Deposit deadline nears for SRU Gateway Program


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June 23, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Potential students have until June 30 to enroll in Slippery Rock University's new Gateway Program, an alternative entrance program, designed to help them improve their study skills and learning abilities while earning college credits.

The one-semester program offers support-intensive classes in writing, political science, philosophy and mathematics on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township. A one-credit "Learning Strategies" course will be part of the Monday class schedule.

"Slippery Rock University provides one of the region's most affordable, quality educations along with a high graduation rate, and admission continues to be competitive. As a way of helping students with recognized potential, but who were denied admission and were contacted by us, we created the Gateway Program," said Chris Kreiser, associate professor of English and program director.

"This is a 'second chance at admissions,'" he said. "We believe that because of the dedication of SRU faculty and support staff who are working with the program, and the commitment by participating students, we can help move these students into full admission by spring semester."

Those who are successful in the pilot program will earn 13 college credits, keeping them on track for a four-year graduation. Classes were specifically selected to allow participants to remain on track toward graduation, with no loss of credits.



"We were also very selective in the students we targeted for the program. "We invited only those who were identified with academic promise, and who we believe will truly benefit from the Gateway Program," Kreiser said.

"Right now, we have about half of the cohort we are looking for, and there has been considerable interest from those we invited. Participants in the program who are successful have been guaranteed spring admission, including on-campus housing if they want it," he said.

Those applying for the program must submit a $90 deposit by June 30.

Students enrolled in the program will move through the college-level classes as a group, and will be able to share learning as well as enjoy added tutoring.

SRU faculty teaching in the program include Richard Marchand, professor of mathematics; Heather Frederick, assistant professor of political science; Susan Parsons, assistant professor of interdisciplinary programs, and Kreiser. Support services will continue after the student is enrolled on the main campus.

"The Gateway program provides the academic support, smaller class sizes and the expertise of our best professors to prepare students for success at Slippery Rock University," Kreiser said.

For more information, call Kreiser at 724.738.2376, or email him at: