Academic Quality – Small Campus Experiences Yield Big Opportunities

Posted by ENC on Apr 21, 2015 3:00:00 PM


Many colleges and universities promote “Academic Quality” as if it’s guaranteed once a student steps foot on campus and wears the school colors. Nationally published rankings are popular and can be helpful if high school students and families are trying to get a glimpse of what schools are like from a ten-thousand foot level. 

However, these rankings don't always give the full picture needed to make an informed college decision and can't always provide the in-depth level of information needed to assess the academic quality against the claims. Can the college ranking system create confusion among high school students by pairing academic quality with high rankings? According a new study posted by the Chronicles of Higher Education, there is no connection between high rankings and quality faculty-student interaction - in fact, high rankings could mean less time with professors.

“Widely read rankings of the nation’s colleges are poor measures of student engagement and may create the wrong impression when it comes to the quality of faculty-student interactions at ranked institutions.” - Chronicle of Higher Education

Scholarly Research and Achievement
Eastern Nazarene College places emphasis on a quality education through direct faculty-student interaction and mentoring. Associate Professor and Chair of Physics and Engineering, Dr. Pierre-Richard Cornely, embraces ENC’s mission and how academic quality plays a huge role in the lives of professors as they transform minds from young college students to mature critical thinkers who are well prepared to enter top-tier graduate programs or enter the workforce. He works with his engineering students to give them practical, hands-on research experiences.

Small class sizes and direct access to all ENC professors are huge benefits for college students. A small, academically charged college campus community like ENC helps students to think about their studies well beyond the classroom. The annual Academic Symposium, run by Dr. Cornely, champions this by presenting scholarly research and achievement conducted by students and faculty.

“The Academic symposium is a mechanism that we use to celebrate the Intellectual Mission of Eastern Nazarene College which has a long tradition of academic excellence. This tradition is rooted in the significant attention paid to our Honor Scholar Society, our dedication to provide means for our students and faculty to conduct meaningful undergraduate research, and to share their findings with the larger community.” - Dr. Pierre-Richard Cornely

Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU)
The success of ENC’s students becomes apparent when they use their training and working knowledge in collaboration with our faculty to pursue further research in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs throughout the country. This is a marker of our commitment to our intellectual mission. Some schools have national rankings, but we know academic quality is alive and well - integrated with a Christian worldview - equipping and empowering ENC students for life.


To find out more about the ENC Honors Scholar Society, download the brochure.

Written by ENC

Located in Quincy, Massachusetts on Boston’s historic South Shore, Eastern Nazarene College is a distinctively Christian liberal arts college. ENC is committed to the teaching and mentoring of students in a nurturing, spiritually enriched, and academically supportive environment. Offering a full breadth of academic programs, ENC prepares students to lead and serve in a diverse world by integrating the best in education and the best in Christian faith.

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Topics: Education, Academics