Mansfield recognized by Colleges of Distinction for third consecutive year

MANSFIELD — By demonstrating continued dedication to High-Impact Educational Practices, Mansfield University has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the third consecutive year.

“Mansfield is a difference maker in the lives of its students and the nation they will serve,” president Fran Hendricks said. “For 160 years, MU has provided a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Mansfield University is honored, once again, to be recognized as a College of Distinction.”

Mansfield University has created a truly unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, service learning opportunities and internships.

“We are honored to name Mansfield University as a 2017-18 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction, said. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Mansfield University for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

The annual process of selecting the nation’s Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to the Four Distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success, satisfaction measures and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, and producing the best-rounded graduates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” Schritter said. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Mansfield University, is proof that the institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

To find out more about the Colleges of Distinction program, visit