For Sixth Year, Webster University Named Among Best Colleges to Work For

Jul. 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS -For the sixth year in a row, Webster University is one of the best colleges to work for, according to a new workplace survey by "The Chronicle of Higher Education” – the most respected publication serving the academic community.

The results, released in The Chronicle's sixth annual report on “Great Colleges to Work For” in its July 22 issue, are based on a survey of more than 45,000 employees at 300 colleges and universities.

“Recognition as a great place to work results from deep commitments on the part of Webster's faculty and staff to serve students here in St. Louis and in the 60 cities, 8 countries, and 4 continents that Webster students call home,” said Webster University President Elizabeth “Beth” J. Stroble. “I am proud to work with colleagues who advance the institution's mission of addressing unmet needs in times that demand the highest quality education for the greatest number of individuals.”

In all, only 97 of the 300 institutions surveyed achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Webster included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students. 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.

Webster was recognized in the category of compensation and benefits this year. Feedback on the survey lauded Webster for not increasing employee rates for medical, dental, or vision insurance, and also for providing a discount on that insurance for voluntary participation in a health assessment. “Employees also received reimbursements of up to $150 per quarter toward fitness-club and Weight Watchers memberships, personal training, and other wellness activities,” the survey said.

“We are dedicated to creating an environment that fosters individual excellence, inclusivity, and team work,” said Provost, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Schuster. “Our programs such as the Global Leadership Academy; faculty and staff mobility and professional development opportunities are just a few of what make Webster a truly unique workplace.”

Webster students, faculty and staff have the additional benefit of being able to connect with people from around the world.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.