Accreditation

Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street - West Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. 

Accreditation History

  • Self-Study Evaluation:  2009-2011
    • June 23, 2011:  Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Midpoint Review: 2015-2016
    • November 17, 2016:  Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation:  2018-2021
    • For more information visit SRU's 2021 Middle States Self-Study Process page (link in the left navigation bar)

View Slippery Rock University|Statement of Accreditation Status

Slippery Rock University is a public non-profit instituion and is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education ( Act 188). The institution is in good standing with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, for additional information about SRU visit the College Navigator.

In addition to Middle States institutional accreditation, SRU is recognized by various programmatic accreditation bodies.  For more information related to institutional or programmatic accreditation at SRU please contact the Office of Assessment & Accreditation at email:  samantha.kelly@sru.edu, phone: 724.738.2149.

Articulation agreements between SRU and other institutions serve as examples of the programs of quality offered by the institution. Articulation agreements for undergraduate transfer students can be found on the Community Colleges and Articulation Agreements webpage. Program/Department specific articulation agreements are included on various academic degree program pages; however a comprehensive list of programs and universities is provided in the SRU Academic Articulation Agreements document.

Accreditaton Agencies |
Institutional & Programmatic
Academic & Non-academic*

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory
Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC)*

AAAHC Logo

5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200
Skokie, IL 60077
847.853.6060
www.aaahc.org

  • McLachlan Student Health Services
  • Next Review 2022

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410.347.7700
www.abet.org

  • Computing, BS
  • Next Review 2022-2023

Accreditation Council for Occupational
Therapy Education (ACOTE)

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
301.652.AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

  • Occupational Therapy, OTD
  • Next Review 2027-2028

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

All students must complete Level II fieldwork (OCTH 810 & OCTH 815) and doctoral experiential requirements (OCTH 820) within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

The first OT class will graduate in August 2021 due to COVID-19, however students will typically graduate at the end of the spring semester.  Graduation from an ACOTE accredited educational program makes one eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) and to apply for state licensure in the state(s) one wishes to practice.

Link to NBCOT exam data:  https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance 

Accreditation Council for Business Schools
& Programs (ACBSP)

11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
913.339.9356
www.acbsp.org

  • Accounting, BSBA
  • Economics, BSBA
  • Finance, BSBA
  • Management, BSBA
  • Marketing, BSBA
  • Next Review 2022

American Chemical Society (ACS)

1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
1.800.333.9511
www.acs.org

  • Chemistry, ACS Certified Track, BS
  • Next Review 2021

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) -
Commission on Accreditation in
Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085

www.apta.org
www.capteonline.org

  • Physical Therapy, DPT
  • Next Review 2029

Accreditation Review Commission on
Education for Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)

12000 Findley Road, Ste. 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
770.476.1224
http://www.arc-pa.org/

  • Physician Assistant Program, MS
  • Next Review 2022

At its March 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Slippery Rock University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2022.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at Accreditation History, SRU.

Megan M. Borger MSPAS PA-C
Program Director
Slippery Rock University
Megan.borger@sru.edu

Samantha Kelly
Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation
Samantha.Kelly@sru.edu

Additional Information Regarding Accreditation Status

Based on the March 2020 review, the ARC-PA placed the Slippery Rock University PA Program on accreditation probation status. The Program and University administration have created and initiated a plan of action for addressing the concerns raised by the ARC-PA.  The PA Program and the University are implementing these measures.

The PA program will continue to provide high quality education as evidenced in the 94% first time test taker average since the inception of the program.

We would like to reassure our prospective and current students the program maintains accreditation, which allows students to:

  • apply for admission to the program,
  • progress to program completion,
  • sit for board examination (PANCE) upon successful program completion, and
  • apply for state licensing.

Enrolling and graduating from a program on Accreditation-Probation means that you are still graduating from an ARC-PA accredited program.

Slippery Rock University is approved to offer programs that may lead to licensure/certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. SRU cannot confirm that the PA program meets the requirements for licensure/certification in any other state or commonwealth. If you are considering to enroll in the PA education program and be certified/licensed in a state other than Pennsylvania, please check the specific requirements for licensure in your state. if you are considering to work as a PA in other states that may require certification/licensure, you should first seek guidance on your state's requirements. For more information, please consult the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)on the specific state information.

NCCPA First-Time PANCE Pass Rate

The SRU Physician Assistant Studies Program's inaugural cohort graduated on May 11, 2018. The 2018 Cohort achieved a 96% first time test-taker pass rate on the PANCE exam. SRU's class of 2019's first-time pass rate on the PANCE is 93% with 43/44 graduates having taken the exam. Complete results (including) national pass rates are are available in the  NCCPA's First-Time Taker Summary Report.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

AACSB logo and letters

777 S. Harbour Island Blvd.
Suite 750,

Tampa, 
Florida 33602 USA
813.769.6500
https://www.aacsb.edu/

  • Accounting - Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Economics - Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Finance - Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Health Care Administration & Management - Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Information Systems - Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Management - Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Marketing - Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Master of Accountancy (MACC)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Blended and Online options
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Information Management (MSHIM)
  • Master of Accountancy (MACC)
  • Next Review 2025

