve their workplaces.

More than 43,500 faculty and staff members at institutions across the country were surveyed. A random sample of faculty and staff members at each participating institution was asked to complete a 60-item survey.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled the list annually since 2008.

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