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Young Harris College Division Recognized for Excellence in Professional Programming
National guide for colleges endorses YHC’s well-rounded approach to postgraduate preparation

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College’s Division of Education was recently recognized for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in education by Colleges of Distinction, a web-based guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests.

Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, YHC’s well-rounded approach to career development ensures students are especially prepared to take on the postgraduate world.

“Teaching is such a demanding field and we appreciate this acknowledgement of our diligence in creating a program that enables diverse students to become excellent professional educators. Young Harris College students are willing to work hard and be open to change,” said Karynne Kleine, Ph.D., dean of the division of education. “Our skilled faculty and staff have been successful in supporting our students in meeting the high standards expected of the 21st century teacher.”

Colleges of Distinction’s unique methodology evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience, as well as a thorough liberal arts education. Colleges of Distinction granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a track record for success.

“We are ecstatic to celebrate Young Harris College for its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Building upon its extensive liberal arts curriculum, as well as its impressive engagement of high-impact practices, YHC continues to stand out through its stance as a leader in professional education.”

YHC prepares its future educators with the capacity for advocating for self, the community, the profession, and enriched educational outcomes for all. YHC’s education programs include early childhood education, middle grades education, music education and post-baccalaureate programs.

To learn more about YHC’s Division of Education, visit

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

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2017-2018 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit