October 16, 2012

University of Montevallo named a College of Distinction

MONTEVALLO— The University of Montevallo is proud to announce that it has been named a College of Distinction, one of only four universities in Alabama and the only public institution in the state to receive this designation.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors and must excel in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The methodology to select a school includes both qualitative and quantitative information. Interviews are conducted with college admission experts, faculty and staff at each accepted college, administrators at other colleges and high school counselors. Also considered are graduation rates, classroom size and other statistics that reflect the four distinctions.

“This recognition from Colleges of Distinction is yet another reflection on the dedication of the faculty, staff and administrators at the University of Montevallo,” said Dr. Michelle Johnston, senior vice president for administrative affairs.

In order to engage students, the University of Montevallo offers a variety of learning experiences such as undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and more. Learning is frequently “hands-on,” and faculty work with students to develop not only as scholars, but also as responsible and productive citizens.

At Montevallo, students are taught, not by graduate students or teaching assistants, but by professors, most of whom hold the terminal degree in their field, who challenge their students and keep their interest. Classes are small, so these professors know their students by name.

Many opportunities for leadership development and co-curricular involvement are available. From student government to athletics, from music and drama to service learning, Colleges of Distinction offer a variety of experiences to allow students to become involved in the campus and local communities.

Graduates of Colleges of Distinction are recognized both by graduate schools and employers as being well prepared for the next step in their careers, and placement records are high. Alumni also tend to remain engaged long after graduation.

Information on Colleges of Distinction is available at:
http://www.collegesofdistinction.com. For information about the University of Montevallo as a College of Distinction, go to: