SRU earns national “Best Places to Work” recognition


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July 20, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Drum roll, please. Slippery Rock University has again been selected by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of 62 four-year institutions nationally to be recognized as a "Great Place to Work For."

This is the fifth time SRU has been recognized.

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"This award is especially gratifying because these ratings are the result of feedback from our employees regarding our workforce practices and policies," SRU President Cheryl Norton said. "One of our strategic initiatives is to provide an exceptional work environment where all employees are respected for their contributions to student success. It's great to know we are making a positive impact in this area."

The Chronicle's "2015 Great Colleges to Work For" survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. This year, 281 institutions participated. The Chronicle recognized 86 institutions, including 62 four-year institutions and 24 two-year institutions.

The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff, and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a Great College to Work For recognition was the employee feedback.

SRU earned special recognition in three categories: Compensation and Benefits; Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationships; and Professional/ Career Development Programs.

"The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They're leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work. The faculty and staff who make up our readership want to know which institutions are Great Colleges to Work For because many of them are either seeking to improve their own campus or are looking for that next great career opportunity. The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success," said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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