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August 08, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Chronicle of Higher Ed names SRU ‘Great Place to Work’

The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly national news and job-information publication for college and university faculty members, administrators and students, has again named Slippery Rock University a “Great College to Work For.”

SRU was the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university to earn the honor.

The award was announced in its annual “The Academic Workplace” publication. The report noted that “Colleges that have strong workplaces support, consult with and appreciate their employees.”

“Those of us employed at Slippery Rock University know it is a great place to work and that can clearly be seen in the camaraderie among our employees. This is an honor we are proud of and one we know the entire campus shares in helping us earn,” said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

SRU was recognized in the “Compensation and Benefits” category.

“We know our compensation and benefits are a draw for potential employees, and it is great to see that factor recognized,” said Lynne Motyl, assistant vice president for human resources. “Being a great place to work is evident in our voluntary turnover rate, which was listed at 2.9. percent for faculty and 6.2 percent for all other staff.”

The Chronicle reported, “Slippery Rock participates in ‘Healthy U.,’ a program that begins with a comprehensive physical review and allows members to earn wellness points to reduce their insurance premiums. The University also offers free after-work yoga and tai chi programs to faculty and staff.”

“We are certainly pleased to have our programs that promote a healthy workplace recognized by the Chronicle. We are glad to be able to offer these important programs to the campus and we know that they help create a good environment for all,” said Patrick Burkhart, professor of geography, geology and the environment and president of the Association of Pennsylvania State, College and University Faculty, which sponsors the programs organized by SRU’s Counseling Center and Student Health Center.

The Chronicle’s results were based on responses from nearly 45,000 people from 300 institutions, including 91 four-year public colleges and universities. The survey was administered by ModernThink LLC., a human-resources-consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del.

The survey gave faculty, staff and administrators 60 statements asking them to use a five-point scale, ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” to reply. Colleges were placed in one of three groups based on overall student enrollment.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.