August 18, 2020

University of Holy Cross Receives National Endorsement for its Business, Education and Nursing Programs

University has excelled at giving students individual attention and support

Just one week before the start of the hybrid in-person and online school year, the University of Holy Cross has been awarded national Colleges of Distinction honors for three of its major academic programs including Business, Education and Nursing.

According to the Colleges of Distinction, the New Orleans Westbank Catholic university has excelled at giving students individual attention and support as well as offering an overall welcoming environment for its 1,254 students. Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the United States for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education.

Already honored by Colleges of Distinction for its high-impact approach to education, the University of Holy Cross has received specialized recognition for its small classes, low student-teacher ratio and teaching and learning that is guided by its mission to educate the mind but not at the expense of the heart.

These additional accolades were awarded to the University of Holy Cross by the Colleges of Distinction because of the University’s 103-year old educational commitment to five core values including excellence, respect, integrity, inclusion and compassionate service.

“We complete a thorough review of the programs before granting the honors,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “We’re looking for qualities such as accreditation, breadth of program, advising and mentoring, integration of career services, and successful outcomes for students. It’s wonderful to see how University of Holy Cross really exemplifies these qualities.”

The selection process consists of detailed interviews and research to evaluate each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

“We are honored to be included in this prestigious ranking,” said UHC President Stanton McNeely III. “In their careful considerations, the Colleges of Distinction assigns tremendous weight to the enterprise of teaching and learning. Many of the institutions they include are elite, private colleges. UHC stands as a unique model for its unique small but effective classroom environment in higher education.”

Education: The University of Holy Cross is proud to graduate future educators who are not only knowledgeable, but also efficient mentors who provide empathetic support and novel teaching methods

Nursing: The accredited Nursing program at the University of Holy Cross has enabled its students to take calculated action even in high-pressure situations. With four full years at the University of Holy Cross, these students are challenged to remain curious and compassionate throughout their rigorous practice.

Business: Globalization and the intricacies of modern business operations require effective communication and apt problem-solving strategies. University of Hold Cross’ programs in Business and Accounting keep their future leaders adaptable as they grow alongside their industry.
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