May 26, 2019  
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University


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The University


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, one of 14 state-owned institutions that comprise the State System of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has a long tradition of providing quality education to students. Started in 1889 as a teacher education institution, the university developed into a multi-purpose institution with approximately 8,500 students and with approximately 135 programs in the College of Business, Information, and Social Sciences, College of Education, College of Health, Environment and Science, College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, and Graduate Studies.



Slippery Rock University will excel as a caring community of lifelong learners connecting with the world.



The fundamental mission of Slippery Rock University is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate academic instruction. Complementary missions are to conduct scholarly research, to promote professional performance, and to address the educationally related economic, health, environmental, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the region served by the university.

To accomplish these missions, Slippery Rock University primarily focuses its efforts in the academic areas of:

the arts and sciences,
computer, and information sciences,
environmental sciences and studies,
health and human services and,
teacher education,                                                        

The perspectives of Slippery Rock University are contemporary and futuristic, national and international. The university provides experiences and opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership and to develop confidence and self-reliance; it promotes their intellectual, social, and physical development; and it accomplishes these in an open, caring, nurturing, and friendly environment. Slippery Rock University is committed to serving and empowering all segments of the population that can benefit from its offerings.

The individual and collective excellence for which Slippery Rock University stands will continue to be measured by the quality of its graduates and their successes in serving society.



Slippery Rock University is accredited by the following accrediting agencies:

 Institutional Accreditation

                Middle States Commission on Higher Education

College of Health, Environment and Science

                American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - Physical Therapy

                National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) - Nursing

                Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP) - Exercise Science

                American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP)

                Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) - Athletic Training

                 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) - Park and Resource Management; Resort Management/Tourism; Therapeutic Recreatio

College of Education

                National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

                Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

          Community Counseling
          School Counseling
          Student Personnel

                The College of Education has also attained national recognition from the following organizations:

                      American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish and French Education)
                      National Association for the Education of Young Children (Early Childhood Education)
                      Association for childhood Education International (Elementary Education)
                      National Council for Teachers of English (English Education)
                      National Council for the Social Sciences (Social Studies Education)
                      Council for Exceptional Children (Special Education)
                      National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (Math Education)


College of Business, Information and Social Science

                Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

                       Computer Science
                       Information Systems
                       Information Technology

                Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)  

                Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) - Sport Management

                Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) - Social Work

                 Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) - Safety Management


College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

                National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Art; Fine Arts

                National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) - Dance

                National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) - Music Instrumental; Music Performance; Music Therapy

                National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) - Theatre


Institutional Assessment

Assessment is the process through which effective learning is planned and measured by relating degree program goals to actual student performance.  We do assessment to improve student learning.  The Assessment Core Committee of Slippery Rock University has been working since 1998 to help the University community develop effective assessment processes.  The web site reflects the collective efforts of both academic and student life programs to articulate student-learning outcomes and to devise appropriate and effective means of measuring student achievement.

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Students and visitors to the SRU campus discover that the University is located in a small town of about 3,500 permanent residents. The University is also in the middle of a population center of about 120,000 people. Two major interstate highways, I-79 and I-80, intersect seven miles from the University and make the university easily accessible to Pittsburgh and Erie, PA, and to Youngstown, Ohio. Students can travel fifty minutes south on I-79 to Pittsburgh and enjoy its major cultural venues that include opera, symphony, theatre, and museums and its major league baseball, football and hockey teams. The city of Erie, Presque Isle, and Lake Erie are an easy 90 minutes north on I-79, and thirty-five miles west on I-80 is Youngstown, Ohio.

Most students enjoy instructional experiences on-campus. In addition, students use learning facilities at nearby Moraine State Park, Jennings Environmental Education Center, McKeever Environmental Learning Center, Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods as well as the Wallops Island Marine Science Laboratory in Virginia. Many academic departments sponsor internship programs that provide on-the-job educational and professional training. Opportunities to study abroad in international settings are available to students.



Approximately 80 percent of Slippery Rock University’s 8,700 students are from western Pennsylvania, with Pittsburgh and other cities in Allegheny County providing the largest number of students. Another 10 percent of the student body comes from central and eastern Pennsylvania. The remaining 10 percent comes from more than 32 states in the United States and more than 37 other countries.



The approximately 425 faculty members at Slippery Rock University are teachers, scholars and contributors to the University and community. The typical faculty member teaches four courses each semester, engages in scholarly research and creative endeavors, and participates in a variety of decision-making processes. Of the current faculty members, fifty-three percent are male and forty-seven percent are female. Seventeen percent are members of ethnic groups. In addition, 80 percent are tenured or occupy tenure-track positions, and 92% of full-time tenure or tenure track have instructional faculty have earned a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. <>



Slippery Rock University’s gorgeous 650-acre campus is located in the rolling countryside of Western Pennsylvania. Thirty-four major buildings that blend traditional and modern architecture comprise the core of the campus for an optimum living and learning environment.

