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TU earns high marks as IT workplace

Temple is one of only three universities nationwide cited in a Computerworld survey

Recognizing Temple’s appeal to information technology professionals, IDG’s Computerworld named the University to its 12th annual list of the “Best Places to Work in IT,” placing Temple on par with many of the country’s top companies. The list of the top 100 work environments for IT professionals was part of Computerworld’s June 27 issue and is online at www.computerworld.com/2005bestplaces.

Temple, ranked 64th, joins the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of Pennsylvania as the only universities to be recognized.

In tabulating its list, Computerworld evaluates IT workplaces in several categories, including benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, the newspaper surveyed many of Temple’s 237 IT professionals, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

“The technology we provide our students, faculty and staff is second to none in the country,” said Timothy O’Rourke, vice president for computer and information services. “We have a great mix of new technology available for our IT professionals to work with and learn from. Being recognized by Computerworld is a tremendous honor and further confirmation that Temple is a great place to work.”

Computerworld’s annual feature describes Temple as a place where “IT workers deal with issues ranging from peer-to-peer file sharing to integrating wireless applications to supporting medical records.” Temple is also lauded for its recent technological initiatives, including projects involving identity protection, Social Security number elimination, disaster recovery and document imaging.

“This year’s Best Places to Work rankings represent companies across the industry that recognize how a strong commitment to and investment in employees is synonymous with creating a great IT work environment,” said Don Tennant, editor-in-chief of Computerworld.

“Once again, we found that IT professionals are looking for rewarding and challenging projects, access to leading-edge technologies, career growth and development and a comfortable work/life balance. Our Best Places companies not only offer these benefits, but do so in a manner that goes well above industry norms.”

Companies that Computerworld ranked among the Best Places to Work include Aflac, Ernst & Young, Ford Motor Co., General Mills, Mastercard International, Staples Inc., UPS and Verizon Wireless.

“It’s a very exciting time to be an employee at Temple, and this ranking is a wonderful recognition of everything that’s going on here,” said Deborah Hartnett, associate vice president for human resources. “We are focusing heavily on training and career development across the University, and that is reflected in the employee surveys that play a large role in this ranking.”

This is not the first time Temple has earned national praise as a leader in computer and information technology. Last fall, The Princeton Review named Temple the fourth-most “connected campus” in the United States in its annual “Top 25 Most Connected Campuses” survey.

- By Ted Boscia

Temple wins ‘CIO’ award for ‘boldness’
    CIO magazine recently selected Temple University as one of 100 organizations that “truly exemplify a bold enterprise,” exemplified by its willingness to take on risk for the sake of “great reward.” The CIO 100 Awards, designated annually, honor organizations that demonstrate excellence and achievement in information technology.
    Temple was included in the special “CIO 100” issue of the magazine in August, and received an original glass sculpture and a plaque at the August CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony in California. Computer Services Vice President Timothy C. O’Rourke, Associate Vice President Sheri Stahler and Associate Vice President Barbara Dolhansky accepted the award on behalf of the University.
    Temple was recognized in part for developing a $17 million, 75,000-square-foot comprehensive student teaching, education, collaboration and help center, the TECH Center, which is currently under construction on Main Campus and will be operational by early 2006.
CIO praised Temple for having the “drive to reach for the prize, the guts to embrace the dangers, and the discipline to create a mitigation plan and stick to it.”
    Other organizations selected for this year’s CIO 100 include Northeastern University, Educational Testing Service, General Motors, NFL Films, the Museum of Modern Art, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.