The college is recognized for excelling in the areas of student engagement, teaching, community, and successful outcomes. PC is one of only seven colleges and universities in South Carolina to be recognized for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed. Colleges of Distinction, a guide for college-bound students, named PC a 2022-2023 College of Distinction as well as a College of Distinction in South Carolina. PC also earned recognition in the areas of Business, Education, and Career Development. “When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, Founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”[/vc_column_text]
Four Distinctions that Set Colleges Apart
According to Creel, Colleges of Distinction believes that a thorough selection process requires more than an overview of institutional data, statistics, and size of endowment. Instead, the Colleges of Distinction selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. These principles are all informed by practices to prioritize the ways that institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized college experience both inside and outside of the classroom. To earn the recognition, PC demonstrated the following programs and experiences:
- Engaged Students – Students at PC have the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning through undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad.
- Great Teaching – Students at PC have meaningful interactions with faculty in all of their courses. The average class size at PC is 15, and the student-to-professor ratio is 12 to 1.
- Vibrant Community – Creating connections with peers outside of the classroom is an important part of a well-rounded college experience. PC offers service opportunities through organizations like Student Volunteer Services and more than 60 clubs and organizations to help students find a sense of belonging and meaning throughout their campus experience.
- Successful Outcomes – The undergraduate experience works cohesively to prepare students not only for graduation, but for life after graduation. Some of these experiences at PC include Capstone courses and other projects
Committed to Student Success
“PC’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success. The effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes were the kinds of engaging experiences found at PC,” Creel said.
“We’re inspired by the ways in which PC immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years.”