Camarillo, Calif., July 22, 2013 – For the fourth consecutive year, CSU Channel Islands (CI) has been named a "Great College to Work For" in a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The recognition, released today in The Chronicle's sixth annual report on The Academic Workplace, ranks CI among the top 97 institutions in the nation for its work environment. The results are based on a survey of more than 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities.

"This is a wonderful affirmation of the great culture we've created in just over a decade at CSU Channel Islands and of the 750 employees who have built it with their talent, commitment and enthusiasm," said CI President Richard R. Rush. "By staying focused on our mission to serve our students, we are united in a deeply gratifying team effort."

The Chronicle is regarded as the nation's most important source of news about colleges and universities. Its annual Great Colleges to Work For survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback. CI earned top ratings from employees for its compensation and benefits.

"The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them," said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle's editor.

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 of employees nationwide.

"It's easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it's when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested," said Richard Boyer, principal and managing partner of ModernThink LLC. "Those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent."

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle's Web site at http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-To-Work-For/140369/#id=big-table

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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/