Hiram College Recognized as College of Distinction

HIRAM, Ohio – Hiram College has been ranked as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction and Ohio Colleges of Distinction for 2023-24.  

Colleges of Distinctions’ selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, looking for four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

“We are honored to receive this national recognition from Colleges of Distinction,” said Rob Bohrer, interim president of Hiram College. “It affirms our commitment to helping our students learn, grow and succeed by providing a relationship-rich education based on close interactions and mentorship.” 

Hiram also achieved program-specific recognition for its nursing department, education department and Scarborough School of Business and Communication.


Hiram’s nursing students experience a wide range of specialties during their educational journey, including adult, pediatric, gerontological, community, critical care and psychiatric mental health. 

The college’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. 

“For a nursing program, being recognized as a College of Distinction highlights the program’s commitment to providing a comprehensive, high-quality, holistic education that prepares students to flourish in their nursing career,” said Sarahbeth Abalos, nursing program director at the college. “Hiram’s commitment to the liberal arts tradition further develops our nursing graduates to possess critical thinking skills, cultural and ethical competence and a lifelong learning mindset.” 


Students pursuing a licensure degree in education from Hiram learn by doing classroom and fieldwork with faculty support. 

The teacher licensure program at the college is nationally accredited by the council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The college’s teacher licensure candidates rank among the top in the state with strong passage rates on the educator licensure exam. 

“It’s an honor for the education program at Hiram College to once again be named as a College of Distinction,” said Jennifer McCreight, head of teacher education at Hiram. “We are proud of our focus on ensuring students have diverse opportunities to engage in practical classroom experience throughout their time at Hiram, which comes from the close relationships we have with our local K-12 community.” 


The Scarborough School of Business and Communication educates and challenges students through interdisciplinary learning and real-world experiences. 

“Faculty in the Scarborough School of Business and Communication are committed to joining students in their educational experience,” said Andrew White, director of the Scarborough School of Business and Communication. “It’s not about standing in front of a class and telling students what we know – rather, we engage in conversations, explore possibilities and critically evaluate real-world situations.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.