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Housing assistance programs place ASU-Jonesboro
among 2009 "Great Colleges to Work For"
10, 2009 -- Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro is one of 150 institutions of higher education
recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to
Work For program. The announcement was made recently in a special
supplement to the Chronicle. Among the 122 four-year institutions and 26
categories honored, ASU received special distinction for its housing
assistance programs for faculty and staff. The Jonesboro campus is one
of the few in the nation which has a program to provide housing for new
incoming faculty and staff.
The Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes groups of 10 colleges
and universities, based on enrollment, for specific policies and
practices, including compensation and benefits, faculty-administration
relations, and confidence in senior leadership.
Robert Potts, Chancellor of ASU-Jonesboro, stated, “We are pleased with
the number of our faculty and staff who participated in the survey, and
that they reported that ASU is a good place to work. Our administration
and Board of Trustees work hard to provide a positive work environment
and it is rewarding to know that our efforts are recognized. Our
employees are great colleagues and we value them highly.”
Results are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators,
faculty members, and staff members at more than 300 institutions. The
Chronicle of Higher Education requested analysis of the results from
Modern Think LLC, a capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous
“Best Places to Work” programs.
The survey was two-fold with the results from faculty, administration,
and professional support staff paired with institutional demographic and
workplace policies and practices from each institution.
Sandra Bramblett, project program manager for ASU Property Management,
said that Arkansas State University owns homes on the east and west
sides of the campus which provide walking access to classrooms, library,
student union, and all campus destinations. She assists by placing newly
employed faculty and staff in the homes. Bramblett said the occupants
pay rent and utilities and the university maintains lawn care.
“Sometimes there is a waiting list, but we try to fill the homes as soon
as there is an opening,” said Bramblett. “Sometimes residents need a
place to stay temporarily until they can find a permanent home. They can
sign a lease for campus housing for up to six months. After that time,
the lease goes to a monthly rental basis. Also, residents can live in
the homes for three consecutive years. It’s a very unique situation and
not a common procedure among most universities.”
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