For the second time in as many years, Excelsior College has been named a “Best for Vets: Business School” by Military Times magazine. Excelsior ranked 15th overall among the 140 participating colleges and universities.
The 2014 “Best for Vets” rankings methodology factored in a number of key metrics, including service member enrollment and percentage of overall costs covered by Tuition Assistance (TA) and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, respectively. The evaluation also factored in support staff dedicated to veterans issues, academic support services, and acceptance of ACE-recommended credits.
“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Business Schools is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE magazine in a March announcement.
Excelsior’s School of Business and Technology offers undergraduate and graduate-level programs focused on high-growth industries with demand for educated workers such as accounting, finance, global business, risk management and information systems, among others. Graduate students enrolled in Excelsior’s MBA program can choose to pursue a general route or one of seven different concentrations, including cybersecurity, health care management, leadership or even social media management.
The school is also home to a number of unique partnerships. In March, Excelsior and Mediators Without Boarders announced a unique, co-branding initiative aimed to develop a workforce pipeline of professionals capable of running InAccord Justice Centers for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) across the globe.
Excelsior is home to more than 37,000 currently enrolled students, including 14,000 active-duty or of veteran status. The institution has been selected as a “Best for Vets: College” by Military Times four consecutive years. In addition, the publication also recognized its Business program as a Top 5 program in 2013.
Excelsior College’s other education credentials include:
- Excelsior has been designated a “Top Military Friendly School by Military Advanced Education seven consecutive years and a “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs four straight years.
- 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 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.