SRU named among the 14 most improved public colleges in the U.S. by MONEY

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Dec 18, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University was named by MONEY as one of the 14 most improved public colleges in the U.S. in rankings released Dec. 17.

MONEY's assessment was based on an analysis of data released in a new study of college graduation rates by the Education Trust, a Washington, D.C., think tank that found colleges are getting better at educating and supporting students through graduation, and doing a better job of helping minority students graduate.

In identifying the 14 public colleges as the most rapidly improving high-value colleges in the nation, MONEY noted, "these colleges all currently have above-average graduation rates, have raised their graduation rates for all students by at least 10 percent since 2003, and have reduced the achievement gap disparities among races over time."

The MONEY ranking comes on the heels of SRU being named by the Education Trust as one of the top 15 universities in the country for having shown vast improvements in completion rates for all students over the last decade and particularly it success in increasing graduation rates for underrepresented students (African-American, Latino and Native American) and decreasing the gap in completion rates between underrepresented and white students

SRU's three-year average graduation rate for underrepresented populations is 48.9 percent, which is up 17.4 percent over a 10-year span covering 2003-2013. The three-year average for white students at SRU is 62.8 percent, an increase of 11.2 percent during that same time period.

A list of the 14 schools identified by MONEY as most improved public colleges in the U.S. can be found at: http://time.com/money/4135957/most-improving-public-colleges/