Student Engagement Earns Reinhardt University National, State, and Religious Recognitions as a College of Distinction, a Georgia College of Distinction and a Christian College of Distinction
Innovative learning opportunities at Reinhardt expanded in 2014–2015, earning the university national, state, and religious recognitions as a College of Distinction, a Georgia College of Distinction and a Christian College of Distinction. Reinhardt is one of only two colleges recognized as a distinctive Georgia Christian institution.Recognizes Focus on Engagement and Achievement
“The honor is noteworthy because it recognizes institutions that focus on student engagement and achievement,” said Dr. Mark A. Roberts, vice president and dean for academic affairs. “All in this category have unique aspects which include great teaching and the data to back that up,” he said. “Just like the others in the group, Reinhardt has a vibrant community where students are engaged on campus. Our successful outcomes show students are benefiting from the Reinhardt experience in very real ways.”
Director of Admissions Lacey Satterfield ’02 said the designation will help prospective students know what to expect. “Being named a College of Distinction confirms to others what we’ve known internally all along. Reinhardt creates opportunities for students to have unique, life-changing experiences while they earn their degrees.”
Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction, said, “Colleges of Distinction provides more than just a ranking or a tally of test scores. We identify colleges that offer every student an educationally rewarding experience,” Active engagement is well recognized as a key to ensuring that undergraduates get the most out of their educations, and we congratulate Reinhardt for leading the way in developing new methodologies that prepare students for the future.”
4 Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes
Selected schools must demonstrate results in all 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 have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.
The College of Distinction web site highlights many of the ways Reinhardt addresses each of the fours distinctions. Here are four of the many examples outlined on the Colleges of Distinction site:
- The Robert L. Driscoll Convocation of Artists and Scholars, an annual week-long series of student performances and presentations, highlights student excellence and engagement
- Professors who provide opportunities for students to use their classroom knowledge to help others illustrate great teaching and learning while serving; examples include the partnership with SERV International and the work on “Imagine No Malaria”
- The University’s “Year of” program, which provides numerous programs focused on a selected region of the world, helps internationalize the campus and is evidence of a vibrant community
- One of the many examples of successful outcomes is the high percentage of seniors who complete capstone experiences, including portfolios, senior recitals or theatrical productions, candidate teaching, internships, senior art exhibits, and presentations at professional conferences.
To view Reinhardt’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, http://collegesofdistinction.com/school/reinhardt-university/