Veteran members of the Western New York Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and their spouses/domestic partners will have the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree from Excelsior College at a reduced tuition and fee rate under an educational agreement with the distance learning institution announced earlier today.
“While returning veterans have essential transferable skills, a college degree can help many differentiate themselves within a competitive marketplace and ease their transition back into civilian life,” said Susan Dewan, executive director for the Center for Military Education at Excelsior College. “We’re excited to partner with AUSA Western New York and help ease the costs of returning to college for their veteran members and spouses.”
“We are honored to have Excelsior College team with the WNY Chapter and allow us to provide this awesome benefit that is only available to our members,” said Troy Steward, WNY Chapter President, 1SG (retired). “Since a majority of our membership are Veterans and serving members of the National Guard and Reserves, I see it as a critical benefit to offer them these reduced rates for continuing education to not only our members but also their family members. This will allow them to better themselves not only personally but professionally in these times of high unemployment.”
Excelsior College, established in 1971, has a long and successful history of providing education to veterans and service members. The College has a Center for Military Education, Lt. Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center, and an extensive range of support services tailored to veterans, including financial counseling on veteran benefits and other financial aid and academic advisors who are veterans themselves. The College offers a range of academic support programs and career counseling services tailored to veterans.
The College accepts prior military training in the form of academic transfer credit based on recommendations from the American Council on Education’s Military Evaluations Program. Each year, Excelsior accepts approximately 50,000 military training program credits toward completion of undergraduate degree programs.
For more information, veterans and media are encouraged to visit the partnership webpage at http://www.excelsior.edu/western-ny-ausa.
Additional Excelsior military and veteran credentials:
- Excelsior’s course, “Success Strategies for Military and Veterans” earned the 2010-2011 Innovation Award from the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS). The course provides college and career orientation to veterans and military members and teaches transition strategies for those entering the civilian workforce after a military career.
- Excelsior has been selected as a “Top Military-Friendly School” by Military Advanced Education five consecutive years, by GI Jobs and Military Times the past four years, and a “Best for Vets: Business School” by Military Times Edge this past year and has been named a “Best for Vets” college the last four years.
- Excelsior is a recipient of the Council of College and Military Educators’ (CCME) Institutional Award.
- Excelsior’s military academic advising team includes veterans who are uniquely attuned to the unique needs of military students, veterans and their spouses.
- CME Executive Director Susan Dewan is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Kennedy Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), which recognizes leadership in providing higher education programs to personnel at U.S. military installations.
- Excelsior President Ebersole is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award in 2010 for his leadership in contributing to the Army’s educational mission.
Watch the latest episode of the Center for Military Education’s “You’re Back – What’s Next?” webinar series: Veteran- and Military-Friendly Degrees.