Lake Area Technical Institute Named Chronicle of Higher Education’s
2009 Great Colleges to Work For
Ranked in the Top Three of Two-Year Colleges in the Nation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. – July 6, 2009 – Lake Area Technical Institute of Watertown, SD has been
recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® program,
according to the results of the second annual survey announced in a special supplement of The
Chronicle today http://chronicle.com/indepth/academicworkplace.
In addition to being recognized, Lake Area Technical Institute was named to the Honor Roll
as one of the top three schools in their size classification, based on the number of times
they were recognized in the individual recognition categories. Lake Area Tech ranked in the top
three in 12 of the 15 categories, tying for first with Mid-South Community College of Arkansas.
The results are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members, and
staff members at those institutions.
The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For® program recognizes colleges (based on
enrollment size) for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits,
faculty-administration relations, and confidence in senior leadership. There are 26 recognition
categories for four‐year institutions, and 15 categories for two-year colleges. Among four‐year
colleges, 122 institutions were recognized in at least one category. Among two‐year institutions,
28 were recognized in at least one category.
Lake Area Technical Institute President, Deb Shephard comments, “This is a tribute to our staff
and an honor to be recognized at the national level. I believe one of the reasons we ranked so
highly is our staff enjoys both our students and the changes in technology that occur daily in this
particular profession. Our entire team works collaboratively to be forward thinking and prepares
for the challenges ahead.”
The Great Colleges survey included a two part asse