Three CUS schools named ‘Colleges of Distinction’

By Megan K. Mertz

For the second year in a row, three schools of the Concordia University System (CUS) have been named to the annual “Colleges of Distinction” list, by the organization of the same name.

colleges-distinction-INThe schools are Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill. (added in 2010); Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis. (added in 2012); and Concordia College—New York, Bronxville, N.Y. (added last year).

“Nominations for membership in Colleges of Distinction are made by high-school college counselors and educators whose mission is to find the right college for each student,” Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction, wrote in an email.

Nominated schools then go through a selection process that includes both qualitative and quantitative research. The organization looks for excellence in four areas: student engagement, the quality of teaching, the vibrancy of the college community and the success of graduates.

“The Colleges of Distinction list honors universities that have a vested interest in the development of students in mind, body and spirit,” said the Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry, president of Concordia University Wisconsin. “Being named to this list signifies the deep commitment by faculty, staff and students to Concordia’s Christ-centered mission, strengthening our dedication to educate the best students for service to the world.”

Of being named to the list, Concordia University Chicago’s new president, the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, said, “Much has changed since the university was founded 150 years ago as a college for teachers. … What has not changed is the commitment of Concordia University Chicago to prepare men and women to serve the Church and the world through academic excellence grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank the Lord for these opportunities and for this recognition as evidence that learning and faith belong together.”

For the 2014-15 school year, more than 200 colleges in 40-plus states were chosen for the list.

Colleges of Distinction, which was founded by concerned parents and admissions professionals, has been releasing its list of colleges since 2000. Chosen schools are featured in an “eGuidebook” that is sent to 40,000-plus high-school and community college counselors and distributed via, as well as being listed on the organization’s website.

Receiving this recognition “validates the Concordia Experience where faith and knowledge exist harmoniously and individual lives are transformed for service to others,” said Dr. Viji George, president of Concordia College—New York.

Megan K. Mertz is a staff writer with LCMS Communications.

Posted Aug. 27, 2014

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