McKendree Earns National Recognition as a 'College of Distinction'

Photo of Colleges of Distinction 2015-2016 BadgeGuide highlights innovative learning opportunities at top colleges and universities.

(LEBANON, Ill., June 16, 2015) - Innovative learning opportunities at McKendree University have earned it recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for 2015-2016.

McKendree students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, service learning, living and learning communities and internships.

Schools must demonstrate results across 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 areas and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual selection process also includes a review of each institution’s first-year experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor McKendree University for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “Active engagement is well recognized as a key to ensuring that undergraduates get the most out of their educations, and it has proven correlation with on-time graduation as well. Students increasingly demand access to hands-on learning, and Colleges of Distinction congratulates McKendree for leading the way in the development of new methodologies that prepare students for the future.

“Colleges of Distinction provides more than just a ranking or a tally of test scores. We identify colleges that offer every student an educationally rewarding experience. The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for nurturing and serving their students across every measure. Like McKendree University, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and e-guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. Member schools in the consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience.