Eight colleges in Maryland and Virginia ranked in the fifth annual list of The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For.

Six of those eight local colleges made the Honor Roll, which means that they are the best of the best. The Chronicle survey recognized 103 institutions as the best in the nation based on faculty and staff ratings on categories like job satisfaction, and compensation and benefits.

Nearly 47,000 faculty and staff at 297 institutions with enrollment of at least 500 were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with statements like, “This institution's benefits meet my needs,” and “My supervisor/department chair supports my efforts to balance my work and personal life.”

The assessment’s two components included a questionnaire about institutional characteristics, and a faculty/staff questionnaire about individuals’ evaluations of their institutions. An analysis of demographic data and workplace policies was also included.

Employees evaluated the schools on 12 categories: Collaborative Governance, Compensation and Benefits, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Diversity, Facilities, Workspace & Security, Job Satisfaction, Professional/Career-Development Programs, Respect and Appreciation, Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship, Teaching Environment, Tenure Clarity and Process, and Work/Life Balance.

In no particular order, the eight local schools that made the list:

Lord Fairfax Community College, Virginia

Carroll Community College, Maryland

Honor roll:

University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Maryland

Southside Virginia Community College, Virginia

Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia

Howard Community College, Maryland

George Mason University,  Virginia

Old Dominion University, Virginia