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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, one of 14 state-owned institutions that comprise Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, 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, College of Education, College of Health, Environment and Science and College of Liberal Arts.
Slippery Rock University will excel as a caring community of lifelong learners connecting with the world.
The fundamental educational mission of Slippery Rock University (SRU) is to transform the intellectual, social, physical, and leadership capacities of students in order to prepare them for life and career success. Complementary missions are to engage in scholarly activity and professional service.
SRU is committed to serving a diverse student body and empowering anyone regionally, nationally, and internationally who can benefit from its programs and lifelong learning opportunities. Thereby SRU addresses the educationally-related economic, health, environmental, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the communities served by the university.
In pursuit of SRU’s educational purpose, talented faculty and staff provide creative integrated curricula and experiences that are connected to the world in which graduates will work and live. Students are taught using powerful and engaging pedagogies in appropriate learning spaces employing state-of-the-art technology. They study in an open, caring, nurturing, and friendly environment, and live in a safe community with access to high-quality student services. SRU strives to be a best-value institution with an affordable cost and substantial student financial support.
We value students as the center of all that we do and support a climate that celebrates each person’s success. We believe that, as a public regional university, our role is to transform our students to enable them to be economically and socially mobile.
We value excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative endeavors, student services and in all aspects of the University’s operations to ensure institutional effectiveness and efficiency. We value excellent curricula and co-curricular experiences, together with high expectations of our students, in order to stimulate student success.
Intellectual freedom, integrity and free expression
We value and uphold the right of all in our academic community to speak and write freely. We expect all who study, teach and work within the University to uphold the highest ideals of scholarly responsibility. We value honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect in creating, debating and disseminating intellectual and creative works. As such, we believe that all perspectives deserve fair scrutiny in the marketplace of ideas in a civil, fair and thoughtful manner.
We value the discovery and application of knowledge in teaching and learning and in developing innovative systems. We believe in offering educational programs that anticipate future needs, teach state-of-the-art competencies and use modern evidence-based pedagogies. We strive to promote and adopt productive cutting-edge curriculum, technology, structures and processes throughout the enterprise.
Diversity, Inclusion and equity
We value a diverse campus community that enriches our students’ intellectual and social growth. We strive to build and support a community that fully reflects the rich diversity of the commonwealth. We welcome all qualified individuals to SRU and will work to ensure that our enrollment, employment and advancement processes are open, unhindered and free of barriers. We seek an inclusive campus and equitable outcomes for students and employees alike.
Openness, shared governance and accountability (combines two concepts)
We value shared decision making and promote a campus culture in which information is widely shared, broad participation is encouraged, decision making processes are clear and feedback is valued. We uphold our commitments to shared governance. We value transparency of information and process, collaboration in resolving significant issues of mutual interest and ethical decision-making. We will be publicly accountable for the quality of our work and will seek to steward University resources effectively.
We value the importance of fostering citizenship to promote the public good, environmental sustainability, global understanding and informed civic engagement. We will leverage our intellectual and financial resources in order to educate our students and the public about sustainability, global awareness and civic responsibility and operate the University as sustainably as possible.
Slippery Rock University is accredited by the following accrediting agencies:
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.
International Association of Counseling Services
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
College of Health, Environment and Science
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program at Slippery Rock University has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
Provisional Accreditation as of 03/2016
American Chemical Society
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Council on Social Work Education
College of Education
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
College of Business
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
College of Liberal Arts
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
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.
For more information on assessment: Planning, Resource Management and Assessment
SRU’s campus is located in Slippery Rock, a borough in northern Butler County, Pennsylvania, that is a safe and friendly community of approximately 3,500 residents. SRU is less than an hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh, one hour south of Erie and 45 minutes east of Youngstown, Ohio. Two major interstate highways, I-79 and I-80, intersect seven miles from the University, making the campus easily accessible.
Three quarters of Slippery Rock University’s more than 8,800 students are from western Pennsylvania, with Pittsburgh and other cities in Allegheny County providing the largest number of students. Another 13 percent of students come from central and eastern Pennsylvania. The remaining 11 percent are out-of-state students, as students from 46 states and 35 countries are represented among the student body.
