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TLU Named a 2021 Great College to Work For® by ModernThink for 10th Consecutive Year

Texas Lutheran University is again one of the nation’s great colleges to work for according to a survey by ModernThink, marking the university’s 10th appearance on the Great Colleges to Work For® list.

“The consistency with which TLU has received this recognition is a real tribute to the commitment of our staff and faculty,” TLU President Dr. Debbie Cottrell said. “Being a Great College to Work For is an honor, and the areas we are being recognized in align well with our priorities as an institution. We will continue to be attentive to how we can provide the best environment possible for our dedicated employees who focus their work every day on serving our students well.”

TLU is one of only 72 colleges recognized as a 2021 “Great College to Work For.” For 2021, TLU won honors in four categories:

  • Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
  • Shared Governance
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness

For the first time, ModernThink included a category and designation for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at participating universities. This recognition category is reserved for program participants who are demonstrating an institutionalized commitment to diversity, as reported through the experiences of faculty and staff. It is based on measures of individual experiences of inclusion and belonging, as well as measures of the impact of institutional diversity policies and procedures.

The GCTWF survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its 14th year, it recognizes colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with TLU included among the small universities with 2,999 students or fewer.

About ModernThink LLC

As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives. Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education. ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients. The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions. Learn more about the Great Colleges to Work For® program, including all current and previous recognized institutions, at and, and about ModernThink at