Park University has been selected as one of less than 300 colleges and universities across the country to the 2012-13 Colleges of Distinction list. Park, which was also recognized in 2011-12, is one of just seven colleges/universities in Missouri to earn the honor this year.
Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of ranking colleges/ universities based on sheer numbers, it takes into account what matters most about a college: the engagement of its students, the success of its graduates, the quality of its faculty and the atmosphere of its campus.
The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, parents and high school counselors with information about schools that excel in these key areas. It provides information on schools that take a holistic approach to admissions decisions, that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and that have a truly national reputation. Colleges and universities are nominated by high school college counselors. The Colleges of Distinction methodology is a mix of qualitative and quantitative information, using interviews of staff and faculty at accepted colleges/universities, feedback from high school administrators and site visits. In addition, statistics such as graduation rates and classroom size are taken into account.
“Park University is very proud to continue serving those who serve their community and country. Being named a 2012-13 College of Distinction will, together with Park’s other leadership rankings, advance our efforts to reach out to those who wish to start or continue their higher education,” said Michael H. Droge, Ph.D., Park University president. “Park students, faculty and staff members appreciate this acknowledgment of their excellent work.”
The Colleges of Distinction recognition is the most recent of a list of honors for the University this summer. In June, Park was ranked by the U.S. Department of Education as having the second-lowest net price of any private, not-for-profit college/university in the U.S., and was ranked No. 98 nationally for bachelor’s degrees conferred to minorities by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.