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Western Carolina University wins recognition, awards and accolades on state, regional and national levels. Recent honors include:
College of Business included among Princeton Review's 'Best 301' (2009)
A book published recently by The Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business as among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration.
WCU ranked No. 10 among public master's universities in South (2009)
The latest U.S. News & World Report guide to “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Western Carolina University 10th among public universities in the South that offer master’s degrees.
Magazine ranks WCU among top ‘military-friendly schools’ (2009)
Western Carolina University has been named a top “military-friendly school” for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine and will be listed in the magazine’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools, to be published in September.
WCU recognized for civic engagement achievements (2009)
Western Carolina University has been recognized by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars for the “extraordinary strength” of its civic engagement initiatives.
Pride of the Mountains wins ‘Heisman Trophy’ of bands (2009)
WCU's Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Trophy, the nation’s highest and most-coveted award for college and university marching bands
WCU recognized with distinction on national honor roll for service (2009)
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Western Carolina University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for “exemplary commitment to service and civic engagement” on WCU’s campus and beyond.
WCU among schools featured in 'Colleges of Distinction' guide (2008)
Western Carolina University is among American colleges and universities featured in the 2008-09 edition of “Colleges of Distinction,” a guide for prospective students that focuses on four areas of academic quality – student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.
College of Business included among Princeton Review's '296 Best' (2008)
Western Carolina University’s College of Business has been ranked among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration in a book published by The Princeton Review. WCU’s program earned a top-four spot among schools offering the greatest opportunity for women and receiving high marks for small class sizes.
Online project management program ranked No. 1 'best buy' (2008)
Western Carolina University’s online master’s degree program in project management has been given a No. 1 national ranking in quality and affordability by the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.
WCU chosen for national effort to develop civic leaders (2008)
Western Carolina has been selected to participate in the American Democracy Project’s Civic Agency Initiative, a three-year effort to develop national models for successfully preparing and motivating undergraduates to be leaders in their communities.
Academic tutoring center earns international certification (2008)
The Catamount Academic Tutoring Center at Western Carolina University recently earned an international certification awarded to tutoring programs that meet or exceed the College Reading and Learning Association’s standards of quality.
Students earn high ranking for National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2008)
For the third year in a row, WCU students rank among the nation’s leaders in the number of research projects accepted for presentation at the country’s most-prestigious undergraduate research conference.
Regional development efforts featured in national magazine (2008)
The January issue of Public Purpose magazine, published by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, cited WCU’s efforts to take regional economic development to a new level in an article titled “Regional Development, Regional Leadership.”
WCU only N.C. institution selected to test sustainability rating system (2008)
WCU is among the 91 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada selected for a pilot study of a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.
President’s honor roll for community service recognizes WCU (2008)
The Corporation for National and Community Service named WCU to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service-learning efforts and leadership in building a “culture of civic engagement.”
National survey gives WCU high marks for students’ academic engagement (2007)
WCU’s efforts to ensure that students are fully engaged in the process of learning, both in and out of the classroom, earned high marks on a national survey measuring the quality of undergraduate education based upon student involvement with their studies, professors and campus communities. (Results reported in USA Today.)
Teacher education program wins national Christa McAuliffe Award (2007)
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities honored WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions with a 2007 Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award.
WCU’s new faculty reward policies attract national attention (2007)
A faculty promotion and tenure system adopted this fall at WCU rewards faculty who apply their scholarly activities to help solve problems that face the larger community beyond the boundaries of campus. (Program reported in Inside Higher Education.)
Online criminal justice program ranked No. 1 “Best Buy” (2007)
WCU’s online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice has been given a No. 1 national ranking in affordability by the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.
Business magazine names online entrepreneurship program one of top five in nation
WCU’s online Master of Entrepreneurship Program has been recognized as one of the five best online entrepreneurship programs in the nation by Fortune Small Business magazine.
WCU featured in national service-learning guidebook (2007)
A nationally distributed service-learning guidebook for prospective college students features WCU’s service-learning opportunities.
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Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009