Elmira College Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

July 11 2017
Category: Academics

National guide to colleges highlights innovative learning opportunities at top schools

Cowles Hall on the Elmira College campus

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

Elmira College students earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs in 10 countries, as well as through more than 15,000 hours of community service and participation in regional, national and international internships.

“We’re so happy to recognize Elmira College 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 Elmira College for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

Schools must demonstrate results across the program’s 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.

“We are honored to be recognized as a College of Distinction,” said Dr. Charles Lindsay, president of Elmira College.  “Elmira provides students with the life-altering experience of working closely with dedicated faculty members and of living in community with other students. Students attending Elmira learn in the classrooms, studios, and laboratories; they learn from those with different life and cultural experiences; they learn through athletics, performance, and other student life activities; and they learn through community service and internships.”

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 Elmira College, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.” 

To view Elmira College’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 1999, 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. CollegeofDistinction.com provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com