Monmouth College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. The designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education.
“Monmouth was selected for providing an innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education with a strong record of preparing its graduates for real-world success,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “We recognize that Monmouth remains dedicated to the Colleges of Distinction core values: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.”
Those values match up well with the four guiding principles named in the college’s new strategic plan: build an environment that promotes active learning; inspire students to lead and serve society using democratic principles; prepare students to solve complex problems; and guide students to discover meaningful careers and purpose in life.
Through its innovative Wackerle Career and Leadership Center, Monmouth College provides extensive programming to help students prepare for fulfilling lives and careers. A survey of recent graduates revealed that 99 percent were employed or enrolled in further education within six months of graduation. With an average class size of 15 students, professors are able to work side-by-side with their students on research projects and are readily available to assist them with networking and post-graduate opportunities.
Recent graduate Stevie Croisant, who served as editor of the college newspaper, is just one example of a student who appreciates Monmouth’s teacher-centered approach. Of her English professor, Marlo Belschner, she said, “I cannot thank her enough for the time and effort she put into helping me become a better writer, helping me to study off-campus and giving me pointers during my job search.”
Jake Owens, a summa cum laude graduate in May who is now pursuing an advanced degree in biochemistry at Purdue University, was equally satisfied with his Monmouth experience.
“When it’s all said and done, I got just about the best possible education at Monmouth,” said Owens, who also found the time to be a four-year member of the men’s soccer team. “It set me up for so many different things in the future. I learned how to think and I learned how to learn. And I learned how to use my unique skills and talents to maximize my potential in whatever I do.”
Brandon Kemerling, a 2013 graduate, is currently completing graduate work at Ohio State University. A physics major who also participated in golf, Kemerling is focusing his studies on laser welding processes and computer simulations on those welds, using computational fluid dynamics.
“The class sizes at Monmouth are such a huge advantage,” he said. “Sitting in some of the classes at OSU with 60 or more students, you simply cannot interrupt class with a question you may have.”
The designation from Colleges of Distinction joins accolades that Monmouth has received from Parchment, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review and Washington Monthly. A founding member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Monmouth is also part of the Annapolis Group, a consortium of leading national independent liberal arts colleges.
Based in Austin, Texas, 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. The colleges and universities chosen are not ranked but are members of a consortium of highly regarded schools. The organization focuses on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow and succeed, and that create well-rounded graduates.
To view Monmouth’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit CollegesofDistinction.com.