Prescott College recognized as a College of Distinction for 2018-19

July 11, 2018 - By Prescott College

Experiential education practices and a strong emphasis on community set Prescott College apart.

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Prescott College has been named a College of Distinction for the 2018-19 school year. Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been a resource for more than 40,000 guidance counselors across the United States. Their mission is to help parents and students find not just the “best college”, but the right college.

Colleges of Distinction notes that Prescott College sets itself apart by offering “experientially centered undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and via distance learning. Collaboration is emphasized over competition and interdisciplinary inquiry proceeds alongside professional skill development. Each student is deeply engaged in direct applications of their knowledge and skills. All students work and learn alongside expert practitioners, forming mentor relationships that build their professional networks. Students are encouraged to think critically and act ethically with sensitivity to the human community and the biosphere alike.”

Another criteria for distinction is a focus on undergraduate student education. The self-directed methodology of Prescott College allows students to ”work closely with individual graduation committees to design their own degree plans, pulling from seven study areas: adventure education; arts and humanities; cultural and regional studies; environmental studies and sustainability; interdisciplinary studies; psychology, counseling, and human development; and education.”

The undergraduate program of Prescott College tightly coordinates with its graduate programs, “undergraduate students can begin graduate coursework to accelerate the completion of their Master of Arts, Master of Education, or Master of Science degree with a semester or year’s worth of their studies for free.”

Colleges of Distinction goes beyond traditional ranking models that assess colleges based on historic prestige or athletic prowess, instead focusing on recognizing the hundreds of smaller, teaching-centered colleges that “make up the fabric of the American educational system, schools that deliver well on four overarching distinctions: Engagement, Teaching, Community and Outcomes, which are the fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education.”