William & Mary was announced earlier this month as one of the “2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The Center for Higher Education Enterprise Ohio State University in partnership with the American College Personnel Association has been producing the report since 2014. The research conducted by the CHEE focused on workplace diversity, staffing practices and the work environment. The survey examined categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities. To be eligible to participate in the survey, colleges and universities must be members of ACPA.
“I am thrilled that W&M continues to be recognized nationally as a most promising place to work in Student Affairs. Creating open, respectful campus environments is essential, not only for our students to flourish, but for staff to thrive as well,” said Virginia M. Ambler, vice president of student affairs. “Our division is at its best when we honor all voices, when we value the uniqueness of people and perspectives and when we respect one another’s special expertise and talents. I am grateful to work with colleagues who share a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Not only are they remarkable role models for our students, but they are also a daily inspiration to me.”
William & Mary was named on the first list of “Most Promising Places” in 2014. The following year, the university was named as one of the “2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Research Institutions.”
Of the 18 universities listed this year, William & Mary is one of only two universities in the state of Virginia to make the list, along with Virginia Tech.
William & Mary’s Division of Student Affairs is responsible for numerous aspects of student life. Among the departments reporting to the vice president is the Dean of Students Office, which includes student accessibility services, student conduct and honor, academic enrichment, care support services and case management, transfer student services and parent and family programs. Others are the Office of Residence Life, the Office of First-Year Experience, the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, Student Leadership Development, the Cohen Career Center, Campus Recreation, the Center for Student Diversity, Health Promotion, the Sadler and Campus centers and the Office of Community Engagement.