Elon named to list of the ‘Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs’

The recognition by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and ACPA-College Educators International is based on the university’s strong commitment to diversity in student affairs workplaces and staffing practices.

Elon University has been named one of the most promising places to work in student affairs by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, one of only 16 institutions nationwide to be recognized.

The recognition is based on research by the higher education media outlet and ACPA-College Student Educators International, which uses a web-based survey to examine categories that include family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities as well as other factors. Overall, the research is focused on workplace diversity, staffing practices and the work environment.

“We are honored to be recognized among this group of campuses, and it motivates us to continue our efforts,” said Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. “The past few years have been incredibly challenging for student affairs and higher education. Colleagues at Elon have kept the conversations about our institutional mission and culture at the forefront of our efforts to make Elon a great place to work and we are constantly striving for improvement.”

The Division of Student Life has played an active role in the university efforts to create a desired working environment. Through intentional enhancement of policies, practices, and professional development, the division and the university have strengthened and advanced workplace culture and the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. A regular cycle of assessing campus climate outcomes and aligning strategic initiatives with those outcomes has been helpful in creating a culture of inclusive excellence for students and employees.

“The leadership of the university values and respects the contributions of student affairs educators, and so even despite the challenges we face, we remain optimistic about the future,” Dooley said.

Elon is one of two North Carolina schools to be named to the list, which will be published with an accompanying report in the March edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The national recognition will also be celebrated during the annual meeting of ACPA – College Student Educators International.