Eastern Named 2017-2018 College of Distinction

St. Davids, PA, July 28, 2017: Eastern University has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction for the 2017- 2018 school year. This recognition was granted and featured by CollegesofDistinction.com, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

"Eastern's faculty, staff and administration are dedicated fully to the educational and personal needs of our students, so I'm not surprised to learn we've received this recognition again, for the fifth year in a row,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Kent Sparks. “This and similar awards are evidence that we're pursuing our mission of faith, reason, and justice with excellence."

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors’ recommendations as well as quantitative research. Once nominated, the colleges are assessed using the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community, and success of graduates. Colleges that have stood out in these areas and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

Eastern University was found to excel in all Four Distinctions and has a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction™ website.

“To be designated a “College of Distinction” a school’s curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research, and global perspectives...” noted Founder, Wes Creel. “Broadcasting the virtues of a teaching-centered education is our mission and we are glad to have Eastern University as a partner along the way.”

About Colleges of Distinction:
Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and e-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 more for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.