AU earns national recognition as College of Distinction

Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Anderson University earned the school recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Anderson University students earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, as well as through service learning, learning communities and internships.

“We’re so happy to award Anderson University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Anderson University for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions—Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Anderson University, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

To view Anderson University’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit CollegeosfDistinction.com.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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