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Santiago Canyon College Recognized for a Second Year as a Great College to Work For


​​The Chronicle of Higher Education Places Orange College on Its Honor Roll

(Orange, CA) - Santiago Canyon College is a great college to work for, according to a recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results released on July 18 in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities, with only 93 of the institutions achieving “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Santiago Canyon College included among the large colleges and universities with 10,000 or more students. SCC received this designation for the second consecutive year. It was also named as one of 42 institutions recognized as “Great Colleges to Work for Honor Roll”.

This designation honors the institutions that The Chronicle considers as the “best of the best”. The colleges recognized with this honor continually received high marks across multiple survey categories.

“At Santiago Canyon College, we work collaboratively to create a workplace where employees feel respected and valued, and the results of this survey tell us again that we are achieving our goals,” said John Hernandez, SCC interim president. “This award is especially meaningful because it is the second time in two years that the college has earned this honor.”

Nine years in, Great Colleges to Work For® is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. This program recognizes colleges that get top ratings from their employees. In 2016, the annual report was based on a survey of over 46,000 people at 281 institutions: 189 four-year universities and colleges and 92 two-year colleges.

Based on survey results, SCC was recognized in the following 10 categories:

  • Collaborative governance
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Confidence in senior leadership
  • Facilities, workspace, and security
  • Job satisfaction
  • Professional and career development programs
  • Respect and appreciation
  • Supervisor/ department chair relationships
  • Teaching environment
  • Work/life balance

The survey is based on a two-part assessment process. The first part is an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies. Then, a survey is administered to full-time faculty, administration, exempt professional staff, and a random sample of both non-exempt staff, and adjunct-faculty. The primary factor in determining whether to recognize an institution was 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 employees nationwide.

Great Places to Work For® is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 14,000 credit and non-credit students each semester. 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. to learn more.

About The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top professional source for news, jobs, and information for college and university administrators and faculty. The Chronicle provides institutions with multiple paths to effectively communicate and engage with the largest audience and most influential decision makers in higher education in print and online. Visit to learn more.

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

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