Hartsville, S.C. – August 12, 2014 – Coker College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. Coker is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in four areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes. This is the fourth consecutive year that Coker has been selected.
“The Colleges of Distinction recognition is especially meaningful to me because it affirms those things we believe are central to the Coker College experience,” said provost Tracy Parkinson. “At Coker, we seek to foster a community in which students are uniquely engaged with teaching that inspires and motivates them, and in which we define our success by that of our students.”
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 impressive schools. This year, Coker is one of only 294 schools nationwide and seven in South Carolina to be selected.
Colleges of Distinction aims to look beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are 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.
“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.”
To view Coker’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit www.collegesofdistinction.com.
About Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. CollegesofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.
Release written by media relations coordinator at Coker, Elizabeth McCarley.
Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.