PUC Honored as a College of Distinction

By Staff Writer on August 14, 2014

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Pacific Union College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. PUC is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.

High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a college that excels in providing a student-focused education,” shares PUC Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Services Jennifer Tyner. “In keeping with PUC’s mission, we are committed to offering our students an excellent Christ-centered education that prepares them for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity.”

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction. Pacific Union College is one of 20 institutions of higher learning in California selected as a College of Distinction, and is also recognized as a Christian College of Distinction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students' learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students."

"We are pleased that the commitment of our faculty and staff to mentoring and to active learning approaches is being recognized," comments Nancy Lecourt, Pacific Union College vice president for academic administration and academic dean.

Tyner agrees: “One key to PUC’s success is faculty who truly care about their students. Our dedicated professors continually seek opportunities for students to engage in quality learning experiences, innovative service programs, internships and leadership opportunities.” PUC students are encouraged to pursue excellence, and during the 2013-2014 school year achieved recognitions for their research at conferences held by the Western Psychology Association and National Communication Association. Many students also choose to study abroad or volunteer in the local community or through international mission projects.

“This distinction recognizes PUC’s goal to prepare students to lead lives of significance and purpose,” Tyner concludes.

To view PUC’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit CollegesofDistinction.com.