Founded in 2004, ModernThink is a management consulting firm with particular expertise in workplace quality, organizational culture, and employee engagement. As a research and consulting leader in workplace quality, ModernThink has been involved with over 50 city, state and regional “Best Places to Work” initiatives. ModernThink has surveyed over 1,200 colleges and universities through the Great Colleges to Work For program and in our work with individual institutions and systems. We have a deep understanding of the challenges currently facing leaders in academe and substantial expertise providing data-driven solutions. Our mission and passion are helping colleges and universities become better places to work and learn.
In partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education, ModernThink co-founded The Great Colleges to Work For® program in 2008 which ModernThink now operates independently and administers annually. This program surveys hundreds of thousands of employees at over two hundred institutions simultaneously every spring. This process includes both a survey of each college’s employees as well as an audit of their people practices. The combination of the two assessments allows us to see what programs, benefits and approaches are working on the top colleges each year as well as the pain points that keep institutions from thriving.
We have worked with institutions in good times, and bad, and have become adept at supporting institutions in the midst of transition and/or crisis. We have conducted assessments for institutions exploring mergers and consolidations; collected data to inform large scale change including new shared services and/or budgeting models; and supported presidents, chancellors, and provosts at the outset of their tenures and during challenging times.