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Santiago Canyon College Named to List of “2019 Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education


​​The College was also awarded “Honor Roll” status based on employee feedback

(Orange, CA) -- For the fifth consecutive year, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) has been selected as one of “The Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. SCC was also awarded “Honor Roll” status for the fifth consecutive year.

This year, SCC was one of 85 nationwide institutions recognized as “2019 Great Colleges to Work For” which included 60 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions. Additionally, SCC was one of 42 schools awarded Honor Roll status which recognizes high employee ratings across multiple categories.

“The institutions recognized in this year’s “Great Colleges to Work For” program don’t wait for problems to occur to pay attention to their people,” said ModernThink senior consultant Rich Boyer. “Conversely, they’re intentional (and successful!) in being good stewards of their institutions’ cultures and shaping the day-to-day experience of their faculty and staff to the ultimate benefit of their students.”

Drawing institutional data from colleges and the U.S. Department of Education, ModernThink LLC, on behalf of The Chronicle, surveyed 236 institutions – 152 four-year and 84 two-year – to determine two- and four-year college excellence in specific categories. SCC was recognized for its: Collaborative Governance; Compensation and Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace and Security; Job Satisfaction and Support; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Teaching Environment and Work/Life Balance.

“These designations, based on employee feedback, honor those institutions that The Chronicle considers to be the 'best of the best,' said SCC President Dr. John Hernandez. “To be recognized in 10 of the 11 two-year college categories is a testament to SCC’s reputation for delivering high-quality education due, in large part, to the faculty, staff and administrators who have chosen to contribute their talents to enrich our school and who are confident that they are making a difference in the lives of our students every day.”

SCC has earned both “Great Colleges to Work For” and Honor Roll designations in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, each of the years the school has participated in the program. The full result of the “2019 Great Colleges to Work For” are available at ​

The Great Colleges program included a two-part assessment process: a survey (ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey©) administered to faculty, administrators, exempt professional and non-exempt staff, as well as adjuncts at two-year colleges; and an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a "Great College to Work For" recognition was the employee feedback.

About ModernThink LLC:
As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide
variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions. Learn more at ​

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked No. 13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice and is currently ranked No. 3 in California by, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.


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