SRU business programs recognized by Colleges of Distinction


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Slippery Rock University’s business programs were recognized with a special endorsement by Colleges of Distinction.

June 17, 2022

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University's business programs earned a national endorsement from the Colleges of Distinction, an online guide for college-bound students that honors colleges and universities throughout the U.S. for their excellence. In addition to being named a 2022-23 College of Distinction, SRU received specialized recognition for business.

According to COD, the specialized endorsement for business is intended to advocate for schools "whose undergraduate experiences are grounded in a philosophy of well-rounded, individualized engagement." Among these institutions, "SRU excels at graduating students into the workforce with solid, well-developed critical thinking skills as well as the ability to adapt in an ever-changing society."

Schools were evaluated based on criteria, traits and benefits for students that included stability, accreditation, multidisciplinary, practical experience, collaborative learning, business ethics, dedicated advising and counseling, high-impact practices, and industry connections.

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"We complete a thorough review of the programs in question before giving the awards," said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. "We're looking for qualities such as accreditation, breadth of program, advising and mentoring, integration of career services, and successful outcomes for students. It's wonderful to see how SRU really exemplifies these qualities within the field."

SRU's College of Business consists of eight academic departments, more than 80 faculty members and nearly 2,000 students across 16 degree programs.

"This national recognition reinforces our reputation for having a student-centric focus and innovative approach to business education," said Lawrence Shao, dean of the College of Business. "We are fortunate to have such outstanding faculty, staff, students and administrative support that help us meet the highest standards for our programs."

Earlier this month, SRU was recognized by the COD for being named a 2022-23 national, public and Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

For more information about the awards, visit the  Colleges of Distinction website.

To learn more about SRU's College of Business visit the college's webpage.

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