Among public and private universities in Pennsylvania, Bailey Library ranks as one of the most comprehensive public or private university libraries in Pennsylvania. The library website and online catalog allows easy searching of more than 500,000 print volumes in the library’s collections, as well as many other resources including over 150,000 electronic books and 32,000 e-journals.  Print and electronic materials at the other Pennsylvania State System university libraries, as well as the collections of thousands of libraries nationwide are accessible through inter-library loan. Swope Music Hall is designed as both a performing and learning center. Vincent Science Hall has laboratories, classrooms, and a greenhouse. Morrow Field House is an instructional and recreational facility that houses a gymnasium, swimming pool, handball court, dance studio, tennis court, and track. McKay Education, Spotts World Cultures, and Eisenberg Classroom Building are examples of standard educational facilities that have small and large classrooms, auditoriums and other specialized classrooms. The Physical Therapy building is a state-of-the-art building where the Graduate School of Physical Therapy program is located. International Services resides in the recently renovated Carruth Rizza Hall. The Advanced Technology and Science Hall opened in 2006 and houses Computer Science, Chemistry and Geography, Geology, and the Environment.

Students reside in eight on-campus residence halls. Six new buildings house students on the lower end of campus and two traditional halls are located on the upper end of campus. Upper class students can reside at the ROCK apartment complex. Privately owned residence halls, apartments, and other types of living accommodations are available off-campus. Students take their meals at Weisenfluh and Boozel dining halls.


Grants and Sponsored Research


Research and scholarship are central features of any academic environment. At Slippery Rock University, faculty and students are active in a wide range of internally and externally funded projects that support the research, teaching and public service missions of the university. The Office of Grants & Sponsored Research (OGSR) is responsible for assisting faculty in the acquisition of external funding for scholarship, research, and other projects; representing the university in pre-award and award transactions with funding sponsors; acting as a liaison between project directors, sponsors, administration, and external groups; and assisting with post-award administration of grants and contracts to assure compliance with federal, state, and university directives. The office also provides the administrative oversight to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for ethical implementation of research projects involving human subjects and works closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure that the animal housing, care, and use in research labs meets federal standards and guidelines.

The Center for Student Research supports and promotes high-quality student/faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative activity. The Center’s mission is to create a community of leaders by facilitating the exchange of ideas, to provide a collegial venue that prepares students for further scholarly exploration and professional careers, and to promote scholarly inquiry as a fundamental value of the SRU experience. A Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is held annually to highlight the research, creative and scholarly endeavors of undergraduate and graduate students. The two-day, campus-wide event encompasses poster sessions, oral presentations and performances that showcase the work of projects conducted throughout the academic year.


SRU Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development Center

1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Erin Strain

The most unique Executive Leadership Training Opportunity in the State.  The 25-acre Leadership Reaction Course at Slippery Rock University provides a perfect setting for leadership training.  It is ideal for corporate camps and conferences, police, fire and EMS programs, student workshops, athletic teams and management seminars.  Everything a group needs for enrichment is on site:  obstacle and rope courses, a climbing wall, rappel tower, pavilions, camping areas, and inter-connecting trails.  Groups lease the course and lodging is available.  Packages range from a two-hour activity, to a week-long adventure retreat.  Slippery Rock University provides trainers and educators for all events. A high ropes challenge program (REACH) is also available to develop personal confidence and promote concepts of team work.

University Advancement - Alumni Engagement


Russell Wright Alumni House

Kelly Bailey

Associate Director
Pearl Shaffer

Assistant Director
Tracy Allison

Katherine Stivason

Slippery Rock University has more than 55,000 graduates living throughout the country. Alumni are encouraged to join the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association , a separately incorporated organization that is devoted to serving the university and its alumni. One-year complementary memberships are provided to graduating seniors.

The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association hosts several events in the region and across the country to engage alumni.  A variety of benefits are associated with membership to the association, including discounts on insurance, partnerships with national travel partners and savings at campus entities including the SGA bookstore and ARC.  Significantly, the Alumni Association manages and awards twelve scholarships.  Eleven of the scholarships, the Past Presidents’ Scholarship, the Nancy Angell Scholarship, the Madeline F. Stoops Scholarship, the Hallie Dugan Smith Scholarship, the Eisaman Alumni Scholarship for sophomore students, the Maree McKay/ Esther Smiley Scholarships, the Carl and Norma Laughner Scholarship, the Maggie Meise Fellowship, the Watson Family Scholarship, Jeanne Powell Furrie Scholarships and the Anna Bura Williams Scholarships for women elementary education majors, are for academic excellence.  the N. Kerr Thompson is for student athletes.

The association also sponsors Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend as well as special events throughout the year. Additional information on the Alumni Association as well as upcoming events can be found in the university’s Rock Magazine, which is published three times a year, and on the alumni web site at or at and then clicking on Alumni.