SVSU named Great College to Work For

SVSU was one of 84 higher education institutions named a “Great College to Work For” for the fourth consecutive year by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

SVSU was recognized in five categories: compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; teaching environment; tenure clarity and process; and collaborative governance.

Executive Director of Institutional Research Nicholas Wagner said the application process is very collaborative and takes a lot of time and work.

“The application process requires you to sign up,” Wagner said. “It takes a couple of months to complete the application as multiple departments work together.”

General Counsel and Director of Human Resources Ellen Crane said she hoped SVSU would be recognized again.

“I was hopeful that we would maintain recognition in the four categories we have achieved in the past three years,” Crane said. “The addition of the fifth category of recognition (collaborative governance) was a very pleasant surprise.”

Although Crane was excited about the recognition, she recognizes that there is still room for improvement.

“The data from the surveys is being used to strategically focus on growth opportunities in additional categories, so it would be excellent if we add another category or two in the coming years,” she said.

University Art Gallery Coordinator Tisch Lewis agreed that changes still need to be made for the university to improve.

“I often feel more supported by the people that pay to go here than the people that pay me,” Lewis said. “Communication is an issue. I just want people to listen to me and ask for my input.”

Despite the challenges, Lewis enjoys interacting with students daily.

“My favorite part is the students,” Lewis said. “Two students asked me to go to graduation and turned to their parents and said that they wouldn’t be here without me.”

Melanie Frasca

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