SVSU receives Great College to Work for award

SVSU received the “Great Colleges to Work For” award for the sixth consecutive year.

President Donald Bachand said that this award speaks volumes, especially because we received it as we continue to navigate the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, which made work-life a challenge for all.

“The dedication and perseverance I have seen from our faculty and staff is remarkable and deserving of praise, so I am pleased to see them receive the recognition they deserve,” he said.

To those who may not be familiar with this award, Bachand said that it is an important distinction that showcases the values and the peo- ple who work for and are a part of the university community.

“Universities are human enterprises,” he said. “We are about teaching and learning. We develop human potential. When people are valued, they are empowered to contribute to the success of the organization. That improves the experience of students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Bachand said that SVSU qualified for this award based on the completion of anonymous surveys from university faculty and staff who were chosen at random from all employee classifications.

Bachand said that our surveys were evaluated against surveys from the faculty and staff of other participating colleges and universities.

Bachand said that for 2021, SVSU is the only institution in the state of Michigan to earn such a renowned and prestigious distinction. He also said that it is the people who make SVSU such a special place to work.

“The past 18 months have been one of the most challenging periods in university history,” Bachand said. “Despite that, we were able to negotiate a contract with our Faculty Association and have a tentative agreement with our Support Staff Association. This is because of the mutual respect and mutual trust that we have built over time, and it is further evidence that our recognition for collaborative governance is truly deserved.”

Bachand said that it is the shared values of dedication, devotion and commitment to quality that makes SVSU stand out in the state of Michigan as a distinguished institution. He said that our response to the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated our faculty and staff’s unwavering devotion to the campus community.

“I hope students know how much effort our faculty and staff have devoted over the past 18 months to continue to deliver a quality education and student experience,” Bachand said. “We do that because we care about and believe in our students. Our shared commitment to our university community makes SVSU a great place to work and a great place to learn.”

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