The approximately 464 full- and part-time faculty members at Slippery Rock University are teachers, scholars and contributors to the University and community. The typical faculty member teaches four undergraduate courses each semester, engages in scholarly research and creative endeavors and participates in a variety of decision-making processes. Of the current full-time or tenure-track faculty, 49 percent are male and 51 percent are female and 19 percent are members of ethnic groups. In addition, 85 percent of all full-time faculty are tenured or occupy tenure-track positions, and 92 percent of full-time tenure or tenure-track faculty have earned a doctoral or other terminal degree.
Slippery Rock University’s gorgeous 660-acre campus is located in the rolling countryside of western Pennsylvania. More than 30 major buildings and 64 total facilities blend traditional and modern architecture, providing an optimal living and learning environment.
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 400,000 print volumes in the library’s collection, as well as many other resources including approximately 76,000 online journals, magazines, newspapers and other electronic resources. Print and electronic materials at the other Pennsylvania’s State System university libraries, as well as the collections of thousands of libraries nationwide, are accessible through interlibrary loan.
Other facilities include, Swope Music Hall, designed as both a performing and learning center; Vincent Science Hall, with laboratories, classrooms and a greenhouse; and Morrow Field House, 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, auditoria and other specialized classrooms.
Buildings erected since 2001 include the Physical Therapy, housing the Graduate School of Physical Therapy, and the Advanced Technology and Science Hall, which houses the Computer Science; Chemistry; and Geography, Geology and the Environment departments. Recent renovations include the Strain Safety Building, which underwent a $6.5 million upgrade in 2018. The University opened the Harrisville Building in 2016 in nearby Harrisville, Pennsylvania, to house the physician assistant and occupational therapy programs.
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. Additionally, upper class students can reside at the ROCK apartments, an eight-building complex with 188 beds. Privately owned residence halls, apartments and other types of living accommodations are available off-campus.
There are two dining halls, Weisenfluh and Boozel, as well as the 107,000-square-foot Smith Student Center that includes dining options like Starbucks and Quaker Steak and Lube, as well as a ballroom, theatre, book store, conference rooms, a PNC Bank and other offices and amenities.
Grants and Sponsored Research
Office: Old Main
Nancy L. Cruikshank, CRA
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, Research and Sponsored Programs (GRASP) 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 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, Scholarship and Creative Achievement (URSCA) 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 Achievementis held annually to highlight the research, creative and scholarly endeavors of undergraduate and graduate students. The campus-wide event encompasses poster sessions, oral presentations, exhibits and performances that showcase the work of projects conducted throughout the academic year.
Leadership Development Center
Office: 302 North Road
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
SRU’s Leadership Development Center (LDC) provides exceptional programs that engage students, faculty, staff, and community members through experiential learning opportunities. The staff at the LDC is comprised of both professional and student workers who bring a variety of expertise, knowledge, and diversity to our team. Programming at the LDC includes experience-based academic labs, student engagement, leadership & professional development workshops, and staff retreats, just to name a few! Each of these experiences is unique and customized for the groups we serve.
Our programming is complemented by our facilities: a 2,200 sq. ft. training center, a military designed leadership reaction course, a wooded leadership trail, and a 35’ climbing tower and challenge course - with a zip line! As a resource to the entire campus and the greater Slippery Rock community, the LDC is here for your group. Lodging is also available in the summer.
University Advancement - Alumni Engagement
Office: Russell Wright Alumni House
Slippery Rock University has more than 69,000 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.
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. Significantly, the Alumni Association manages and awards eighteen scholarships. Seventeen 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, the Anna Brua Williams Scholarships for women elementary education majors, Alumni Association Scholarship, and the Addison Scholarships are for academic excellence. The N. Kerr Thompson Scholarship is for student athletes.
The association also sponsors Homecoming as well as special events throughout the year. Additional information on the Alumni Association as well as upcoming events can be found on the alumni web site at www.rockalumni.com or at www.sru.edu and then clicking on Alumni.