SRU ranked nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education


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Slippery Rock University was ranked The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2022, scoring highest in the area of Engagement.

Sept. 22, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — For the sixth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University has secured a spot on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. SRU was ranked nationally in the >600 band among 796 institutions for 2022. The WSJ/THE, which started ranking colleges and universities in 2017, bases its rankings on several data sources, including annual surveys of more than 170,000 U.S. students across all ranked colleges and 10,000 academic professionals and other experts.

The WSJ/THE uses a scoreboard of 15 individual performance metrics, grouped into four pillars representing Resources, Engagement, Outcomes and Environment. The 15 performance indicators have been selected in order to answer the questions that matter the most for people choosing a university.

Resources (30%), measuring the capacity to effectively deliver teaching.

  • Finance per student (11%).
  • Faculty per student (11%).
  • Research papers per faculty (8%).

Engagement (20%), measuring effective engagement with its students, gathered mostly by a THE student survey.

  • Student engagement (7%).
  • Student recommendation (6%).
  • Interaction with teachers and students (4%).
  • Number of accredited programs (3%).

Outcomes (40%), measuring how well the institution generate good and appropriate outputs and add value for the students.

  • Graduation rate (11%).
  • Value added to graduate salary (12%).
  • Debt after graduation (7%).
  • Academic reputation (10%).

Environment (10%), measuring the quality of the learning environment for all students, while making efforts to attract diversity among students and faculty.

  • Proportion of international students (2%).
  • Student diversity (3%).
  • Student inclusion (2%).
  • Staff diversity (3%).
  • SRU ranked highest in the Engagement pillars, occupying the eighth decile with a score of 75.9.

Data sources include the THE U.S. Student Survey and the THE Academic Reputation Survey, along with public data from IPEDs, the College Scorecard and Federal Student Aid on areas including completion rates and graduate employment.

More information about the methodology of the rankings are available on the THE website.

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