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Lehigh Carbon Community College

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University has been recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Reinhardt earned badges reflecting excellence in higher education as a Christian university. It earned the 2018-19 College of Distinction, Georgia, Christian, Business and Education badges. The Business and Education badges are added honors from previous years.

With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building first-year seminars, community-based learning programs, service-learning programs, alternative spring breaks, diversity and global learning programs, intensive writing courses, interdisciplinary programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, living-learning communities, common intellectual experiences, capstone projects, study abroad programs and internships.

“Reinhardt University faculty and staff diligently work to make the best environment possible for student success and achievement,” said Provost Dr. Mark Roberts. “We have expanded offerings, from degree programs to more opportunities for service learning and internships, making Reinhardt a unique experience where each student thrives.

“This past academic year, the University launched its Quality Enhancement Plan ‘Where in the World RU Going?’ as an effort toward informing students of these high-impact opportunities,” Roberts said.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Reinhardt University 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 Reinhardt’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, Reinhardt stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”