Converse has received the designation “College of Distinction” in the newly-released 2008-2009 edition of Colleges of Distinction. Unlike traditional numeric-based college guidebooks, this book recognizes and appeals to students’ unique interests, realizing what may be “the best” college for one student, may be vastly different than the best for another.
Approximately 40 colleges in each of the six geographical regions in the U.S. were selected as meeting four key criteria that make a college truly exceptional: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. These are the “hidden gems” of higher education institutions – as determined by a review board of academicians, guidance counselors, and parents.
Betsy Fleming, President of Converse, comments, “Converse College has long been committed to providing a distinctive educational experience for its students. As part of our strategic plan for the future, we have set our sights on becoming nationally recognized as a leading center for the cultivation and development of creative thinking across all disciplines in and out of the classroom. Converse is indeed on the rise, growing in recognition for our work to produce adaptable, independent thinkers and doers who effect positive change in the twenty-first century."
Converse College was required to go through an application process to be considered, be nationally recognized by education professionals, employ outstanding teachers that provide innovative learning experiences, have an active campus and community that allows for personal development, and be highly valued by employers for its outstanding preparation. Colleges of Distinction also recognized three other colleges in the state, including: Anderson College, College of Charleston, and Presbyterian College.
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