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Davis & Elkins College honored among national Colleges of Distinction

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College has been recognized again for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“We are truly honored to be named a College of Distinction,” said D&E President Chris A. Wood. “This honor is based on high impact practices that mirror the high quality education at Davis & Elkins College, which is defined by distinction and excellence in a unique learning environment. I applaud our faculty who devote every effort to transforming the lives of our students.”

Davis & Elkins College has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. A unique learning environment allows students to not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building programs including first-year seminars and initiatives that encourage thought and reflection about the students’ purpose in life, interdisciplinary programs, collaborative assignments and projects, common intellectual experiences, capstone projects, study abroad programs and internships.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Davis & Elkins College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with D&E’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of High-Impact Educational Practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, 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 is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Davis & Elkins College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”

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 the website CollegesofDistinction.com.

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