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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Magazine ranks UNCP in top 30 for service to military

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was selected by Military Advanced Education magazine as one of the top 30 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, the University was invited to apply for the award by the magazine. The news of the designation came on November 29 to UNCP’s Office for University and Community Relations, which coordinated the application.

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 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 Dr. Collie Coleman, associate vice chancellor for Outreach.

Collie Coleman

Collie Coleman

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

“We fully understand that active duty and activated reserve students present unique opportunities, and we pledge and commit to exercise the maximum amount of allowable flexibility in interpreting and implementing policy,” he said. “To this end, we make available the monetary, personnel and facility resources necessary to provide the same quality educational experience for service members and their families enjoyed by our on-campus students.”

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 to the highest quality educational opportunities and programs to these affiliated with Fort Bragg who so rich deserved this opportunity. The University works with the Education Services Office on Ft. Bragg.

“Congratulations on this achievement and thanks for your commitment to our military family, said Brenda Taylor-Brooks of the Education Services Office. “This will be important for you to submit along with your package when we go out with requests for proposals in the next year or so.”

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:

  • undergradute programs in:
    • Bachelor of Science in nursing
    • Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in management
    • Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
  • graduate programs in:
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • 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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