SRU recognized in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education national rankings


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For the fifth straight year, Slippery Rock University was ranked in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Sept. 28, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University received a high-five in yet another college rankings service. For the fifth straight year, SRU was ranked in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2021. SRU was among 797 institutions ranked nationally by WSJ/THE, which started ranking colleges and universities in 2017 based on its four "pillars" of resources, engagement, outcomes and environment.

SRU was ranked in the >600 band. The WSJ/THE uses a balanced scorecard approach, measuring 15 performance metrics within its pillars, representing:

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 Outcomes and Engagement pillars, respectively.

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.

According to its website, the goal of the WSJ/THE college rankings is to provide "clear performance indicators designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives - who to trust with their education."

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

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