SRU’s participation in “Great Colleges to Work For” program begins March 9


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Slippery Rock University will be participating in the 2019 “Great Colleges to Work For” program. A randomly selected group of employees will receive email surveys about the University March 9-10.

March 8, 2019

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thanks in large part to the input of its staff and faculty, Slippery Rock University is continually recognized as one of the nation's "Great Colleges to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education. It won its eighth designation in July 2018.

The process for SRU to again be considered for the honor gets underway March 9-10 when a random sample of University employees will receive a 2019 survey via email. The email invitations will come from Great Colleges with the surveys being administered by ModernThink LLC, an independent management consulting firm focusing on workplace quality in higher education.

"This program has been an excellent way for the University to not only be recognized as a great workplace but also for us to gather valuable feedback from our employees so that we can continue to assess and make improvements to our working environment," said Lynne Motyl, associate vice president for human resources and diversity, who, along with Rita Abent, executive director for communication and public affairs, is serving as a survey coordinator. "Employees chosen to receive the survey are selected randomly and responses are anonymous. We encourage anyone selected to participate in this survey to take the time to complete it as their input is important to us."

The Great Colleges to Work For program involves two major activities, Motyl said. "The first part of the program is the random survey; the second stage is a comprehensive institutional questionnaire. Unfortunately, if we don't hit participation targets in the survey, we may be eliminated from consideration." The survey period is March 11-April 15.

At the close of the program, SRU will receive topline reports that summarize the organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence the University's culture.

SRU was recognized in three categories last year: compensation and benefits, professional/career development programs and supervisor/department chair relationships.

The Chronicle's "Great Colleges to Work For" survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country, with 53,000 people from more than 250 institutions participating last year.

If employees have questions about the survey, they can contact ModernThink at 888.684.4658 or, or Motyl at 724.738.2209 or

For more information about the Great Colleges to Work For program, click here.

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