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College of Saint Mary Named 2023-24 College of Distinction

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

OMAHA, Neb. – College of Saint Mary (CSM) has been named a College of Distinction for the 2023-24 academic year, making its commitment to providing a high-quality undergraduate education that focuses on hands-on learning, strong student-teacher relationships, a vibrant campus life, and successful outcomes. This is the second straight year CSM has received this recognition.

CSM was also named a Nebraska College of Distinction and a Catholic College of Distinction.

“I’m pleased to learn College of Saint Mary has been recognized as a College of Distinction,” said CSM President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM. “This honor reflects the University’s commitment to providing access to education for women in an environment that fosters leadership.”

Aside from overall undergraduate recognition, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual areas. CSM has earned additional recognition in the fields of Business, Education, Nursing, Career Development, and Equity & Inclusion.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. As a College of Distinction, CSM has shown excellence in each of these areas, providing its students with a well-rounded, practical education that prepares them for successful careers and lives.

“We believe that engaged students are successful students,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “And College of Saint Mary’s dedication to experiential learning shows us that each of its students has the opportunity to play an active role in their education.”

To be named a College of Distinction, CSM demonstrated excellence in undergraduate education in such factors as student engagement, teaching excellence, outcomes-based learning, and community involvement. This evaluation process differs from those of popular college rankings publications, whose formulas grade institutions based on things like faculty salaries, endowment size, and peer opinion.

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