Colleges of Distinction Bestows Honor Upon Arkansas Tech University
BY SAM STRASNER AND RYAN TAYLOR
Arkansas Tech University's commitment to high-impact educational practices for the benefit of undergraduate students has earned it a place on the Colleges of Distinction national register.
The honor is based upon an institution's demonstrated commitment to excellence in four categories: engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.
ATU reached College of Distinction status through its investment in high-impact student success initiatives such as the On Track program, undergraduate research, study abroad, Bridge to Excellence freshman mentoring, living learning communities in student housing, the ATU Office of Civic Engagement, internships and specialized courses designed to challenge high-achieving, upper-division students.
“We are so proud to see Arkansas Tech University walking the walk,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. 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 Arkansas Tech University take such an innovative approach with its curriculum. Its high-impact educational practices ensure that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”
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 and student satisfaction.
Only two public universities in Arkansas --- Arkansas Tech University and the University of Central Arkansas --- earned the Colleges of Distinction recognition in 2019.