January 27, 2022 (Jackson, Miss.) - Colleges of Distinction recognized Belhaven University's School of Nursing, School of Business, and School of Education for their quality programs, and awarded them top honors.
These accolades were borne out of a need for college curricula that is comprehensive not only in course material, but also in practical development. Belhaven University has met these needs with a blend of liberal arts education, program-specific training, and abundant opportunities for real-world application.
We complete a thorough review of the programs in question before giving the awards, said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. We're looking for such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, advising and mentoring, integration of career services, and successful outcomes for students. It's wonderful to see how Belhaven University really exemplifies these qualities.
Colleges of Distinction advocates for schools whose undergraduate experiences are grounded in a philosophy of well-rounded, individualized engagement. They recognized that Belhaven students excelled before and after graduation, entering the workforce with solid, well-developed critical thinking skills as well as the ability to adapt in an ever-changing society.
We engage our business students through case studies, internships, and simulations to fully prepare them for positions of servant leadership upon graduation, said Belhaven School of Business Dean Dr. Chip Mason. Our business faculty deserve much of the credit for this recognition. They are all dedicated teachers who are focused on each student reaching their highest potential in the world of business.
At its core, the Christian Worldview infused into all coursework is what sets our department's future teachers and educators apart from other universities, said Dean of Belhaven's School of Education Dr. David Hand. The School of Education's highly qualified faculty members all hold Doctorates in Education and have many years of experience in K-12 classrooms.Several professors are National Board Certified and maintain their certification.
Dean of Belhaven's School of Nursing Dr. Amy Rex-Smith, believes strong faculty, connections with students, and commitment to academic excellence is key to the department's success. Our graduation rates, licensure pass-rates, and high-employment rates are a testament to the value of our nursing program, adds Smith.