Camarillo, Calif., Aug. 10, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education for a third consecutive year.

A survey released this week in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace rates CI among the top 103 institutions nationwide for its work environment.  CI also earned a spot as one of only 42 institutions on the 2012 Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities that score the highest across multiple categories that contribute to employee satisfaction.

The 2012 rankings are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.  Employees are asked to rate their institutions in areas such as such as job satisfaction; work/life balance; collaborative governance; confidence in senior leadership; professional/career development programs; compensation and benefits; supervisor/department chair relationship; facilities, workspace and security; and respect and appreciation.

“It’s deeply gratifying to have our University receive such high praise and validation from our employees and from The Chronicle of Higher Education for a third consecutive year,” said University President Richard R. Rush.  “We work hard to create an environment that values and recognizes the contributions of every employee.  By focusing on our mission to serve students, everyone at CI collaborates to make this a great place to work.”

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 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.

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.

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.

For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s web site at

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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 by visiting CI's Social Media.