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Christopher Newport Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

Top national guide honors CNU for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education.

  Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Christopher Newport University has been named a College of Distinction by a top national guide to colleges that highlights innovative learning opportunities at top schools.

The Colleges of Distinction guide is used by over 40,000 guidance counselors and thousands of parents and students across the country as they decide where to go to college. Christopher Newport was named a College of Distinction because of its variety and quality of high-impact student success initiatives.

“We are so happy to award Christopher Newport for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” says Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, we applaud Christopher Newport for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

“I am so pleased Colleges of Distinction chose us for this honor,” President Paul Trible says. “Engagement drives student success at Christopher Newport University. This is not a place for spectators. We expect our students to be fully engaged in the life of the University and to take full advantage of opportunities to learn and grow.”

To be named a College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across the 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 that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

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