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UNC Receives Colleges of Distinction Honors

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July 8, 2021

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) recently received several recognitions for its commitment to engaged, hands-on education by Colleges of Distinction. 

Colleges of Distinction recognizes schools like UNC whose student-centered education prevails in applying theory to practice while fostering a dynamic learning community. 

In addition to being honored as a College of Distinction for its high-impact approach to education, UNC also received special recognition for its business and nursing programs, and for its specialized student support services in career development and equity and inclusion 

“I am pleased that UNC has received this recognition as a College of Distinction school,” said UNC President Andy Feinstein. “We pride ourselves on being a students first institution that prioritizes student success. Once a student enrolls at UNC, it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to help them graduate on time and ensure they are prepared to work in their desired field after earning their degree. This recognition from Colleges of Distinction affirms that we are well-equipped to do that.”  

The selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with schools about each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. Only colleges that adhere to four key distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes are accepted.  

“It’s inspiring to see UNC commit to the learning styles and community involvement that will best allow their students to succeed in and beyond their college years,” Wes Creel, the founder of Colleges of Distinction, said. 

UNC was one of six higher education institutions in Colorado named to the 2021-22 Colleges of Distinction list