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College is named a 2017 "Great College to Work For"

Published on 01 September 2017

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been named a 2017 “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education (The Chronicle), a leading publication for colleges and universities. The designation follows the release of the results of The Chronicle’s 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, which represents the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education.

Now in its 10th year, the survey recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies. A total of 232 institutions participated in the 2017 survey, with 79 institutions being recognized as 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For.” The College was honored in the categories of “compensation, benefits and work/life benefits” and “facilities, workspaces and security.” This is the seventh time that the College has received recognition as a “Great College to Work For.”

“We are honored to have once again been named a ‘Great College to Work For’ by The Chronicle of Higher Education,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “Our staff members are among our most valuable assets, and we have always taken great pride in providing our employees with an outstanding work environment. This designation demonstrates that our efforts are being recognized by those who work for us.”

Each year since 2011, the College has been recognized in the “compensation, benefits and work/life benefits” category. This year’s additional recognition in the “facilities, workspaces and security” category reflects the College’s work to expand and transform its campus, and its commitment to providing top-notch security.

In 2015, the College celebrated the opening of its new Academic and Research Building (ARB), which provides state-of-the-art academic space for students and faculty. The opening of the ARB was the first phase of a two-phase construction project, which was recently completed with the opening of the new Recreation and Student Center (RAS). Together, the new buildings have added more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus, demonstrating a commitment to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow.

“Through our campus master planning process, we have committed to building for the future and continuing to provide outstanding facilities for the campus community,” noted College President John A. Pieper. “In addition to creating opportunities for students, these buildings will open our campus to the acclaimed biomedical community in which we are located.”

The College’s recognition for security is highlighted by its efforts to continually improve security.

“We have recently transitioned from using contract security, and the members of our current public safety team are employees of the College,” said Scott Patterson, director of public safety at the College. ”We are hiring the best personnel we can, and we are working hard to provide more advanced training so they are able to provide the campus with the highest level of service. By hiring the right people, training them well and providing a great work environment, we are creating a public safety team that our community can have the utmost confidence in.”

The 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” assessment process featured an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, along with a survey that was administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff.

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