Taylor Named to Colleges of Distinction Honor Roll

By Jim Garringer Published: Aug 19, 2014

Taylor University has been selected as a member of the 2014 – 2015 Colleges of Distinction (CollegesofDistinction.com), an online collegiate survey that recognizes universities for teacher-centered education and preparation of students for success after graduation.

According to the editorial staff of Colleges of Distinction, criteria for selection are qualitative and quantitative. Colleges of Distinction interviews college admissions experts from throughout the country along with senior administration, faculty, alumni and students at each nominated college. Data that includes graduation rates and classroom sizes also figures prominently in a school’s selection to the Colleges of Distinction list.

“We recognize it is more important to understand where the college is going and not where it has been, so we look for trends in data as opposed to viewing each school as a static institution,” said the survey’s editors. “Recognized schools have demonstrated their dedication to the Colleges of Distinction’s core values: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, and Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes.”

“This honor is especially exciting in that the specific criteria used by Colleges of Distinction – Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes – are distinctives embodied in the Taylor University experience,” said Steve Mortland, Taylor’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “While a growing number of college surveys each attempt to gauge the academic experience utilizing their own distinct methodologies, it is especially gratifying that our university performs quite well regardless of the criteria it is measured against.” 

The Colleges of Distinction honor is the latest accolade accorded to Taylor University, which was recently named as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes.com. Taylor has also been the number one Baccalaureate university in the Midwest for the past seven years in the U.S. News & World Report survey America’s Best Colleges.