SRU scores “College of Distinction” hat trick
July 15, 2015
Slippery Rock, Pa. - If the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Slippery Rock University seem to be smiling more than usual this week, they have good reason. The University was recently recognized as a National College of Distinction, a Public College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction for the exemplary educational experiences it provides to students.
"Slippery Rock University is again honored to be selected as a College of Distinction. Our mission is to provide students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences they need in order be successful in their lives, their careers and to be better citizens," Cheryl Norton, SRU president said. "It's clear by this "hat trick" of designations, others recognize and applaud our approach to educating the whole student, the whole time."
To be invited to be a part of Colleges of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across Four Distinctions: Engaged Students; Great Teaching; Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.
Schools must be nominated by high school counselors or college educators to be considered for inclusion and then are evaluated on a mix of qualitative and quantitative measures. Qualitative information is gleaned from college admission experts and includes interviews with senior administration, faculty, alumni and current students at each nominated college. Qualitative data such as graduation rates, classroom size and satisfaction measures are reviewed as part of the assessment process.
"Colleges of Distinction provides more than just a ranking or a tally of test scores. We identify colleges that offer every student an educationally rewarding experience," said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. "The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for nurturing and serving their students across every measure. Our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves."
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