June 24, 2011
Cowley College makes list of Military Friendly Schools
Recognizing the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students, Cowley College once again made the exclusive list announced by G.I. Jobs magazine.
The common bond these schools share is their 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.
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 Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Embry Riddle.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.
“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.”
Britton believes it is a positive relationship between the college and the student, who hails from a military background.
“These students have experience in a wide variety of things in life and service to our country and bring that to our student body,” Britton said. “With our economic prices, their (military) benefits go a lot farther here at Cowley.”
Griffiths mentioned the college recently piloted a new online speech class that the military had requested.
“These pilots were quite successful so I believe we can further assist our military students,” Griffiths said.
A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in late September.