Hardin-Simmons named College of Distinction for Academic Excellence and Vibrant Community

July 9, 2019 Macee Hall, Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas)–Hardin-Simmons University recently received the honor of being named, once again, to the Colleges of Distinction List for the 2019-2020 school year. HSU was recognized in several categories, including the fields of business, education, and nursing, as well as being named a Christian College of Distinction, and a Career Development College of Distinction.

When creating their list, Colleges of Distinction examines four major concepts present at outstanding universities. To be named, a college or university must excel at all four categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities, and successful outcomes.

High school counselors and educators nominate exemplary schools before the schools undergo an evaluation process based on both qualitative and quantitative research. Rather than receiving a ranking, the schools become members of a consortium of other top-notch colleges and universities.

“Hardin-Simmons’ commitment to excellence is best illustrated through the lives of graduates who have excelled in a wide variety of fields,” the website boasts. “Academic excellence continues as a priority at Hardin-Simmons University as it has for more than a century.”

The list highlighted many of HSU’s programs, such as First-Year Seminars, Service and Community-Based Learning, and Senior Capstone Courses, among many others. Also emphasized were HSU’s high retention rate and low student-to-faculty ratio, as well as programs like the Julius Olsen Honors Program, the Leadership Studies program, and the diverse international student population, and opportunities like Stampede Week and Living-Learning Communities.

“Founded in 1891, Hardin-Simmons is a place where relationships really matter,” the website says. “Complementing the warmth of family and community is the vitality of an academic offering of more than 50 major and minor programs.”

Hardin-Simmons University is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The university is also accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees.

The full article can be found here.

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