DBU Named a College of Distinction

3 Colleges of Distinction Badges: Texas, 2016-2017, Christian | Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX – DBU was recently named among the top colleges in the nation according to Colleges of Distinction, an organization whose goal is to identify top-tier schools across the United States.

The University joined sixteen other Texas schools who also made the organization’s list for 2016-17 and one of only five Christian schools in the state.

“We are so happy to award Dallas Baptist University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said 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, Colleges of Distinction applauds DBU for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

In order to be named to the listing, 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.

“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like DBU, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Colleges of Distinction,” shared Dr. Adam C. Wright, DBU President. “DBU strives to be a university that is focused on excellence, not only in the classroom and on the field of athletics competition, but also excellence in the strength of character demonstrated by our students. We pray that our graduates will leave here with a heart for service and desire to change the world.”

Written by Dr. Blake Killingsworth

Dr. Blake Killingsworth is the Vice President for Communications at Dallas Baptist University.