July 6, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
It's official: SRU is a 'Great Place to Work'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is among the 150 colleges and universities named today in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 Great Colleges to Work For survey.
"This ranking is a testament to the great people who make up our SRU family," said Robert Smith, SRU president. "To be recognized by a national publication as part of a nationwide survey is a great honor that in many ways validates what those of us at SRU have known all along - this is a great place to be."
The "Great Colleges to Work For" program, now in its second year, recognizes groups of colleges based on enrollment for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits, work environment and institutional practices. There were 26 recognition categories for four-year institutions.
SRU placed in the top 10 in five of the 26 categories for medium-size colleges and universities (3,000 to 9,999 student enrollment). The University was recognized in the areas of compensation and benefits, health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance and post-retirement benefits.
Smith received a congratulatory letter from Rebecca Kruer, a member of the Great Colleges Team, pointing out, "Your employees rated your institution highly enough to be recognized in one or more categories. Given how competitive the Great Colleges program was this year, this accolade is a remarkable accomplishment."
Overall, The Chronicle survey reported that despite the economy, "the good news is that administrators, professors and staff member on many campuses remain upbeat about their jobs and employers - at least for now." The survey polled nearly 41,000 employees on 247 campuses.
The survey showed that faculty confidence in senior leadership is increasing. The latest numbers show 71 percent of faculty at public institutions had confidence in their leaders, up from 56 in the survey's first year. Relations with administration were marked as "healthy" by 72 percent of respondents, up from 61 percent last year.
"Through this program, The Chronicle is able to provide more information to jobseekers about the colleges that are the leading innovators when it comes to providing a rewarding work environment," said Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor of the The Chronicle of Higher Education.
ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital-consulting firm, administered the survey. It was a two-part assessment that included a random survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional-support staff and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace polices and practices from participating institutions. A primary factor in the final results was employee feedback collected from faculty and staff.
The 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.