Pillar III – Enhancing the University’s Status as an Employer of Choice

The University of Arkansas is committed to fostering a work environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging, works toward a meaningful purpose, and has the data, resources, connections and foundation of support to be most effective, grow and advance their careers, and thrive in their personal and professional lives. This will be accomplished when we:

  • Attract and match the best talent to the right roles at the right time, through proactive outreach and offers candidates a top-notch hiring experience to meet the evolving needs of candidates, employees, the university and its units.
  • Engage and retain faculty and staff by helping them fulfill their career aspirations and caring for their well-being.
  • Strengthen university’s land-grant mission through a high-performance culture that drives results and continuous improvement.

Key Metrics for Employer of Choice

Improved engagement and employee satisfaction will be measured broadly with:

  • Regularly administered Employee Engagement Survey (in development)
  • Adoption of an Employee Value Proposition (in development)
  • Increasing the size and quality of applicant pools (in development)
  • A reduction in proportion of annual workforce turnover (in development)
  • Classification and Compensation Project (in progress, partially completed)
    • Organizing jobs in a clear structure that consistently categorizes the work being performed across the institution, standardizing the approach to job classification, and providing fair and competitive compensation, both internally and in comparison to the external market, while providing pathways for growth and promotion.


Up to 90% U of A tuition waivers for employees and 50% for family members

Consistently ranked as one of the BEST EMPLOYERS IN ARKANSAS

Forbes  and Statista

Fayetteville ranked as one of the BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN THE U.S.

U.S. News & World Report