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Dec. 7, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU makes Colleges of Distinction list

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is again among the colleges and universities designated a College of Distinction and will be featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for excellence in student-focused higher education.

"Schools designated as 'Colleges of Distinction' create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country," said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors' recommendations as well as quantitative research.

"It is always a pleasure to see our University recognized for its accomplishments and distinctions, and it is especially pleasing to see the Colleges of Distinction program has again selected Slippery Rock University for inclusion in its listings," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

SRU is the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university included on this year's list. Other Pennsylvania higher education institutions included are: Arcadia, Chatham, Neumann, St. Francis, and Susquehanna universities, along with Geneva, Grove City, Keystone, King's, La Roche, Misericordia, Mount Aloysius and Moravian colleges, among others.

Once nominated, the colleges are assessed using the "Four Distinctions," including student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Schools featured on must meet minimum standards in each category.

SRU was found to excel in all Four Distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website.

In additional to providing basic information about SRU, including enrollment numbers and degrees offered, the report offers details about the campus, including "Community building and student leadership development are hallmarks of a Slippery Rock University experience. The University is recognized for several first-year initiatives including: The FYRST program, which offers students a close-knit peer group and a mentoring relationship with an experienced professor or staff member; Its residential living-learning communities that allow students who share similar academic, career or personal interests to live together; and programs that are intentionally designed to help students develop community-building skills while finding their own individual strengths."

"By the time a student graduates from Slippery Rock University they are engaged in the following core-learning outcomes:

  • Engaged citizenship; community service, social justice
  • Career planning
  • Ethical approaches to business, relationships, problem solving and conflict
  • Practical leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Critical thinking; evaluating sources of information
  • Informed decision making
  • Working in teams and groups; conflict resolution
  • Cultural competency and cross-cultural understanding
  • Civility and tolerance," the report said.

The site offers college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

"While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education," Schritter said.

To view SRU's profile visit: <="" a="">

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.