University Awards and Accolades

Western Carolina University wins recognition, awards and accolades on state, regional and national levels. Recent honors include:

WCU’s James Scifers named N.C. Athletic Training Educator of the Year

James Scifers, professor of athletic training at Western Carolina University, is recipient of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Educator of the Year Award for 2014.

Lofquist honored by UNC student group

The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments has bestowed its William C. Friday Lifetime Achievement Award on retired interim provost Beth Tyson Lofquist.

WCU’s Annette Debo named one of UNC system’s best

WCU’s Annette Debo has been honored as a premier teacher in the University of North Carolina system in recognition of a teaching style that emphasizes listening to her students.

WCU online programs get high national ranking

The university leads all of North Carolina’s institutions of higher education in the new U.S. News & World Report list of schools offering the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.”

Programs recognized by higher education guides

WCU has earned accolades from guides to higher education for the affordability of its online programs and in recognition of the impact of its teacher education programs.

WCU building receives LEED gold certification

WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building has become the university’s first structure to be LEED-certified in recognition of its energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features.

College of Business listed among ‘Best 295’ by Princeton Review

A book published recently by the Princeton Review education services company lists the college as among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a degree in business.

WCU ranked high in educational value by two online guides

Two online guides to higher education say the university is among North Carolina schools providing students with the highest return on their educational investments.

WCU’s UP Program featured in national publication

Think College, a program of the Institute for Community Inclusion in Boston, profiled the University Participant Program at WCU in a recent publication titled “Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability.”

Online programs earn ‘Best Buy’ national rankings

Four health-related online degree programs have received high national rankings in affordability and “Best Buy” designations from the information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.