Saint Louis, MO

Lindenwood University receives a College of Distinction Cohort

George Vandervalk
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SAINT LOUIS, MO — Lindenwood University's commitment to engaged, hands-on education has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction, a guide for college-bound students that draws more attention to schools with student-centered education that fosters a dynamic learning community— highlighting aspects that traditional rankings often overlook.

Colleges of Distinction was created to support and promote student-centred schools that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes. These principles are all informed by the High-Impact Practices to prioritize the ways in which establishments alter students to own a satisfying, personal faculty expertise. Colleges of Distinction's selection process comprises a sequence of comprehensive research and in-depth interviews with the schools about each institution's freshman experience alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more.

Wes Creel, the founder of Colleges of Distinction, highlights the reasons why they don't rank their schools and instead seeks to find the best opportunities for each individual's needs and desires. "Every student has their own unique set of abilities, their own goals, and their own ideal settings in which they would strive," said Creel.

Lindenwood’s inclusion is enlightened by the distinctive ways that it commits to achieving success. Creel and his team found that student satisfaction and outcomes can be achieved through the kinds of engaging experiences found at Lindenwood, such as first-year seminars through the UNIV course, service-learning programs, diversity and global learning programs, meaningful community engagement, student leadership experiences, undergraduate research, study abroad programs and internships.

Creel then continued, "It's inspiring to see Lindenwood commit to the learning styles and community involvement that will best allow their students to succeed in and beyond their college years."

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