Centre College: A top-30 most promising place to work in student affairs
Centre College has once again been recognized as a top-30 Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. This is the second year in a row that the College has received this recognition.
The ranking comes from a partnership between Diverse magazine and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), which conducted a national study with help from the Center for Inclusion, Diversity & Academic Success (IDEAS) at Ohio State University.
The study concentrated on work environment, workplace diversity and staffing practices, using a web-based survey method to measure family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities among various institutions.
Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays, a 21-year veteran of Centre’s Student Life office, was not surprised by the Top-30 ranking.
“I’m still here—and still learning,” Hays said. “It’s been a place that has become home in many ways. I’ve been able to grow professionally and personally, and I think that’s part of the culture here.
“Here at Centre, there’s an understanding of and appreciation for what we do as educators ‘outside the classroom,’” Hays continued. “That’s not always true for student affairs professionals.”
The student life office includes counseling services, residence life and new student orientation. These offices have a direct, positive impact on students and help to shape the Centre community.
“The work we do here stems from a genuine affection for this place, for each other and a respect for the differences that unite us all. Are we perfect? Of course not, but we’re committed to growing and learning together.”
by Anne Evans