AC named Affordable College of Distinction, recognized for undergraduate business programs

Posted Monday, June 12, 2023
Author: Mickey Alvarado

Adrian College was recently named a College of Distinction, an Affordable College of Distinction, and was also recognized for its outstanding undergraduate business programs for the 2023-2024 academic year, marking its commitment to providing a high-quality undergraduate education that focuses on hands-on learning, strong student-teacher relationships, a vibrant campus life, and successful outcomes.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. As a College of Distinction, Adrian College has shown excellence in each of these areas, providing its students with a well-rounded, practical education that prepares them for successful careers and lives.

“We believe that engaged students are successful students, and Adrian College’s dedication to experiential learning shows us that each of its students has the opportunity to play an active role in their education,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction.

To be named a College of Distinction, Adrian College demonstrated excellence in undergraduate education in such factors as student engagement, teaching excellence, outcomes-based learning, and community involvement. This evaluation process differs from those of popular college rankings publications, whose formulas grade institutions based on things like faculty salaries, endowment size, and peer opinion.

“Before granting awards, we conduct a thorough evaluation of the programs,” Schritter said. “We look for qualities such as accreditation, program breadth, advising and mentoring, integration of career services, and successful student outcomes. It’s truly remarkable to see how Adrian College exemplifies these qualities, particularly within the realm of business and management.”

Schritter said being one of fewer than 150 institutions selected as an Affordable College of Distinction, Adrian College stands out as a unique and cost-effective choice.

“Our evaluation factors in various cost-related aspects,” Schritter explained. “It is essential for us to recognize that students come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Thus, our methodology incorporates weighted variables that consider family income relative to net price.”

Schritter noted that Adrian College’s special recognition in the field of Business is a testament to the way it caters to its own students’ potential and goals, helping them achieve success in unique ways that cannot be ranked against others.

“Globalization and the complexities of modern business operations demand effective communication and strong problem-solving strategies. Adrian College’s programs equip future leaders with adaptability as they evolve alongside their industries.” Schritter said.

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