Orange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa institute of higher learning has been honored again.
Northwestern College of Orange City has again been named one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.
“Colleges of Distinction” is an organization that helps students and parents choose the right college. Their staff and advisory group have visited hundreds of colleges and talked to thousands of students, professors, and graduates. They say they recognize schools that deliver on four overarching distinctions: Student Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.
Northwestern College officials say the selection was in acknowledgment of Northwestern’s “continued dedication to high-impact educational practices.” Northwestern officials say the college is the only Iowa institution to be named a 2019–20 Christian College of Distinction and one of seven selected as Iowa Colleges of Distinction.
Northwestern’s first-year seminars, collaborative assignments, and projects, undergraduate research, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, Honors Program, service-learning programs, Spring Service Partnerships, intensive writing courses and interdisciplinary programs are among the factors that led to the Colleges of Distinction recognition.
Tyson Schritter, the chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction says that Northwestern takes an innovative approach with its curriculum: Its high-impact educational practices ensure the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.
Northwestern’s business, education, and nursing programs have also received specific recognition for investing in student engagement that prepares students to thrive after graduation.