category: Campus News Carson-Newman University named a “College of Distinction” category: Campus News | August 5, 2014 (August 5, 2014) – Carson-Newman University has been named a “College of Distinction” for the 2014-2015 school year. Carson-Newman is one of a select group of colleges to earn the prestigious designation, based on its excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes. The honor comes from the organization Colleges of Distinction. “Our students are the reason we are here and the reason we do what we do,” said Carson-Newman University President J. Randall O’Brien. “To be recognized as a College of Distinction is very gratifying and speaks to the way in which our Carson-Newman community puts students first, from the time they arrive on campus to when they earn their degree and become members of our alumni body.” 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 equally impressive schools. Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the 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 Carson-Newman’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit CollegeosfDistinction.com. Carson-Newman University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The University has 2,045 students and offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.