For the second year in a row, Middlesex Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Middlesex Community College is the only community college in the state to receive this recognition.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s sixth annual report on the Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 44,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities.

In all, only 97 of the 300 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed a random sample of MxCC employees who provided answers directly to the publication. Honorees were chosen based on responses to the survey and honored in one or more categories.

“The faculty and staff at Middlesex Community College are hard-working, dedicated professionals who are committed to providing our students the very best collegiate experience possible,” said MxCC president, Dr. Anna Wasescha. “They take great pride in their work and it is reflected in their opinion that MxCC is a ‘great college to work for.’ We’re all very happy to have achieved this distinction for the second year in a row.”

The Chronicle’s 2013 Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes small groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies. Now in its sixth year, the Great Colleges program has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

“The Chronicle’s Great Colleges program provides readers with important information about the colleges and institutions we cover. 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.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.