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King University News :: King University Honored as a College of Distinction

National college guide highlights colleges that excel in student-focused education

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Sept. 8, 2014 – King University has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 academic year. King University is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.

“King is committed to providing students with an academically rigorous curriculum based in the liberal arts, and we are committed to fulfilling our mission of building meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ,” says Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president for Academic Affairs at King University. “The College of Distinction honor given to us is evidence of those commitments.”

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.

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.

 “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 King University’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit www.CollegeosfDistinction.com.

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Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit www.CollegesofDistinction.com.

King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.