Barry McNamara  |   Published July 21, 2015

Monmouth named a College of Distinction for 2015-16

Monmouth’s ‘teaching-centered education’ draws praise from web-based college guide
Monmouth College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2015-2016 school year. The designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education.
“Monmouth excels at what matters most: providing a teaching-centered undergraduate education that combines innovative learning programs with experiential educational opportunities,” said a spokesperson for Colleges of Distinction.   “It is always gratifying to have external affirmation,” said Monmouth College president Clarence R. Wyatt. “This honor is, of course, a tribute to the outstanding work that our faculty and staff do each day. We certainly accept this recognition, but we also take it as a challenge to create an even more innovative and empowering experience for our students.”   The College of Distinction pool includes schools such as Kenyon, William & Mary, Grinnell and Macalester.
  A College of Distinction is nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school; strongly focused on teaching undergraduates; home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences; highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation; and home to an active campus with many opportunities for personal development. Monmouth checks all five boxes, and recent alumni especially credit the aforementioned “teaching-centered education” for their current success.
  “Monmouth is the kind of college that really builds its students up,” said Jess Bybee, a 2014 graduate who went on to attend The Second City Training Centre in Chicago. “It has a very personal way of educating students. For me, that’s where the confidence came in, and that’s the confidence I needed to try something as ambitious as Second City.”   Another graduate student, Patrick Corrigan ’13, who is studying chemistry at Penn State University, agreed.
  “I would definitely say that I became a much better student at Monmouth,” said Corrigan. “A lot of that was due to Monmouth’s nurturing environment. I’m also a better leader, and I work with people better. I’ve grown so much since I first set foot on campus at Monmouth.”   One of Corrigan’s classmates, Dan Asbell, is now a financial analyst at State Farm Insurance. While majoring in accounting, Asbell went from learning numeric formulas to more “big picture” concepts.   “When I became a junior, there were fewer quizzes and tests, and my performance in class was based more on my ability to figure things out,” he said. “I learned how to learn. I’m confident that whatever job I have, I’ll learn faster thanks to the education I received at Monmouth.”   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 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.
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