Saddleback College Named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Immediate Release: 
July 18, 2016
Saddleback College is a great college to work for, according to the results of a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities across the nation, with 93 of the institutions achieving the “Great College to Work For” recognition.  The survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country and recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

Of the 281 institutions that participated in this year’s survey, 189 are four-year institutions and 92 are two-year institutions, with 68 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions earning the “Great College to Work For” recognition.  Saddleback College was recognized in the Collaborative Governance and Compensation and Benefits categories.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “I am honored and thrilled that Saddleback has received the ‘Great College to Work For’ recognition, which is a testament to our high-caliber faculty, staff, and management, and the collaborative way in which we all work together to sustain a culture of excellence.  Saddleback is indeed a great college to work for.”

Academic Senate President Kim D’Arcy stated, “Through the Academic Senate, the faculty voice at Saddleback College is strong and dedicated to our students' success and our college mission. There is a common goal and sense of purpose between the staff, faculty, and management."

Craig Connor, acting president of the Classified Senate, stated, “I’m immensely proud of our college to be receiving this award.  Saddleback College is not just a place to work, but a close- knit community that shares in the passion of the success and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.”

The survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to employees and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution.  The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.  For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 250 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  Each year, Saddleback College adds more than 5,000 degree and certificate holders to the workforce, and transfers over 3,500 students to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation.  For more information, please visit  

Published: July 18, 2016