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National Reviewers Recognize Alma College for Quality

National reviewers recognize Alma College for distinctions in academic quality, student life experience and successful outcomes in their annual higher education guides.

A ‘College of Distinction’

Colleges of Distinction, a national college guide for students, parents and counselors, recognizes Alma College for its innovative application of high impact educational practices — such as study abroad programs, internships and service learning — in its 2016-17 publication. It is the 10th consecutive year that Alma College has been recognized by the publication.

“High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education,” says Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience.”

The publication recognizes institutions across four distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The selection process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success and satisfaction measures.

‘Best in the Midwest’

Alma College is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Alma among its “Best in the Midwest” recommended schools in its “2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature

Alma has been featured in “Best of the Midwest” since the introduction of the ranking in 2004 — 13 consecutive years.

“We chose Alma and the other institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” says Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher. “We also give careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project.”

The Princeton Review website quotes Alma students, who say Alma “encourages extracurricular involvement while maintaining academic excellence,” with the goal of encouraging students to “take responsibility, become leaders and be academically and socially challenged to excel.”

The Princeton Review divides the country into four regions and identifies 649 colleges as academically excellent institutions of higher learning. The “best” lists are calculated from student survey results and institutional data. The 12-state Midwest region comprises Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

‘Best and Most Interesting’

Alma College is one of 300 schools highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017. The college guide offers a “selective and subjective” look at the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske, the guide profiles the selected schools’ student body, academic quality, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing and extracurricular activities.

The publication says Alma students are “extremely involved, hardworking, dedicated to helping others and caring,” that the overall atmosphere at Alma “is warm and inviting,” and that the faculty are committed to helping students succeed.

The Fiske Guide has highlighted Alma College annually since 1986.

Story published on August 31, 2016