SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - It's easy to see why people would want to work at Shippensburg University. It's a beautiful campus that's not too big, and it has a great atmosphere. So when the campus was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, it wasn't too much of a surprise.
"Most of the faculty here that I've come in contact with are pretty happy to help. The students help each other out," said Michael Gower, a senior at the university. "If the faculty is happy then obviously their needs are being met here at the college."
"We're here for the students. If we take care of employees, the employees will take care of students," said Associate Vice President of Human Resources, David Topper. "That's really what it's about."
This is the fourth time in five years the college has been recognized. The survey is in its' seventh year, and out of the roughly 950 employees, 400 of them were surveyed. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback. Shippensburg was also recognized in four other categories; compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leadership, professional and career development programs and work/life balance.
"I feel good about being recognized in those four areas," Topper said. "At the same time, there are some other areas where I think we can do better. This is really a learning opportunity for us."
Topper said it takes other people such as janitors, and groundskeepers to keep the university in good condition. He also said because the faculty is happy, the students are able to succeed once they graduate.
"The students acknowledge the faculty that have made a difference in their lives and in their career," Topper said. "They maintain those relationships long after they've graduated."
"All the professors that I've come in contact with, most of them will go out of their way," Gower added. "(The professors) will give you their personal cell phone numbers, house numbers, that way you can reach them after hours."
Gettysburg and Juniata College were other Pennsylvania schools to be recognized. For a full list of the 92 schools selected, you can click here.