National Acclaim Granted to Ashland University’s Professional Programming

National Acclaim Granted to Ashland University’s Professional Programming

7/10/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Colleges of Distinction has spent nearly two decades advocating for institutions that prioritize the overall undergraduate experience with a hands-on, thorough liberal arts education. Its unique selection process evaluates each school holistically, going beyond typical rankings lists to acknowledge the everyday opportunities for students to engage actively with their peers, professors and respective areas of study. As a trusted, one-of-a-kind resource, Colleges of Distinction is now awarding further accolades to help prospective students find the best-fit school for them.

Already honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, Ashland University has now received program-specific recognition in business, education and nursing. Today’s job market is growing more complex every day, requiring the modern worker to be not only knowledgeable, but also apt at communication and vigilant in the face of new challenges. Ashland University’s exhaustive curriculum has worked to meet these needs, preparing its students to take on the post-graduate world through an education that reaches far beyond the basics.

“Ashland University continues to impress with its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Its extensive liberal arts curriculum informs and enriches everything students do both in and out of the classroom. And with such an involved engagement of experiential high-impact practices, Ashland University continues to go the extra mile in professional education.”

Schritter said Colleges of Distinction granted these Fields of Study awards after a comprehensive vetting process, individually selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program and a track record for success.

AU President Dr. Carlos Campo said he is very pleased that Ashland University has received the Field of Study badges and he believes that this recognition illustrates some of the things that AU does best on its campus.

“We focus on great teaching as well as placing an emphasis on engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom with exciting living and learning environments, and that is drawing some attention,” Campo said.

The Colleges of Distinction report highlighted Ashland’s business, education and nursing programs that received these honors:

Business: The fast-paced, modern world of business requires effective communication and innovative strategies. Ashland’s programs in accounting, business administration, business management, economics, entrepreneurship, fashion merchandising, finance, hospitality management, international business, management information systems, marketing, sport management and supply chain management keep their future leaders ahead of the curve and ready to grow alongside the industry. As a true professional school, the Dauch College makes sure that its students are qualified and ready to work day one of their business career.

Education: Ashland University’s future educators are bolstered by an enriching liberal arts perspective, allowing them to be empathetic, creative and efficient mentors for their students. The Ashland Education program, one of the largest among institutions in Ohio, offers pre-K through doctorate level courses and has a reputation as having one of the strongest education programs in the state.

Nursing: The accredited Nursing program at Ashland University has enabled its students to take calculated action, even in high-pressure situations. Their well-rounded perspective allows them to think on their feet and care deeply for their patients. Programs in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences include Athletic Training, Dietetics, Exercise Science and Nursing and graduates are prepared both professionally and personally for the challenges of an exciting and rewarding career as healthcare professionals.

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About Colleges of Distinction: Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###