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Fisher a “Great College to Work For”

July 18, 2016

St. John Fisher College has been named a 2016 Great College to Work For®, according to a survey conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink LLC.

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Now in its ninth year, the Chronicle’s survey is one of the largest workplace recognition programs in the country, and praises colleges that earn top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

A total of 281 institutions participated this year, including 189 four-year institutions and 92 two-year institutions. Only 93 achieved the “Great College to Work For” recognition. Fisher received honors in the Facilities, Workspaces, and Security category. Acknowledgment in this category confirms that facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment.

“St. John Fisher College is a workplace that is best described as the ‘Fisher family,’ and this designation is not only gratifying, but recognizes the continued good work of our faculty and staff, whose efforts significantly contribute to a positive campus climate,” said President Gerard J. Rooney. “It is through our collective efforts that we have become a collaborative community singularly focused on our students and committed to enlivening the vision of our Basilian founders—to teach goodness, discipline, and knowledge.”

An additional benefit to participating in the recognition program is the data Fisher’s Human Resources Department will receive from the survey. Elizabeth Skrainar, assistant vice president for human resources, noted that Fisher saw a 46 percent participation rate among the 556 full-time employees surveyed, higher than the survey’s national average this year of 40 percent.

“The survey results provide a valuable opportunity to learn from our faculty and staff,” said Skrainar. “We look forward to using the input about what is working well and what could be improved to inform campus plans to become an even better workplace.”  

According to the fall 2015 census, the College boasts more than 880 employees, including 436 staff, 230 full-time faculty, and 217 part-time faculty.