Student Success Focus Yields National Honor for ATU

Colleges of Distinction Badge 2022-23

Arkansas Tech University has earned a place in the Colleges of Distinction 2022-23 cohort.

The overall Colleges of Distinction honor is based upon an institution’s demonstrated commitment to excellence in four categories: engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.

“Arkansas Tech’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success,” continued Creel. “The effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes were the kinds of engaging experiences found at Arkansas Tech. We’re inspired by the ways in which Arkansas Tech immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years.”

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.

In addition to being honored for an overall dedication to student success, Arkansas Tech was also lauded for its service to students in several specific areas, including its academic programs in business, its academic programs in education, military support, equity and inclusion and career development.

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech serves 9,640 students on campuses in Russellville and Ozark. ATU is distinctive in its ability to confer credentials ranging from technical certificates to associate degrees to bachelor’s degrees and all the way through doctoral degrees.

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