RIT Recognized as a ‘2008 Great College to Work For’
RIT cited in six categories by The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 17, 2008
by John Follaco
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Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s inaugural ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ list. RIT was cited in six different categories: Professional/Career Development Program, Compensation and Benefits, Tuition Reimbursement, 403b or 401k (retirement plan), Disability Insurance and Life Insurance.
“We are proud to be a university that attracts the best and brightest employees in higher education,” says Patty Spinelli, assistant vice president of human resources. “This honor is a testament to our employees. They make RIT a great place to work.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education modeled its list after Fortune’s popular ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ issue. However, it opted not to rank institutions on one list. Instead, it chose to recognize small groups of colleges (arranged by the size of their work forces) for specific best practices and policies. The results were based on responses from more than 15,000 administrators, faculty members and staff members at 89 colleges and universities. Survey participants were selected randomly.
The recognition appears in the July 18 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a special section entitled, “The Academic Workplace.” RIT’s Tuition Exchange program received special mention in the issue, commending RIT for not only participating in the Tuition Exchange program, but for offering complete tuition waivers to employees’ spouses and domestic partners for undergraduate and, in some cases, graduate courses at RIT. RIT was also commended for having a scholarship program that helps employees cover up to $1,500 each year in other costs, such as books or tuition at community colleges.