A&F Newsletter

Winter 2009


Cowley College recognized by G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs, the premiere publication for military transitioners, has announced the release of its 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools. Cowley College made the list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from community colleges and trade schools to state universities and private colleges. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.
Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

“Cowley has a long history of trying to best serve the veterans and military personnel by encouraging participation in higher education, and developed a relatively seamless articulation of military courses into Cowley credit and financial help as needed,” said Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs. “All of the faculty, staff and administration welcome these folks at our college. Mark Britton, registrar, has been particularly helpful for the veteran students.”

G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide in order to compile the list. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students.

“We are very fortunate to be able to have centers in Wichita so close to McConnell Air Force Base,” said Ben Schears, executive director of enrollment and outreach services. “This certainly helps to make us accessible and visible for the students we have in the military.” With students able to take Cowley College’s online classes from anywhere in the world, it makes it convenient for military students to earn their degree. Schears is glad to be able to assist those in the military enroll at Cowley. “Helping them to take college classes is a privilege for Cowley considering all the sacrifices and efforts they put in to keeping our country safe,” Schears said. “It’s the least we can do.”

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools were highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which were distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.

Winter 2009