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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Magazine ranks UNCP high for service to military

For the second consecutive year, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was selected by Military Advanced Education magazine as one of the top military-friendly universities in the U.S.  

Allen C. Meadors

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors

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As a provider of higher education to military personnel on Ft. Bragg since 2005, the University was invited to apply for the award by the magazine.

The news of the designation came on October 31 to UNCP’s Office for University and Community Relations, which coordinated the application. UNCP’s winning essay will be published in both the print and online November/December 2008 editions of Military Advanced Education. 

With approximately 16,000 military and Department of Defense civilian subscribers, Military Advanced Education is a quarterly publication focused on higher education for the military. It was founded to address the growing need for advanced education, professional development or additional coursework within the military and qualified Department of Defense civilians. Its audience includes mid-career military officers and education offices.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said the designation speaks to the commitment of the University to meeting the needs of the region.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to serving those in our region, specifically our military neighbors,” Chancellor Meadors said. “We will continue to assess and meet the needs of those in our region.”

The strengths of UNCP’s application included:

  • flexibility regarding standard policies, such as drop-add;
  • dollar value of education received, such as comparative tuition and fees structure;
  • UNCP’s contribution to learning resources; and
  • flexibility regarding the schedule of courses.

It is a great recognition for UNCP and for the University of North Carolina system, said Chancellor Meadors.

“UNCP is committed to providing higher education opportunities and degree completion programs to military personnel, their spouses, family and relatives,” he said. “Our faculty, staff and administration have remained flexible in support of all involved in military higher education at Fort Bragg.

“We thoroughly appreciate that active duty and activated reserve students present unique opportunities, and we are committed to seeking to provide both traditional and creative delivery modes so these individuals will have access to quality educational opportunities,” Chancellor Meadors said.

UNCP launched an aggressive campaign in 2003 to offer more degree programs. Based on the University’s demonstrated high value and proven academic rigor, the University was approved to offer seven degree programs at Fort Bragg.

In 2003, UNCP submitted a competitive proposal offering the highest quality educational opportunities and programs for those affiliated with Fort Bragg who so richly deserved the opportunity.

Dr. Charles Tita, UNCP’s director of Continuing and Distance Education, said the University “promised from the outset that we are continuously seeking ways to become a best-value provider of soldiers’ educational needs.”

On the military reservation, UNCP offers:

  • Undergraduate Prorgrams
    • Bachelor of Science in nursing
      • Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in management
    • Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
  • Graduate Programs
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Arts in physical education
      • Concentration in physical education licensure and sports administration
      • Concentration in sports administration
    • Master of Arts in mathematics education
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
    • MAT middle grades education specialization
    • MAT physical education specialization
    • MAT secondary mathematics education (grades 9-12)
    • MAT secondary social studies education (grades 9-12)

UNCP’s office at Fort Bragg is located at Building 1-3571, Randolph St., Fort Bragg, N.C. 28307. UNCP at Ft. Bragg may be contacted by calling 910.436.4295.

For more information about Continuing and Distance Education at UNCP, please call 910.521.6367 or email ced@uncp.edu.

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