Military Times has named Excelsior College a “Best for Vets” College for the sixth consecutive year. The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual school survey of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Last week, Excelsior was also honored as a “Military Friendly” College by Victory Media for the sixth year in a row.
Among the more than 40,000 currently enrolled students, nearly 16,000 count themselves as active-duty or of veteran status. And of the more than 4,900 Excelsior graduates in the 2014-2015 academic year, 34 percent were members of the U.S. military. Excelsior College’s Center for Military Education is committed to helping students earn a degree or certificate, making their transition back to civilian life easier.
Excelsior College is a leading example in the industry of providing quality education and resources for military and veteran populations.
“Excelsior has a long history of serving our armed forces,” said Susan Dewan, assistant vice president for Center for Military Education at Excelsior College. “Many of our advisors within our Center for Military Education are veterans themselves, so they understand the needs of our military and veteran populations. Combined with the extensive educational resources and services offered through our Lt. Col. Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center, Excelsior College is uniquely qualified to help our servicemembers and veterans make a successful transition back to school and eventually, back into the workforce.”
“It’s been amazing to witness how colleges all across higher education have embraced service members and their families,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. “Over the past six years of our surveys, we’ve seen so many schools first begin to foster – through new policies, services and dedicated facilities – and then nurture these wonderful communities.”
Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.
“We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best – the colleges that really are setting the example,” Miller said.
For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016.
The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 9; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
Military Times’ series of Best for Vets rankings includes: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers, Law Enforcement and Places to Live.
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About Excelsior College:
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior College is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student t knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.
About Military Times:
The Military Times digital platforms and newsweeklies are the trusted source for independent news and information for service members and their families. The military community relies on Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times, and Navy Times for reporting on everything important to their lives, including: pay, benefits, finance, education, health care, recreational resources, retirement, promotions, product reviews, and entertainment. Military Times is published by Sightline Media Group. To learn more, visit www.militarytimes.com.
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