Excelsior Honored as “Top Military Friendly School” Fifth Straight Year by Military Advanced Education
12/12/12 9:32 AM
By Mike Lesczinski, Excelsior Life News Staff—
For the fifth straight year, Excelsior College, America’s largest and oldest nonprofit distance learning institution, has been bestowed the title of “top-military friendly college” by Military Advanced Education.
Excelsior College knows a thing or two about the unique needs of America’s military and veteran communities. Among the more than 37,000 currently enrolled students, over 14,000 count themselves as active-duty or of veteran status. And of the more than 5,200 Excelsior graduates in the 2011-2012 academic year 34 percent were members of the U.S. military.
“Since our founding Excelsior has been committed to the needs of veterans and all military personnel, and helping each achieve the dream of a college education,” Sue Dewan, executive director for Excelsior’s Center for Military Education. “This recognition is not an honor we take lightly.”
To earn the distinction, schools are rated on a distinct set of criteria, including tuition, scholarship and financial aid programs, advising excellence, presence on military installations, as well as acceptance of transfer credit, credit by exam and American Council on Education (ACE)-recognized military training. In addition, schools must meet specific standards on veteran support services, faculty training on veteran-specific issues, and mentorship programs, among others
“Excelsior’s Center for Military Education has launched a series of new initiatives in the past year, including a webinar series geared directly towards veterans and an online veterans’ center with vet to vet mentorship opportunities,” said Dewan. “We will continue to expand our services and meet the needs of our veteran and military communities.”
Excelsior College's other education credentials include:
• G.I. Jobs has named Excelsior a top military-friendly school the past four years.
• Excelsior's course, "Success Strategies for Military and Veterans" earned the 2010-2011 Innovation Award from the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS). The course provides college and career orientation to veterans and military members and teaches transition strategies for those entering the civilian workforce after a military career.
• Excelsior is a recipient of the Council of College and Military Educators' (CCME) Institutional Award.
• Excelsior's military academic advising team includes veterans who are uniquely attuned to the unique needs of military students, veterans and their spouses.
• CME Executive Director Susan Dewan is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Kennedy Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), which recognizes leadership in providing higher education programs to personnel at U.S. military installations.
• Excelsior President Ebersole is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award in 2010 for his leadership in contributing to the Army's educational mission.