Statement of Accreditation Status

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

  • CEO: Dr. William Behre, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Mary Hennessey
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, medium, primarily residential
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Slippery Rock State College (7/1/1983)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1943
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

Contact Information

1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

(724) 738-9000

www.sru.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request that the next self-study, in preparation for a visit in 2020-2021, provide further evidence addressing the institution's status with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • September 30, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, addressing recent action by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), and Requirement of Affiliation 6.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's Degree - Research/Scholarship degree program (Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Quanzhou University of Information Engineering, 249 East Bodong Road, Quanzhou, Fujian, China within the institution's scope of accreditation. To direct a substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after the commencement of instruction at the additional location. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the Ministry of Education in China. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • February 1, 2018
    To rescind the substantive change action of June 27, 2016. To note the institution's decision to not operate the site at National School of Business Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka as an additional location.
  • June 22, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Harmer Building, 220 West Prarie Street, Harrisville, PA 16038 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the additional location at the National School of Business Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka, within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencement of operations at the additional location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with the National School of Business Management within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the November meeting.
  • February 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the additional location at Harmer Building, 220 West Prarie Street, Harrisville, PA 16038 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctorate of Education in Special Education program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Harrisville Building
    220 West Prarie Street
    Harrisville, PA 16038
  • Additional Location
    Quanzhou University of Information Engineering
    249 East Bodong Road
    Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Additional Location
    Regional Learning Alliance
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive
    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
    Opened: 01/02/2014
  • Other Instructional Site
    Aliquippa High School
    100 Harding Ave
    Aliquippa, PA 15001
  • Other Instructional Site
    Cranberry Township Municipal Building
    2525 Rochester Road
    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
  • Other Instructional Site
    Rooster's Coffee Bar
    150 South Main Street
    Slippery Rock, PA 16057
  • Other Instructional Site
    State Correctional Institution Mercer
    801 Butler Pike
    Mercer, PA 16137
  • Other Instructional Site
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    212 N. Mill Street
    New Castle, PA 16101
  • Other Instructional Site
    Union Area High School
    2106 Camden Ave
    New Castle, PA 16101

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