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ModernThink, LLC

As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported other “Best Place to Work” initiatives including:

  • Determining over 55 city, state, and regional Best Place to Work lists
  • Surveying 70,000 employees nationwide for the AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Program
  • Working with the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association on a workplace initiative for law firms

Through our survey and consulting work, we help leaders identify strengths, eliminate barriers to employee engagement, and build better workplaces. Learn more at

Great Colleges To Work For Program Funding

In designing the Great Colleges To Work For program, The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink LLC, wanted to ensure that participation would be free for any qualifying institution that wanted to take part in the program’s many benefits. Accordingly, Great Colleges has been underwritten by The Chronicle of Higher Education and sustained through financial and human capital contributions of both The Chronicle and ModernThink. The no-cost program would not be possible without this critical support.

The Chronicle pays ModernThink an administrative fee to conduct the survey and to provide overall survey results reports to all participating institutions without charge. The Chronicle and ModernThink recoup their investments, in part, through the sale of additional reports and services. The purchase of reports or consulting services from ModernThink has no bearing on which institutions are recognized in the program, this year or in the future. That determination is based solely on survey responses from each college. The Chronicle also makes money through advertising in the Academic Workplace supplement and from the sale of reprints of the supplement.

From time to time, the Great Colleges program or parts of it may have corporate sponsors. Any money obtained from sponsors helps defray the costs of program administration. In exchange, such sponsors may be given some promotional opportunities including but not limited to ads in The Chronicle, on the Chronicle Web site, and/or in one or more benchmark reports. Sponsors are not privy to any confidential information submitted by an institution and are not provided any survey responses. Sponsorships have no bearing on which institutions are recognized in the program.