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BYTES SRU gets ‘gold star’ from Middle States Commission on Higher Education

‘The White Coats are coming!’ For hundreds of years, the white coat has been a symbol of physicians and medicine. And for many students, receiving a white coat is a rite of passage in the journey from layman to healthcare professional. For 52 Slippery Rock University graduate students taking part in the University’s April 9 White Coat Ceremony, it also marked their place in history as the first group from SRU’s physician assistant studies program to accomplish the feat. SRU’s program is a 24-month program that combines academic and clinical instruction to prepare graduates for evidencebased practice, case management and wellness services. The program, housed at SRU’s Harrisville Building, includes 13 state-

of-the-art labs and equipment that simulates real-time patient care, including an interactive mannequin that produces mock vital signs. Four exam rooms include cameras for professors to monitor student progress.

You did great, Slippery Rock University. In fact, you did really great. So said the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in accepting SRU’s Periodic Review Report that reaffirms the University’s accreditation. In notifying SRU of its acceptance, the MSCHE commended the institution for the quality of its Periodic Review Report. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-govern­ mental, regional membership association that serves higher education institutions across five states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. MSCHE’s accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission. MSCHE accreditation helps to assure students and the public of the educational quality of participating institutions.

SRU spring enrollment continues positive gains Despite a decline in the number of collegebound students at colleges and universities across the country, Slippery Rock University again bucked the enrollment trend this spring. When 15-day enrollment numbers for the spring 2017 semester were released, SRU boasted 8,317 students, an increase of 1.43 percent when compared to last year’s figure of 8,200. Graduate student headcount increased by 83 students (7.62 percent), from 1,089 to 1,172; while undergraduate headcount increased by 34 students (.48 percent), from 7,111 to 7,145.

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SRU earns ‘Blue Ribbon College Farm’ recognition Slippery Rock University’s earth-friendly farming practices at the Macoskey Center for Sustainability Systems Education and Research has reaped a Top 20 ranking from Online College Plan, which ranked SRU 17th on a list of 60 “Blue Ribbon College Farms.” SRU students are heavily involved in the raising of a variety of organic crops at the Macoskey Center, including: peppers, squash, zucchini, radishes, corn, pumpkins, onions, watermelon, apple and cucumbers. A number of free-range chickens provide eggs that are sold locally, as well as being used at SRU dining halls. In return, the Macoskey Center receives up to 35 pounds of post-consumer material such as fruit cores and wilted lettuce from the dining halls on a daily basis that is used to make compost.

Rock Magazine Summer 2017  
Rock Magazine Summer 2017  
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