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 New SRU, YSU Agreement Opens Engineering Degree Opportunities 




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          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Current and potential Slippery Rock University students interested in studying engineering now have additional choices following Monday’s signing of an articulation agreement with Youngstown State University’s Rayen College School of Engineering and Technology.

          The agreement signed at SRU by YSU President David C. Sweet and SRU Interim President Robert Smith creates a “3+2 program” that allows undergraduate students to spend their first three years studying at SRU, including work in physics, before being admitted to YSU to complete their engineering studies.

          While the program is a first for YSU, SRU currently has a similar agreement with Penn State University. “This  agreement will allow our students more options, including additional areas of engineering study as well as location,” says Dr. Ben Shaevitz, professor of chemistry and physics and a plan proponent.

          Both presidents said the agreement opens the door for further joint study programs. “This is a prime example of how two institutions can combine their resources to enhance educational services and benefit students throughout our region,” Sweet said.

           "I am excited about the opportunity YSU has made available to our students," said Jane Fulton, dean of SRU's College of Health, Environment and Science. "I believe that these degrees in engineering and engineering technology will significantly strengthen our workforce in Pennsylvania.”

           Cynthia Hirtzel, YSU engineering dean, said she hopes this is only the first of many programs of this kind in her college. “Now that we have a template, I will be pursuing these programs with other universities,” she said.

           After completing three years of work toward a physics degree at SRU students and the first year of engineering studies at YSU, the student receives a bachelor’s degree from SRU; after completing the second year of engineering studies, the student receives a bachelor of engineering degree from YSU.

Up to a dozen students are initially expected to open the program.


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(Seated from left to right) Dr. Cynthia Hirtzel, YSU dean and professor of engineering and technology, Dr. David Sweet, president of Youngstown State University, Dr. Robert Smith, interim president of Slippery Rock University, and Dr. Jane Fulton, dean, SRU College of Health, Environment and Science. (Standing) Dr. Tony Atwater, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at YSU, and Dr. William Williams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at SRU.

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President David Sweet and Interim President Robert Smith share a laugh at Monday's articulation agreement signing.

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