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Reinhardt University championed as a College of Distinction

By Erika Neldner

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Reinhardt University has once again received national recognition for the integrity of its individualized and engaging education.

The University earned the 2019-20 College of Distinction, Georgia, Christian, Business and Education badges.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a College of Distinction year after year,” said Provost Mark Roberts. “Our faculty and staff work diligently to make sure each student gets the attention he/she needs to be successful at Reinhardt University and long after graduation. We have expanded offerings for majors and minors, and we have put a strong emphasis on High-Impact Practices, which allow students to hone lifelong skills employers are seeking.”

The implementation of High-Impact Practices as part of the Reinhardt Experience was one of the key components in the University’s strategic plan. Reinhardt students have the opportunity to study abroad, conduct undergraduate research, participate in internships and serve their community while learning.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, 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.

This award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on the basis of the size of endowment, selectivity and faculty salaries. Reinhardt University instead earns its recognition for the excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating High-Impact Practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education. Such student-centered programs include study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, service-learning, first-year seminars, community-based learning programs, alternative spring breaks, interdisciplinary programs, intensive writing courses, living-learning communities and capstone projects.

“We are so proud to see Reinhardt University walking the walk,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. That’s why it’s so encouraging to find Reinhardt University take such an innovative approach with its curriculum. Its High-Impact Educational Practices ensure that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”

About Reinhardt University

Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is a private, comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Reinhardt offers more than 40 graduate and undergraduate programs online and on campus, ranging from business and education to music and theatre. Reinhardt also offers programs in other centers in the North Georgia region. Reinhardt’s main 525-acre campus is ideally located in Waleska in the heart of Georgia’s high country and nearby the great international city of Atlanta. Named a College of Distinction, Reinhardt earned Georgia, Christian, Business and Education badges for 2019-20. For more information, please contact Reinhardt at (770) 720-5600 or see Reinhardt.edu.

About Colleges of Distinction

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, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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