FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 15, 2006
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
accreditation successes top Slippery Rock University
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –
Slippery Rock University President Robert Smith today told the
University’s Council of Trustees, “The
University’s enrollment and accreditation successes are
measurable indicators of progress toward our goal of continuously
improving the quality and value of an SRU degree.”
“The University has
achieved accreditation or reaccredidation for every program
evaluated,” Smith said. “This pays dividends in
improving the quality of education our students receive and our
academic reputation.” Among specific accreditations cited
were those for SRU’s Exercise Science Program and its College
of Education, which had all of its teaching certification programs
reviewed by the state Department of Education.
Smith said results from the 2006
National Survey of Student Engagement show Slippery Rock University
students consistently rate their experience at SRU higher than do
students attending peer institutions.
“These survey data prove
that ‘It’s a great time to be at Slippery Rock
University,’ is more than just a tagline. We’ve made an
incredible commitment to improving each student’s curricular
and co-curricular learning experience and the physical learning
environment. These data show students find those changes to be very
“As a University, we are
accountable to a variety of stakeholders, including parents,
students, legislators, accrediting bodies, the Council of Trustees
and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. This survey
is just one of a wide-range of assessment activities the University
routinely utilizes to help us measure our effectiveness and
strengthen the learning environment.” Smith said.
In other accomplishments, he
noted, “Our enrollment is up 9.3 percent over the past four
years. And, for the past three years, we have broken previous
records every single year while simultaneously reducing or holding
steady the size of the freshman class. During this same four-year
period, our applications for admission are up 25.7 percent, and we
are now accepting less than 70 percent of those students who apply.
This is the most rigorous acceptance rate in anyone’s
memory,” Smith said.
The president told trustees
entering freshmen have higher SAT scores and high school grades
than prior classes. He also said African-American student
enrollment was up 31 percent and enrollment of Hispanic and Latino
students was up 138 percent in the four-year time period. “In
addition, retention and graduation rates are up for all measures.
Our successes have been consistent with our goals,” he
Smith said the University
continued to solidify its position as Pennsylvania’s premier
public residential university with the opening of the first phase
of the $110-million, suite-style residence hall complex.
“These facilities, designed as models for living –
learning communities, have already begun to change the face of the
Fiscally, Smith told the
trustees, the University benefited from receiving more than $4
million in performance funding from the state – the third
highest amount among state system institutions. “This
achievement is the result of the collective will of our faculty,
staff and students,” he said.
In formal action, trustees
approved a resolution providing $625,000 for construction of a
4,700-square-foot locker room facility at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.
The addition will serve both the field hockey and lacrosse teams
and will provide restroom facilities on the visitor’s side of
Retaining its long tradition of
supporting fire departments that service the University and its
facilities, trustees voted to donate $15,000 to the Slippery Rock
Volunteer Fire Department, to be shared with the rescue squad. The
council also approved a $1,000 donation to be shared by the
Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Department and the Sandy Lake Volunteer
Fire Department, which provide fire protection at the McKeever
Environmental Learning Center operated by SRU.
In routine action, trustees
approved service and supply purchase orders, contracts and fixed
assets reports. Trustees were told of 20 instructional appointments
for spring semester and two substitute instructional appointments.
A senior professional appointment was announced along with six
state university administrator appointments, three grant-funded
coordinator appointments and 26 support staff
Trustees were informed of seven
* Terry Steele, associate
professor of music, 32 years of service
* Michael Stowe, associate
professor of sociology, 25 years of service
* Richard Kerr, computer
operations manager, 34 years of service
* John McGallis, systems
analyst, 32 years of service
* Delores Laderer,
custodial worker in facilities and planning, 12 years of
* Joan Lutz, clerk
stenographer 3 in the SRU Counseling Center, 22 years of
* Clifford Miller, utility
plant operator 2 in the heating plant, 15 years of
It was announced that John
Nichols, who retired last June, had been granted professor emeritus
status. Nichols was a history professor for 40 years at
Council will hold its next
quarterly session at 1:30 p.m., March 9.
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.
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