Kent State Named to Military Friendly Schools ListPosted Aug, 16, 2010
Veterans making the decision to enter college face unique challenges, from determining benefits and financial aid to dealing with the emotional factors in making such a significant transition. Kent State University has been recognized for its service and outreach to veterans by being named a Military Friendly School for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Kent State was also on the Military Friendly Schools list last year, the first year it was published. Kent State University at Ashtabula and Kent State University at Tuscarawas also made this year’s list.
“Kent State is proud to serve our veteran students, and we look forward to welcoming more and more active and veteran members of the armed forces onto campus,” said Rachel Anderson, director of Kent State’s Center for Adult and Veteran Services. “We are pleased to be included again this year as a Military Friendly School and look forward to taking our service to veterans to the next level.”
Kent State established the Center for Adult and Veteran Services in January 2010 to administer support programs and services for veterans. The center offers one-on-one assistance to veterans to help as they adapt to college life. Open houses are offered at the beginning of each semester for veterans to meet each other and prepare for the school year, and an adult-student orientation course is geared specifically toward veterans. The Kent State Veterans Club meets weekly and offers many social and philanthropic events and activities.
The tens of billions of dollars in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.
“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified.”
According to Joshua Rider, assistant director of the Center for Adult and Veteran Services and Veterans Administration certifying officer at Kent State, the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers up to 100 percent of tuition and fees, provides money for books and a stipend for housing for veterans who attend Kent State. “In addition, the university’s Student Financial Aid Office administers the Ohio National Guard Scholarship, which offers 100 percent paid tuition, and the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship, which offers 80 percent paid tuition,” Rider said.
Anderson said the university will launch new programs and services in the coming year to enhance Kent State’s outreach to veterans. “This fall, we will begin recruitment for VET (Valor through Education and Training), our new on-campus living and learning community for veterans,” Anderson said. “VET will provide the opportunity in fall 2011 for veterans with full GI Bill benefits to live and learn together in a residence hall on campus.” The university is also expanding service to women veterans, with programs designed specifically for them.
The Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from across the country. 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.
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