For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Montevallo has been recognized as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. It continues to be one of only two schools in Alabama marked with the Public College of Distinction achievement.
UM has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching.
“We are very pleased to be included in this prestigious ranking,” stated UM President John W. Stewart III. “In their deliberations, Colleges of Distinction assigns tremendous weight to the enterprise of teaching and learning. Many of the institutions they include are elite, private colleges. Montevallo stands as a unique model for quality and affordability in higher education, offering a small, private-college experience for the cost of a state institution.”
With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building service-learning programs, interdisciplinary programs, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad programs and internships.
“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize the University of Montevallo as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with UM’s curriculum, which 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.”
Colleges of Distinction’s selection process reviews several facets of each institution, including general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are chosen on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.
“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, the University of Montevallo stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”