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University of Saint Katherine Championed as a College of Distinction
National college resource favors undergraduate engagement over brand-name prestige
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This award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on the basis of hollow or unclear numbers like the size of the endowment, selectivity, and faculty salaries. The University of Saint Katherine instead earns its recognition for the excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating High-Impact Practices throughout every student's undergraduate education. Such student-centered programs include first-year seminars, community-based learning programs, service-learning programs, integrated, interdisciplinary core program, intensive language programs, intensive writing courses, interdisciplinary programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, common intellectual experiences, capstone projects, study abroad programs and internships.
"We are so proud to see the University of Saint Katherine 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 the University of Saint Katherine 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 alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions:
"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," said Schritter. "Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. The University of Saint Katherine puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today's ever-evolving society."
Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-