Eastern Named a 2019-20 ‘College of Distinction’

Eastern Connecticut State University has been named a 2019-20 College of Distinction by the college-guide organization Colleges of Distinction. In addition to the university-wide accolade, Eastern’s business and education programs, as well as its career development center, were honored with badges of distinction.

Rather than rank schools on criteria such as selectivity and endowment size, Colleges of Distinction recognizes schools that incorporate high-impact practices and student-centered programs into every student’s undergraduate experience. Such practices include community-based learning and service-learning programs, study abroad opportunities, intensive writing courses, faculty mentorship, undergraduate research, living-learning communities and internships.

“We are so proud to see Eastern Connecticut State 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 that Eastern takes an innovative approach with its curriculum, which ensures that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of interviews and research of 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: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, 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,” said Schritter. “Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. Eastern Connecticut State University 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.”

Written by Michael Rouleau

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Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of 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, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.