West Michigan colleges rate as Great Colleges to Work For


Members of the Davenport University faculty and staff prepare for a Business Professionals of America competition. Courtesy Davenport University

Two West Michigan colleges have been named Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College join three other Michigan colleges on the 97-school list: University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Siena Heights University.

Davenport is recognized in several categories for 2013: compensation and benefits, supervisor/department chair relationship and respect and appreciation.

GRCC is recognized in the compensation and benefits category.

Average annual salary

Davenport University

Administrators: $79,310

Exempt professionals: $44,634

Full-time faculty: $67,367


Administrators: $83,764

Exempt professionals: $55,660

Full-time faculty: $91,650

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013


The Chronicle based the findings on a survey of about 45,000employees at 300 colleges and universities nationwide.

The survey findings are based on an institutional audit of the school demographics and workplace policies and a survey of school administrators, faculty and support staff.

The Chronicle, working through the human capital consulting firm ModernThink, recognized schools in 12 categories.

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Davenport University’s ongoing commitment to our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, Davenport president. “To achieve our ambitious vision for this university, our faculty and staff need to be engaged and in synch with where we’re going. Bricks and mortar are important, but it’s our people who will have the greatest impact on students, as we help them achieve success in the classroom and in their careers.”

GRCC President Steven Ender said, “Our talented faculty and staff are the key reasons so many in the community find success at GRCC. All of us — employees, administrators and students — have benefitted from the stimulating and collaborative work environment here.”

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