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CSULB Listed Among Top Colleges Doing Most to Embrace Veterans

Published: October 1, 2010

CSULB has been listed among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

G.I. Jobs, a monthly magazine that assists veterans in seeking civilian employment and education, has released its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools, which recognizes that top 15 percent. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Cal State Long Beach is privileged to serve our nation’s veterans, who add diversity, maturity, and a global perspective to our classrooms and learning communities,” said Pat O’Rourke, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army who now directs CSULB’s Veterans University. “As our veterans leave the service and pursue their educational goals, we encourage them to consider the robust programs and services available at CSULB, and we look forward to serving them just as they have served our nation, with total commitment.”

The 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. So, schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”

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Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans’ programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

The 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 (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as Blumke; Keith Wilson, VA’s director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; and Janet Swandol, associate director for CLEP.

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.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools is in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” and on a poster, both of which were distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in late September.

The newly redesigned website, features interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs.

–Rick Gloady