Highline College is one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the top national and international news source for colleges and universities.

Highline is among 86 institutions honored by The Chronicle for 2015 and is one of only three colleges in Washington state recognized this year. Highline is also the only two-year school in the Pacific Northwest to be honored, and one of only four schools nationwide to be recognized in the diversity category.

“We are honored that the college’s success in embracing diversity, its faculty’s asset-based and innovative learning environment, and its leadership by our executive staff are worthy of national recognition,” said Dr. Jack Bermingham, president of Highline. “Highline College’s collegiality reflects a special spirit among faculty and staff who together strive to support our students and communities every day.”

As a “Great College to Work For,” Highline was nationally recognized in these three categories:

  • Confidence in Senior Leadership: Leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the college.
  • Diversity: The college makes a concerted effort to create a welcoming and fair environment for all employees.
  • Teaching Environment: Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and an anonymous survey administered to faculty, administrators and staff.

Highline was also recognized by The Chronicle as a “Great College to Work For” in 2010 and 2013. As a major employer in Des Moines, Highline employs 1,060 people who serve students at multiple locations throughout King County.

“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.