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CBU Earns National Recognition as a College of Distinction

National guide to colleges highlights innovative learning opportunities at top schools 

MEMPHIS — Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Christian Brothers University (CBU) have earned it recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

CBU students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, as well as through service learning, learning communities, and internships.

“We’re so happy to award CBU 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 CBU for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

“CBU’s inclusion among the Colleges of Distinction affirms the great strides and innovations we’ve made and continue to make,” said Dr. John Smarrelli, president of Christian Brothers University. “Their criteria for selection is actually the hallmark of a CBU education and an affirmation of our mission: students who are engaged not only in their studies but also in their community, and top-notch professors who make sure those students are committed to learning beyond their classroom—through research, through hands-on experience, and through exposure to the larger real world outside our campus.”

To be selected, schools must demonstrate results across the 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.

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

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