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SU recognized as a College of Distinction

13 February 2020 Winchester News


Shenandoah University has received national recognition as a College of Distinction for its individualized and engaging education and its student success and satisfaction.

The Colleges of Distinction award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on factors such as the size of endowment, selectivity and faculty salaries. 

Shenandoah, like other Colleges of Distinction, earns recognition for its many student-centered programs, including first-year seminars; programs in service-learning and diversity and global learning; interdisciplinary programs; collaborative assignments and projects; capstone projects; and study abroad programs and internships.

Programs of note include Shenandoah Conversations; the annual Global Citizenship Project; internships and work-study opportunities, including those at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea and at the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff National Championship games; a weeklong celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.; the College of Arts & Sciences honors program; and national and international spiritual life trips.

“We are so proud to see Shenandoah University walking the walk,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. That’s why it’s so encouraging to find Shenandoah take such an innovative approach with its curriculum: its high-impact educational practices ensure that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts, along with its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted if they adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction doesn’t rank schools, because we know that every student is different in what they need to best learn, grow and succeed,” Schritter said. “Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. Shenandoah University puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities students need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.”

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