SRU’s education programs recognized by Colleges of Distinction


McKay Education Building

Slippery Rock University’s College of Education has earned the 2020-21 Education Field of Study Recognition from Colleges of Distinction.

June 26, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — For the fourth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University's College of Education has earned the 2020-21 Education Field of Study badge from Colleges of Distinction.

Through a comprehensive vetting process, the COD recognizes education programs that exhibit high-impact practices and criteria based on stability, multidisciplinary, practical experience, non-education specialization, dedicated advising and counseling, high-impact practices and industry connections.

"We complete a thorough review of the programs before granting the honors," 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."

Colleges of Distinction Badge

"Our continued recognition from Colleges of Distinction is a testament to the hard work of our faculty to create and deliver high quality programs," said Keith Dils, dean of SRU's College of Education. "Everyone does a tremendous job contributing to student success and awards like this are a great reminder of what makes SRU a special place."

According to COD, "SRU is proud to graduate future educators who are not only knowledgeable, but also efficient mentors who provide empathetic support and novel teaching methods."

SRU's College of Education consists of six academic departments, more than 80 faculty members and more than 1,700 students across 15 degree programs.

COD has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for 20 years. The member schools within the COD consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience.

Earlier this month, SRU had a trio of badges bestowed upon it from COD, including being named a 2020-21 national, public and Pennsylvania college of distinction. Also, SRU received the 2020-21 Business Field of Study badge.

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

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

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