Murray State University (MSU) is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released today in The Chronicle’s fourth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities.

This year represents the second time Murray State has participated in the survey and marks MSU’s appearance as one of only 111 institutions to achieve “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. The university also gained recognition during its earlier participation in 2009.

Murray State is included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students and is one of only two Kentucky public universities named to the list. Eastern Kentucky University is the other.

Recognized in the Leadership and Professional categories, MSU was noted specifically for being outstanding in “Confidence in Senior Leadership” and “Professional/Career Development Programs.”

“We’re obviously very pleased with this distinction and proud of our excellent faculty and staff who ultimately make our campus a creative and productive place to work,” said Dr. Randy J. Dunn, MSU president. “I’m particularly grateful that the survey results validate the significant investment in professional development we’ve made — and will continue to make — here at MSU. Too, the leadership recognition we received shows that our attempts to create a culture of greater transparency and trust pay dividends throughout the university community.”

The Chronicle is considered one of the nation’s most significant sources of news about colleges and universities.

“With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on — unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” said Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle’s editor.

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.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle, which is based in Washington, D.C., 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.