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Davenport named one of the Great Colleges

August 27, 2012
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The Chronicle of Higher Education named Davenport University one of the best colleges in the nation to work for earlier this month.

The Chronicle released that finding in its fifth annual Academic Workplace report, a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities nationwide. The results showed that 103 of the 294 schools, or 35 percent, achieved the Chronicle’s “Great College to Work For” status, and Davenport was part of that designation for large universities, which are defined as those with 10,000 students or more. Davenport has more than 12,000 students.

Davenport was recognized for its employee compensation and benefits program and the relationships department supervisors have with their chairs.

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Davenport University. But our real goal is not recognition, it’s to be an organization that values the needs and contributions of each individual. Davenport’s faculty and staff help make this university a great place to work while providing outstanding service to more than 12,000 students across Michigan and online,” said Davenport President Richard Pappas in a statement.

The Chronicle based the results on an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each school, and on a survey it dispensed to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. But the primary factor in determining the results was the feedback the Chronicle received from employees.

The University of Michigan and Siena Heights University were the only other schools in the state to join Davenport on the “Great Colleges” list for 2012. The complete list and more on the designation can be found at chronicle.com/academicworkplace.

“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, editor of the Chronicle.

Prior to being named one of the Great Colleges, Davenport announced it had entered into an agreement with Kuyper College that allows students from each institution to transfer credits toward a bachelor or master degree program at the other school.

A key element of the agreement allows eligible students to earn two degrees, one from each institution, in just five years.

“This partnership degree program is quite unique. It offers students educational opportunities that capitalize on the areas of expertise at both Davenport and Kuyper,” said Pappas.

“This innovative partnership will serve students very well. It is a demonstration that collaboration is an important value and strategy shared by our institutions that will further our respective missions by building on each other’s strengths,” said Nicholas Kroeze, president of Kuyper College.

As an example of how the partnership works, a Kuyper student who earned an Associate of Arts degree can transfer to, say, the nursing pre-licensing program at Davenport and then earn a Bachelor of Science degree in that field.

Other degrees in the partnership include sport ministry and business leadership from Kuyper and Davenport’s sport management, accounting information management and more, including programs at the master’s degree level.

Kuyper College was founded in 1939 as the Reformed Bible Institute. Davenport was founded in 1866. Both are private, nonprofit schools.

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