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Concordia University Chicago again named a College of Distinction


Concordia University Chicago has been recognized for its committed implementation of “high-impact educational practices,” earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the ninth year in a row. This year the University receives recognition in five areas: College of Distinction, Illinois College of Distinction, Christian College of Distinction, College of Distinction–Business and College of Distinction–Education.

College of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Concordia University Chicago as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Concordia-Chicago’s curriculum is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

“It is an honor to be recognized as a College of Distinction in five categories this year, including the new categories for Business and Education programs,” said Evelyn Burdick, senior vice president of enrollment and marketing at Concordia-Chicago. “Being named a College of Distinction year after year truly speaks to our commitment to providing the best experience for students through service learning, internships, and personalized guidance and support. At the present time, a historic number of freshman students have indicated their intention to enroll this fall—further testimony to the comprehensive educational experience and level of student engagement at Concordia-Chicago.”

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