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Friday, March 15, 2013

UNCP named to second ‘military friendly’ list

A second national publication has named UNC Pembroke a “military friendly” university.

Military-Friendly LogoIn its “2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities,” Military Advanced Education put UNCP and just two other North Carolina public universities on its list that was published in print and online (www.mae-kmi.com).

With a staffed satellite campus on Fort Bragg and the hiring of its first Veterans Services Coordinator in late 2012, UNCP continues to improves service to veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserves, said Dr. Kenneth Kitts, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. 

“We have made outreach to the military community a strategic priority,” Dr. Kitts noted. “We welcome this news as validation of our efforts to meet the needs of those who have served their country so well.”

Published since 2005, Military Advanced Education (MAE) serves education service officers, transition officers and other top level commands who work with servicemen and women, veterans and their families during active duty, transition and post-transition to optimize their armed forces educational benefits.

The guide (www.kmimediagroup.com/files/2013_Top_Colleges.pdf) presents results of a questionnaire of the military friendly policies enacted at more than 300 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges. Institutions were evaluated the areas of support, financial aid, culture and flexibility, including online course options.

UNCP has been on GI Jobs magazine’s list of military friendly colleges and universities for five consecutive years. Reports like these are valuable to military personnel and for UNCP’s recruitment efforts, said Mike Clawson, a retired colonel and coordinator of the university’s Military and Veterans Services.

“It’s a report that you qualify for by offering a range of services to the entire military community including their families,” Clawson said. “Educational opportunities for military members and UNCP veteran enrollment took off in 2009 with the implementation of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill providing educational benefits to spouses and dependents.

“UNCP deserves credit for recognizing the need for assistance to veterans who are transiting into higher education, but we have work to do as we provide and expand services to all military-affiliated students” Clawson said.

Clawson’s full-time position is new at UNCP. The university has a satellite campus on Fort Bragg with classrooms and an office that is staffed. 

Western Carolina University and UNC Wilmington are the other North Carolina public universities on MAE’s list. With an office and classrooms on Fort Bragg, UNCP has been ramping up its support for all military-related students and prospective students.

MAE looks at the following indicators:

  • Support: including on-campus veterans center, faculty trained in veteran re-integration issues, full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns;
  • Financial: including in-state tuition for active duty service members, Yellow Ribbon program, veteran work-study program, military student-specific scholarships, tuition discounts/scholarships for dependents
  • Military Culture: including on-campus ROTC, MyCAA approved, membership in Service members Opportunity Colleges
  • Flexibility: including online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, presence on military installations

Published 10 times yearly, MAE’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights; service member, school, and program profiles; and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc.

To learn more about UNCP’s services to veterans and the military, please contact the office at 910.775.4438 or email veterans@uncp.edu.

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