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For the second consecutive year, Lycoming College has been recognized as a College of Distinction, with further honor given to both the education program and the business program. Lycoming was originally named a College of Distinction in January 2017 for its engaging student body, excellence in teaching, vibrant residential campus community, and success in post-graduate career placement.
Colleges of Distinction functions as a unique resource that allows college-bound seniors and their families to explore different schools in search of their ideal college. In order to qualify as a national College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate excellence in engaging students, great teaching, student involvement, and yielding successful graduates. After receiving nominations from high school counselors and educators, the guide evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience, as well as a thorough liberal arts education.
“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “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, Lycoming stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”
Deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition, Lycoming stands out as an institution that also incorporates a modern approach to education, providing students with a rigorous curriculum, as well as a plethora of experiential learning opportunities in education, business administration, and 38 additional majors. Here, students reap the benefits of programming that encourages character-building and professional development.
Lycoming has individualized its approach to educating future teachers by enabling them to enter the profession with a true academic major and a teaching certification. Lycoming encourages students to pursue passions in a variety of majors, all while flourishing as empathetic and creative future educators. The program offers teaching certification in early childhood education, PreK-4; secondary education, 7-12 (biology, chemistry, English, math, physics and social studies), K-12 certification (art, modern languages and music); and special education as a dual certification, PreK-8 or 7-12. Between student teaching in Alaska, fulfilling observation hours at an on-campus preschool, and gaining classroom experience in the Dominican Republic, Lycoming’s education department offers a wide breadth of enhanced academic experiences.
Business majors at Lycoming are educated in a multitude of business and management functions, including banking, financial services, small business management, marketing, sales, advertising, retailing, management, investments, human resources, organizational development, entrepreneurship and management information systems. Lycoming’s business program can be coupled with interdisciplinary minors or majors, such as entrepreneurship or international studies. An individualized business education at Lycoming can be augmented with internship opportunities and field experiences unique only to Lycoming. These experiences allow business students to flourish as future leaders and successful professionals.
“This recognition by Colleges of Distinction is representative of the investment Lycoming College has made in enhanced learning opportunities for students,” said Philip Sprunger, Ph.D., provost and dean of Lycoming College. “Our faculty’s decision to augment classroom learning with real-world experiences is benefiting our students immensely, and we are honored by the acknowledgement.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Lycoming College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Schritter. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Lycoming’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.”
About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.