Published on: July 09, 2009
Lone Star College System has been listed as one of the best community colleges in the country to work for as part of a survey published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The survey, “Great Colleges to Work For 2009” was based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members, and staff members at 247 institutions, including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities. Colleges were recognized in groups based on enrollment size for specific best practices and policies.
LSCS was recognized for its best practices and policies in three of 15 possible categories for community colleges with 10,000 or more students enrolled. The three categories included: facilities, security and work space; professional/career development programs; and supervisor-department chair relationship.
As part of the category-specific best practices, LSCS was noted for giving employees “the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers” along with its supervisors “making expectations clear and soliciting ideas.”
LSCS also “takes steps to provide a secure environment” while the “appearance of the campus is pleasing” the survey reported.
The assessment process, which also included an analysis of demographic data and workplace policies at each participating college, was administered by ModernThink LLC, a human-resources consulting company in Wilmington, Del. Questionnaires were completed online in March and April and included participation by LSCS personnel.
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the “Great Colleges to Work For 2009” survey of 247 institutions is the second-largest workplace-recognition program in the country, after Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For (353 companies participated in that survey this year).
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. LSCS recently acquired a 1.2 million square foot facility in northwest Harris County to serve multiple purposes, including a new university center, an instructional satellite campus, a Corporate College conference and training facility, and system administration and support space. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.