UC earns national recognition as College of Distinction

Published 11:24 am Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WILLIAMSBURG — By demonstrating continued dedication to High-Impact Educational Practices,

University of the Cumberlands has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

University of the Cumberlands has created a truly unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building first- year seminars, community-based learning programs, service learning programs, alternative Spring Breaks where students complete service projects, diversity and global learning programs, intensive writing courses, interdisciplinary programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, living-learning communities, common intellectual experiences, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, and so much more.

“We are truly honored to name University of the Cumberlands as a College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds University of the Cumberlands for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and fostering a commitment to provide its students with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

The selection process at Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures, and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select schools that are 100% focused on the student experience, driven to produce well-rounded graduates who are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like University of the Cumberlands is proof that the institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.