July 26, 2010
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SRU again earns 'Great Colleges to Work For' honor
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the second year in a row, Slippery Rock University has been named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results were announced today.
SRU was one of 97 colleges and universities included in the 2010 report. To earn the honor, a participant must stand out in at least one of 12 categories that are the core attributes of a great academic workplace.
"I am very pleased we have again been included on this important list," said SRU President Robert Smith. "Those of us at SRU know the deep sense of camaraderie and the joint sense of purpose we share. There is a real spirit and commitment to our shared vision for our students that brings us all together."
"I know that our recognition by a national publication will be gratifying to all members of our campus family. We can face our future head one, and we provide for everyone to be involved. This survey clearly shows our employees are what makes Slippery Rock University a great place to work," he said.
Among the qualities cited for SRU's inclusion on the list was the fact "people respect and care about one another. They take pride in their work." The statements were backed by the University's low turnover rate. The report found statements including, "I came to SRU expecting to stay a few years, and stayed a lifetime."
The survey also pointed to SRU's overall culture that allows for improvisation and creativity as well as its comprehensive employee benefit programs as additional reasons for making the University a great place to work.
About 43,000 people at 275 campuses responded to the survey nationally. The report found colleges continue to do well at creating work that makes a difference, providing jobs that fit the individual and fostering a high degree of institutional pride.
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. They were also asked to rate their satisfaction on 18 workplace benefits.
Colleges were placed in one of three groups based on overall student enrollment. SRU was included in the medium-size group.
The survey was administered by Modern Think LLC, a human-resources-consulting firm based in Wilmington, Del.
The Chronicle's program is similar to the Fortune magazine survey that offers ratings for various businesses.
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.