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

25400 US Highway N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727.210.2350
www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE)

  • Recreational Therapy, BS
  • Next Review 2026

Committee on Accreditation of the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)

  • Exercise Science, BS
  • Next Review 2021

Commission on Accreditation of
Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

6850 Austin Center Blvd.
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731-3184
512.733.9700
http://www.caate.net/

  • Athletic Training, MS (formerly BS)
  • Next Review 2021-2022

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Cahiim Accreditation Seal

200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 235-3255
https://www.cahiim.org/ 

  • Health Information Management Master's Degree Program
  • Next Review 2028-2029

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE)

655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
202-887-6791
http://ccneaccreditation.org

  • Nursing RN to BSN Completion, BSN
  • Next Review 2024

Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)

2236 Water Blossom Lane
Fort Collins, CO 80526
202.329.1189
www.cosmaweb.org

  • Sport Management, BS
  • Next Review 2025

Council on Social Work Education
(CSWE)

1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
703.683.8080
www.cswe.org

  • Social Work, BS
  • Next Review 2022

International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)*

101 S. Whiting Street, Suite 211
Alexandria, VA 22304
703.823.9840
http://www.iacsinc.org/

  • Student Counseling Center
  • Next Review 2024

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
(MSCHE)

3624 Market Street
2nd Floor
West Philadelphia, PA 19104
204-284-5000
https://www.msche.org/

  • Slippery Rock University (Institutional Accreditation Agency)
  • Next Review 2020-2021

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
703.437.0700
nasad.arts-accredit.org

  • Art, BA & BFA
  • Next Review 2028-2029

National Association of Schools of Dance
(NASD)

11250 Roger Bacon #21
Reston, VA 20190
703.437.0700
nasd.arts-accredit.org

  • Dance, BA
  • Dance, BFA - Business Administration, Performance & Choreography
  • Next Review 2021-2022

National Association of Schools of Music
(NASM)

11250 Roger Bacon #21
Reston, VA 20190
703.437.0700
www.nasm.arts-accredit.org

  • Music, BA
  • Music Education, BM
  • Music Therapy, BM
  • Music Performance, BM
  • Music Therapy, MMT
  • Next Review 2021-2022

National Association of Schools of Theatre
(NAST)

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
703.437.0700
www.nast.arts-accredit.org

  • Theatre (Acting, Design Tech), BA
  • T heatre Studies, Theatre Arts Management), BA
  • Acting (Musical Theatre Performance, Theatre Performance) BFA
  • Next Review 2027-2028

National Council for the Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036
202.223.0077
www.ncate.org

  • Early Childhood Ed, BSED
  • Health Education K-12, BSED
  • Mathematics Education, MED
  • Physical Education, BSED
  • Reading Education, MED
  • Science Education, MED
  • Secondary Ed: Middle Level BSED
  • Secondary Ed French and Spanish, BSED
  • Secondary Ed English, BSED
  • Secondary History, BSED & MED
  • Special Ed K-8 dual Early Childhood, BSED
  • Special Ed K-8, MED
  • Special Ed 7-12, MED
  • Next Review 2022

North American Association for
Environmental Education (NAAEE)

1725 Desales St. NW
Suite 401
Washington, DC 20036
202.419.0412
https://naaee.org

  • Environmental Education (Master of Education)
  • Next Review 2025

Pennsylvania Department of Education
(PDE)

333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
http://www.education.pa.gov

Certified Educator Preparation Programs

  • Autism Endorsement (PK-12)
  • Biology (7-12)
  • Chemistry (7-12)
  • Creative Movement (PK-12)
  • Earth & Space Science (7-12)
  • Elementary & Secondary School Counselor (PK-12)
  • English (7-12)
  • French (PK-12)
  • Grades (PK-4)
  • Grades (4-8)
  • Health & Physical Education (PK-12)
  • Instructional Coach Endorsement (PK-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Music (PK-12)
  • Online Instruction Program Endorsement (PK-12)
  • Physics (7-12)
  • Reading Specialist (PK-12)
  • School Nurse (PK-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)
  • Spanish (PK-12)
  • Special Education (7-12)
  • Special Education (PK-8)
  • Supervisor Special Education
  • Next Review 2026

Professional Association of Therapeutic
Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)*

PO Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233
800.369.7433
http://www.pathintl.org/

  • Storm Harbor Equestrian Center
  • Next Review 2023

SRU makes every effort to address and resolve student complaints internally using policies and procedures outlined on the SRU website consumer information page – https://www.sru.edu/students/student-consumer-information in the Student Complaint Resolution document. It is the expectation that students will utilize any and all institutional procedures to address concerns and complaints in a timely manner.

Should a complaint remain unresolved after all instiutional procecures have been exhausted, a complaint may also be filed with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education: 3624 Market Street - West Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000)  https://www.msche.org/complaints/ or Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education - Academic and Student Affairs Division, Office of the Chancellor, 2986 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110; studentcomplaints@passhe.edu