St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester College has been named one of the 2015 Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Baccalaureate and Liberal Arts Institutions by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This designation is an honor recognizing Student Affairs at Macalester for its commitment to workplace diversity, equitable staffing practices, and supportive work environments.

The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs national survey was first commissioned by the ACPA and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education in 2011. Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs is part of a collaborative initiative between ACPA and Diverse, which consists of a national study conducted by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University.

The national study employs a web-based survey approach to elicit information from ACPA member institutions. A multipart, weighted algorithm was used to classify the responding institutions in the final phase of analysis.

The purpose of this commissioned study was to examine the extent to which diversity and inclusion permeates aspects (e.g., administrative structures, commitments, work environments, staffing practices) of various divisions of student affairs (or equivalent) at participating ACPA member institutions across the globe.

The list of the 2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Baccalaureate and Liberal Arts Institutions (in alphabetical order) includes:

  • Brevard College (Brevard, N.C.)
  • College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)
  • Denison University (Granville, Ohio)
  • Hampshire College (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Merrimack College (North Andover, Mass.)
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, Pa.)
  • Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, Va.)
  • University of Maine at Machias (Machias, Maine)

Full results from the national study can be found in the June 18, 2015 edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,045 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at

June 18 2015

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