This marks the third straight year ASU has earned the national “College of Distinction” designation, and ASU is one of only six Texas public universities out of 19 total Texas institutions on the 2020-21 list.
Additionally, ASU has been named a “Texas College of Distinction” and a “Public College of Distinction” – and has received specific recognition for its business, education and nursing programs based on accreditation, breadth of program and a track record for success.
Schools are selected for the various designations for demonstrating excellence in four key areas identified by Colleges of Distinction as the “four distinctions:”
- Engaged students
- Great teaching
- Vibrant community
- Successful outcomes
Several new areas of distinction have also been added this year, and ASU earned additional recognition as a “Military Support College of Distinction” and an “Equity & Inclusion College of Distinction.”
The Military Support recognition goes to schools that ensure military students are supported through comprehensive education benefits, a committed military and veteran’s affairs team, flexible options, trained faculty, and dedicated campus activities and community support. The Equity & Inclusion recognition goes to schools that understand inclusion is just as important as diversity, ensuring that all students are given equal opportunity to thrive academically, personally and professionally.
The primary goal of Colleges of Distinction is to “connect individual students to information that empowers them to make confident choices from among the best colleges in our nation.”
To that end, an in-depth profile of ASU will be published in the 2020-21 Colleges of Distinction guidebook and is already posted on the CollegesOfDistinction.com website, which provides the information to college-bound students, their parents and high school counselors without a subscription fee.