Gannon University is Honored to Serve the Region as a National Catholic College of Distinction
Posted: August 23, 2016
Gannon University is honored to serve an Erie community that is
now home to two Catholic Colleges of Distinction. Gannon University
has earned national recognition as a 2016-17 Catholic College of
Distinction. Gannon University, Erie's diocesan university, is one
of 74 across the nation to have been selected as a Catholic College
The University is honored to receive recognition for dedication
to its Mission and Catholic Identity, but more importantly for how
these characteristics are lived out and create positive impact on
the students and our community.
Colleges of Distinction is a national organization that
identifies colleges and universities that achieve exceptional
results in four categories of achievement that the organization
calls the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching,
Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.
The annual process to select the nation's Colleges of
Distinction begins with nominations by high school counselors and
educators. Colleges are evaluated on key indicators of the Four
Distinctions, including student engagement, curriculum innovation,
a review of each institution's first-year experience, as well as
its strategic plan, alumni success and other measures of
satisfaction. Qualifying colleges are then invited to join Colleges
This recognition is the latest in a series of high-level honors
received by Gannon University in the last two years.
U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, 2016 Edition named
Gannon University as a "Best Value" School, the only regional
university in northwestern Pennsylvania to be so honored. Gannon
University was also listed in the top fifteen of PayScale.com's
College ROI Report: Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, the University ranked number 24 nationally in the
category of best value religious schools as measured by the 20-year
net return on investment of a Gannon University bachelor's
In July, Gannon University was recognized as one of the best
colleges in the nation to work for in the Chronicle of Higher
Education's 2016 annual report on The Academic Workplace, which
recognizes colleges and universities for specific best practices
and policies. Gannon University received recognition in two of the
12 categories measured.
"We're happy to recognize Gannon University for developing
skills relevant to graduates' lives," said Tyson Schritter,
executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. "High student
engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful
undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on
learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Gannon
University for practicing methodologies that prepare students for
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