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Siena Heights Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

Siena Heights University was again recognized as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, 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.

According to COD, Siena Heights has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building community-based and service-learning programs, alternative spring breaks, diversity and global learning programs, intensive writing courses, interdisciplinary programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, living-learning communities, common intellectual experiences, capstone projects and internships.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Siena Heights University as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said COD Chief Operating Officer Tyson Schritter. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Siena Heights’ curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

In addition, SHU was also recognized as a Catholic College of Distinction and a Michigan College of Distinction, and also receive recognition for its business and education programs for 2018-19.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Siena Heights stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education.

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