Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:30

Assumption named a ‘College of Distinction’ for innovative teaching, learning experiences and successful student outcomes

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WORCESTER, MA (August 16, 2016)— Assumption College has been awarded the 2016-17 Colleges of Distinction as well as the 2016-17 Catholic Colleges of Distinction honors for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing its graduates for real-world success.

“The Colleges of Distinction recognition reflects the emphasis Assumption places upon preparing students for a career of meaning or continued study in their chosen field,” said Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “Our emphasis on core competencies as well as our dynamic, experiential learning opportunities provided to students in the form of study abroad programs, internships, or a semester at our Rome, Italy, Campus, all aim to create thoughtful, service-minded citizens with a deeper understanding of the world in which we live.”

The 2016-17 Colleges of Distinction list includes 335 schools in the U.S., of which only 19 are located in Massachusetts.

For 15 years, Colleges of Distinction has been a trusted resource for more than 40,000 guidance counselors across the United States, thousands of parents and students, and hundreds of colleges and universities. Colleges of Distinction is founded on the premise that there are hundreds of remarkable colleges across the United States – each with a unique strength to offer the next generation of college-bound students. Institutions marked with the College of Distinction title are high-performing colleges that cover the full range of academic offerings – from the arts and sciences to the humanities to those that excel in engineering and research. While commercial rankings rely heavily on an impersonal, quantitative evaluation process, Colleges of Distinction place emphasis on the often overlooked factors of great teaching and successful outcomes.

Catholic COD 16-17In evaluating schools, Colleges of Distinction asks the question, “What colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?” In doing so, it goes beyond traditional ranking models that assess colleges based on things like historic prestige, selectivity, athletic prowess, and the size of its endowment. Colleges of Distinction honors and recognizes the hundreds of smaller, teaching-centered colleges that make up the fabric of the American educational system, schools that deliver well the four overreaching distinctions: engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes – the fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education.

The Assumption College curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students—whether studying on the Worcester, Massachusetts or Rome, Italy, campuses—become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education and professional programs, exploring new ideas, making connections across disciplines, and pushing themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills through classroom work, internships, and involvement in athletics, intramural, and student activities and clubs.

Assumption College, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption and rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Community service is at the heart of Assumption’s identity. Each year, Assumption students, through community service and internships, contribute countless hours to the city of Worcester and partner with a variety of civic and charitable organizations to benefit local residents.

For more information about Assumption College, please visit www.assumption.edu

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews