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 SRU Accepted into Prestigious Academic Honorary, Phi Kappa Phi 



April 19, 2004

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, recently extended an invitation of membership to Slippery Rock University following a yearlong evaluation. SRU accepted and will initiate a chapter in the fall.

Election to membership adds prestige and gives students and job-seekers a distinct advantage. Graduate school admission committees, like employers, know Phi Kappa Phi members represent the very best that higher education has to offer.

 “I’m overjoyed to have this,” said humanities Dean Dr. William McKinney, who petitioned Phi Kappa Phi for inclusion. “Membership with this kind of origination sends a signal that Slippery Rock University is what we’ve always known it to be, a quality academic institution.”

Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, has chapters at 300 universities.

Thorough review

In evaluating SRU, Phi Kappa Phi examined academic programs, credentials of faculty, library holdings, admissions standards and the success of graduates.  The honorary sent two national leaders to campus for two days of interviews with Interim President Dr. Robert Smith, Interim Provost Dr. William Williams, college deans, department chairs and students.

Fall launch

Last-term juniors in the upper 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the upper 10 percent and outstanding graduate students, faculty and staff will be eligible for Phi Kappa Phi membership. At initiation, members will receive gold keys and certificates of membership.

Other academic accomplishments

Phi Kappa Phi is but one indicator of mounting academics at SRU: 29 percent of this year’s freshmen came from the top 25 percent of their high school class – up 20 percent over a year ago. The class showed a 32-point increase in SAT scores over the year before, and brought with it a 3.29 grade point average.

Earlier this year, Princeton Review rated SRU as one of 98 great schools to consider in the mid-Atlantic region, a ranking based on interviews with students.

"Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is another indicator of the university's success in the past few years to be counted among the nation's outstanding academic institutions,” Smith said.  “This is further evidence that we are rapidly improving our university profile in the eyes of the academic community."






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