Molloy Earns National Recognition As a Catholic College of Distinction
Innovative learning opportunities at Molloy College grew in 2014-2015, earning the school recognition among the nation's Colleges of Distinction.
Molloy students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in a variety of study abroad programs, as well as through service learning, internships, and other new educational paradigms.
"Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor Molloy College for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates' lives," said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. "Active engagement is well recognized as a key to ensuring that undergraduates get the most out of their educations, and it has proven correlation with on-time graduation as well. Students increasingly demand access to hands-on learning, and Colleges of Distinction congratulates Molloy for leading the way in the development of new methodologies that prepare students for the future."
Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions-Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations and each school is evaluated on key indicators, including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.
The annual process to select the nation's Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution's freshmen experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.
"We are pleased to be recognized, once again, as a College of Distinction and a Catholic College of Distinction," said Dr. Drew Bogner, President, Molloy College. "One of our strengths is our 90% retention rate, the best on Long Island and among the highest in the nation. This, along with a graduation rate that is 11 percentage points higher than the national average, is clear evidence of our commitment to the success of our students."
Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and e-guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience.