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Careers & Transitions: CRIMINAL Justice

To Serve and Protect The training and knowledge gained by servicemembers during their time in the military often leads to an interest in civilian careers in criminal justice. MAE takes a look at criminal justice specialties and the schooling required to become a police officer, FBI agent, corrections officer, CSI, homeland security officer or forensics expert. By Catherine Day

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2014 GUIDE TO Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities A record number of schools completed MAE’s extensive survey. Which schools come out on top for their military-friendly policies and programs? It’s the resource every student, education services officer and top-level commander needs to read.

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Initiatives recently undertaken by the government encourage the career success of servicemember spouses—and many universities have established policies to help them achieve their education goals. By Kelly Fodel

With millions of adults “stopping out” of college before completing a degree, there is a true need for programs like Complete Florida. Funded by the Florida legislature, Complete Florida partners with schools in the state to recruit, retain and recover students who have dropped out of college. By Pam Northrup, Ph.D.

The new fiscal year means some changes are coming to the GI Bill. Get the lowdown on the improvements straight from an education and career services specialist. By Bart MacMillan

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Counting Credits Exams like CLEP and DSST allow servicemembers to gain recognized college credit for life experience. MAE takes a look at the new Joint Service Transcript and at how schools are assisting servicemembers and their spouses in earning civilian college credits through subjectbased examinations. By Nora McGann

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Many veterans are taking advantage of their education benefits and going to college. But how many are actually attaining a degree? This question is of growing relevance, and schools are collecting veterans’ graduation data at an increasing rate. One of the latest analyses comes from Operation College Promise (OCP), in collaboration with the Pat Tillman Foundation. OCP has released an updated systematic study assessing veterans’ progress toward degree completion, called “Completing the Mission II: A Study of Veteran Students’ Progress Toward Degree Attainment in the Post-9/11 Era.” The study looked at about 750 veterans on 23 campuses across America, compiling data with OCP’s Graduation Probability Indices (GPI), a methodology developed with the input of campus officials and consistent with that Kelly G. Fodel Editor collected for a traditional population. This latest analysis expands upon a 2011 project, drawing from a larger constituency of four-year institutions, and including 20 public and three private colleges and universities. The three primary measurements were grade point average (GPA), credits earned compared to credits pursued and retention from semester to semester. A comprehensive assessment of campus services was also included. “The GPI was developed in 2011 to start a dialogue on the outcomes of the Post-9/11 GI Bill among institutions that had taken aggressive steps toward supporting a military-affiliated student population,” said Wendy A. Lang, director of Operation College Promise. “Colleges and universities contributing to this study have demonstrated a substantial commitment to serving this population and it is rewarding to see the results. Student veterans are demonstrating their persistence and success on campus, and efficiently moving toward degree completion.” Among the results? Student veterans in the study had an average GPA of 3.0, and attained nearly all credits they pursued at an average rate of 24.5 credits per academic year. Based on a six-year graduation rate, nontraditional student veterans are moving toward degree completion ahead of their traditional peers. Additionally, two of the most prevalent on-campus support services are the same as the two most requested by student veterans in an internet survey: an on-campus veteran office coordinator and a student operated veterans’ club/association. Obviously, veteran students are able to succeed, particularly if they are attending school in an environment that is military-friendly. This study by OCP supports one of the facts we here at MAE already knew: School selection is of the utmost importance. Every student has different priorities, needs and challenges, so research is imperative before you choose to enroll. We hope that our 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, starting on page 15, is helpful to you as you continue your academic journey.

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PROGRAM NOTES 1 Million Now Benefit from Post9/11 GI Bill The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on November 8 that 1 million veterans, servicemembers and family members have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill since the program’s inception in August 2009. The Veterans Benefits Administration, which administers the program, has distributed over $30 billion in the form of tuition and other education-related payments. “This is one of the most important programs helping our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reach their educational goals and find a good job,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We’re proud this important benefit is making such a big difference in the lives of so many veterans and their families.”

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New Restrictions to Army and Marines’ TA The Marine Corps has added a host of restrictions to its tuition assistance program, limiting the number of Marines eligible for subsidized college courses. Applicants will no longer be considered for tuition assistance funds if they are in their first two years of service, are ineligible for promotion or if they have yet to complete certain military training courses, according to Marine officials. Another restriction taking effect is that first-time applicants are being limited to one course, unless the servicemember has an associate degree or 60 academic credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.5, according to a copy of the instruction. Funds will not be approved for new courses prior to the completion of old ones, nor for courses that count toward duplicate degrees, such as a second associate degree or a double major. Requests for funds can now be submitted only within 30 days of the start date of a class. The Army announced that effective January 1, new restrictions will be placed on TA to ensure officers and enlisted personnel are focusing more on soldiering than higher education. Soldiers will have to wait one year after completing initial-entry training before they can participate in the TA program. Also, soldiers who use TA money to complete a four-year baccalaureate degree will have to wait 10 years before using TA again to pursue a post-graduate degree. Soldiers who have earned a BA degree without using TA do not need to wait 10 years to use TA for a post-baccalaureate degree. Soldiers who have been flagged for adverse action or failure of the Army physical fitness test or weight standards will not be able to use TA. The changes will likely affect approximately 40,000 soldiers.

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Bill beneficiary. Ferraro served in the Army from 2003-2013 and deployed to Iraq in 2008 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Arcadia University announced the appointment of Lorna Stern, MALD, as vice president and executive director of the College of Global Studies.

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Dawn Bilodeau is currently serving as the acting chief for Department of Defense Voluntary Education, replacing Carolyn Baker, who retired in October. VA announced that Steven Ferraro, who is currently attending Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J., has been identified as the 1 millionth Post-9/11 GI

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William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed. S., was inaugurated as Upper Iowa University’s 21st president. Duffy replaces Alan G. Walker, who decided not to return to UIU following a sabbatical.

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Michael Dakduk has left his executive director position at the Student Veterans of America, and has been replaced by D. Wayne Robinson. Dakduk has taken over

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Captain Ted Digges SC, USN (Ret.), has been hired as the director of The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veteran’s Affairs.

The Culinary Institute of America has a new member of its admissions staff dedicated to assisting veterans in planning for their postmilitary careers. Eric Jenkins has been named a veterans counselor. Cynthia Bioteau, former president of Salt Lake Community College, has been named president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Diana J. Mason, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, was recently elected president of the American Academy of Nursing, after serving as president-elect for two years.

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Being a military spouse is one of the toughest jobs in the service. When the servicemember is deployed or assigned to temporary duty, the spouse may have no other support, and carries the lion’s share of responsibilities at home. The spouse may have to handle everything from a clogged sink to the logistics of relocation. If the spouse works outside the home, having to find employment with each successive move is a challenge. And finding the time and funds to advance his or her education? That’s yet another challenge for these Columbia Southern University unsung heroes. As a result, it isn’t uncommon for a military spouse to put his or her own education and “At Columbia Southern University we fully career goals on the back-burner because of family ad understand the stress and challenges that the service commitments. military spouse faces,” said Karl Hoffmann, the “Military spouses make sacrifices each and every director of military outreach. “Our staff is always day; we often put our career and educational goals on there to assist in any way possible. We provide the hold in order to face the demands of military life. I spouse with a flexible learning format, a discounted attended five colleges in order to complete my undertuition rate, and textbooks are included. Our course graduate degree,” said Amanda L. Metzger, a military structure and ability to start class any day of the spouse pursing a master’s degree in public health at week allows the military spouse to attain their eduKarl Hoffmann American Military University. “Frequent relocation cational goals on their schedule.” and deployments made it difficult for me to complete karl.hoffmann@columbiasouthern.edu The career services staff, which is part of CSU’s my degree; however, AMU allowed me to overcome success center, provides support to all students. these barriers by awarding fair transfer credit. After my credits from The staff is fully aware of the special issues that military spouses previous universities were applied, I was able to register for courses contend with, and work with them one-on-one to remediate any on a schedule that was convenient for me.” issues. “We are excited that the career services team will be expandIt’s not just AMU that realizes the special needs and circuming the services offered in the next several months,” said Hoffmann. stances of the military spouse. Schools across the country, both “We look forward to enhancing our ability to assist our students. brick-and-mortar and online, are sensitive to the fact that military Presently we have job availability listings from around the country, spouses face the same everyday challenges as their civilian counterand offer assistance with resume writing, preparing cover letters, parts, but have the added realities of frequent deployments, separainterviewing techniques and tutoring in networking skills.” tion and relocation. Military-friendly schools go out of their way to Of particular interest to spouses would be CSU’s Hero Behind the make achieving that degree a possibility and a reality. Hero Scholarship. It covers the full cost of tuition for 24 months. 4 | MAE 8.10

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DoD’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program can also provide up to $4,000 of financial assistance for military spouses, but regulations prevent that assistance from being used in conjunction with a scholarship. If a student would like to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill along with a scholarship, they may still receive their BAH (housing allowance); however, they cannot use GI Bill funds designated for tuition along with a scholarship.

Wright State University “Our university is really supportive of military spouses and the military family and as a result has been named again as one of the nation’s top militaryfriendly universities,” said Larry C. James, Ph.D., associate vice president for military affairs at Wright State. “Our advisors and faculty are aware of the challenges military family members face and work tirelessly with them to help each military spouse receive the maximum amount of transfer credit possible.” James said WSU works to recruit servicemembers and their significant others by advertising in many popular news sources around the country and attending recruiting fairs throughout the year. James cites a number of scholarships that are available, as well as

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From School to Work Of course, getting the degree is only half the battle for the military spouse. The true goal is to find gainful employment and a good income, in an environment that, sadly, is often hostile to military spouses. There is an erroneous stigma associated with military families, that they move too frequently or have too many other priorities to be excellent employees. “Sometimes military spouses are afraid to identify themselves as such, because they fear an employer may not want to hire them,” said Meg O’Grady, manager of DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program. While military spouses are well educated and highly qualified for a range of careers, they face a 26 percent unemployment rate and a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts. Seventy-seven percent of these spouses want or need work, yet frequent relocation is often a barrier to finding and maintaining a rewarding career. The inability of spouses to obtain and retain fulfilling employment as they relocate with the military compromises the quality of life of military families and the readiness of the military force. DoD’s answer to this problem? The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), which officially launched in June 2011 during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. MSEP is part of DoD’s broader SECO initiative, which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by

providing career exploration opportunities to help them understand their skills, interests and goals; education and training to help them identify academic, licensing, or credentialing requirements that can help them reach their career goals; employment readiness assistance to optimize their self-marketing skills; and employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career. MSEP creates employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively recruiting. More than 200 employers who want to hire military spouses currently partner with MSEP. “They understand that military spouses bring exceptional value to their bottom line,” O’Grady said. She directs jobseekers to www.msepjobs.com, an online job portal. MSEP is also rolling out a scholarships database in the near future, and works with partners including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring our Heroes, and a variety of job fairs. Thus far, MSEP and its partners have hired over 55,000 military spouses. “What we do is provide support and connections,” said O’Grady. “We know families make the decision to serve and it is the entire family who serves.” O For more information, contact MAE Editor Kelly Fodel at kellyf@kmimediagroup.com or search our online archives for related stories at www.mae-kmi.com.

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Careers & Transitions: Criminal justice

Life after the military as a criminal justice professional. Military servicemembers already have what it takes to serve and protect others. And with the right degree and additional training, they can pursue criminal justice-related careers that require a similar commitment to the protection of society. “For those who feel called to a field where they can uphold the law and contribute to society in a tangible, meaningful way, the field of criminal justice is a solid choice,” said Jeff Lee, Ph.D., a criminal justice professor at Troy University. “Students in this field will gain the experience and education necessary for a career in law enforcement, corrections, legal systems and homeland security, and be prepared for continued education.” Within the professional field of criminal justice, there is a strong desire to recruit veterans because their military training and education has much in common with criminal justice training: They already have had training in how to maintain order, know when the use of force is appropriate, and have experience working within strict roles of conflict. “The full range of positions in the law enforcement field is available to veterans who are hired by law enforcement agencies, at either the local or state-wide levels,” said David W. Persky, Ph.D., a professor of criminal justice and the chair of the undergraduate criminal justice program at Saint Leo University. “They understand the structure of most law enforcement agencies and are able to successfully meet the challenges of the job, whether it is as a crime scene analyst, detective, SWAT team member, hostage negotiator, etc.” In the public sector, other civilian jobs in criminal justice include community-based corrections officer; federal law enforcement; cybersecurity investigator; Treasury, State, Homeland Security, or Defense Department Jeff Lee officer; and probation, parole and corrections officer. Among jobs in the private sector are corporate security, paralegal, victim advocate, juvenile and adult counseling, private investigator, loss prevention officer, and community college or college instructor. Whether striving toward a goal of working in law enforcement or corrections, aspiring criminal justice professionals must have a “commitment to protecting public safety under the rule David Persky of law,” said Lee S. Weinberg, Ph.D., david.persky@saintleo.edu the associate professor and director of www.MAE-kmi.com

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the undergraduate program, graduate school of public and international affairs, and also a professor of administration justice courses at the University of Pittsburgh. So veterans, who tend to already possess a high level of maturity and self-discipline, just might be a natural fit, especially if they had law enforcement experience in their military career. “Many veterans served as military police officers during their time in the armed forces, and a degree in criminal justice is a natural extension of what they did in such roles in the military,” Persky said. It is also understood that veterans have already interacted with enough groups and populations during their time in the service that they know how to relate to people from different cultures. “Being in the military exposed me to people from all over the United States and abroad,” said veteran Misti Dawn Biddick, who earned an Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice from Central Texas College. “This enables me as a practitioner to relate and communicate to individuals from all walks of life.” Now armed with a bachelor’s degree and pursuing a master’s degree in applied criminology, she is currently a community supervision officer for adults on probation and ultimately aspires to become a prison warden. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that the demand for criminal justice professionals will remain steady in the coming decade. However, as Lee pointed out, many emerging technologies like geographic information systems, crime mapping, cybersecurity and digital forensics will demand a new generation of professionals experienced with them. “The challenges posed by both domestic and international terrorism, as well as the increased sophistication and internationalization of cybercrime, requires more and more highly Misti Dawn Biddick trained criminal investigators and law enforcement personnel,” Weinberg explained. At an increasing rate, state and local law enforcement agencies now require that applicants have college degrees. “Most federal agencies require a B.S. degree and prefer graduate degrees,” said Lee. Many universities with military- and veteran-friendly policies offer certificate and degree programs related to crimiLee Weinberg nal justice to help students reach cgs@pitt.edu their career goals. MAE  8.10 | 9

Careers & Transitions: Criminal justice Student Spotlight

Marquita Moran

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Reserves Criminal Justice major, Troy University Joining the military was one of the biggest steps in life I have taken. It molded me into the proficient, driven and successful woman I am today. I joined the U.S. Air Force in 2003, and served active duty for three years at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, as an information manager. I am currently serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a knowl-

edge operations manager, Patrick AFB, Fla. Joining the military gave me the experience and training I needed to further my civilian career. In August 2012, I began attending Troy University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Troy University is among the military-friendly schools that offers accelerated degree programs, with unique features not offered by most programs. One of

Troy University Troy University offers associate, Bachelor of Science, and master’s degrees in criminal justice, as well as a minor and certificate in cybersecurity. “The purpose of the Master of Science in criminal justice is to broaden and enhance program graduates’ ability to

the features in particular that drew my interest was the option to choose between online and enhanced residential course delivery. This made it easier to juggle my civilian career and school. After serving in the Air Force, I was looking to pursue a career with similar core values, which is why I chose the criminal justice career field. I felt obtaining a degree in criminal justice would bring me opportunities to help the world by keeping law, order and peace, as I did in the Air Force. The skills I learn will be utilized to help individuals bring closure to crimes

against them or loved ones. Obtaining this degree will provide me the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. Serving in the military has definitely been a life-changing experience, but I wouldn’t change it a bit. With the experience and training I have obtained through the military, I have been working full time within the federal government while seeking my degree. Following graduation in December 2013, I plan on pursuing a career as a federal criminal investigator.

understand, analyze and evaluate issues that confront the American criminal justice system,” said Lee. Objectives of the program’s core curriculum include “the analysis of personnel situations in light of standard personnel processes, applying major personnel laws and regulations to situations arising in criminal justice organizations; demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of criminal law and procedure as evidenced by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent issuance of decisions; critically evaluating the scholarly evidence considering the effectiveness of various crime control policies employed by the police, the courts and the correctional system with both juvenile and adult offenders; explaining various situations in criminal justice and criminal behavior by applying various criminological theories; and demonstrating an ability to appropriately apply various research designs and methodologies in criminal justice situations,” he said.

University of Pittsburgh The University of Pittsburgh offers a B.A. in administration of justice and a certificate in National Preparedness and Homeland Security (NPHS). “Administration of Justice major courses focus on historical, theoretical, ethical, moral, legal, administrative and practical aspects of criminal justice careers,” Weinberg said. Regular assignments include researching court decisions and writing legal briefs, summarizing the literature on issues in criminal justice, analyzing case studies, viewing and analyzing crime scene evidence, writing reports on criminal incidents, and completing an internship at a criminal justice agency. Additionally, students can customize their degree program to focus on either adult and juvenile corrections, law enforcement, forensics, or cybercrime. Meanwhile, the certificate in NPHS teaches students to “develop and implement organizational risk profiles and other risk management activities, effectively plan and execute emergency response plans, communicate effectively in a crisis to obtain positive outcomes, and plan prevention and preparedness operations and measures that help communities handle efforts related to damage limitation, emergency response and recovery,” said Cristina Ruggiero, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of General Studies and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the 10 | MAE 8.10

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University of Pittsburgh. Students learn how to use dynamic modeling tools to plan for and respond to disasters; engage in exercises and simulations that follow protocols established by the Department of Homeland Security; and become familiar with tools that use virtual reality, visualization and geographic information systems software to integrate information for crisis decision making.

Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus offers a B.S. in criminal justice through the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs and is the first online program in the nation to be awarded certification through the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. “The online program started in fall 2006 with the philosophy that the instructors who teach the residential courses would also teach the same courses to the online students,” said Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D., distinguished professor of criminal justice and public affairs. Students complete both individual and group projects while enrolled in the criminal justice program. “In addition to providing

knowledge of the adult and juvenile justice systems, our program also focuses on critical thinking and writing skills,” Gabbidon said.

Saint Leo University Saint Leo University’s B.A. in criminal justice has two specializations: criminalistics, also known as forensics, and homeland security. “Both specializations are 18 credits—six courses—and can be taken as part of a student’s degree program while they are working toward their B.A.,” Persky said. The program focuses on the practical skills that law enforcement officers will need on the job. Because most faculty members teaching these classes are former law enforcement officers, their field experience helps them guide students with putting classroom lessons into action. In order to graduate, students must complete a capstone course. “It can be a course where the student designs a police department or a specific division within a police department,” Persky elaborated. This gives students invaluable real world experience. “Some Saint Leo students will take the ‘Cold Cases’ course, and they will work on actual cold case homicide cases with officers from agencies near the University Campus,” he said. Students enrolled at Saint Leo’s flagship Florida location their senior year also can enroll in the local law enforcement academy while completing their degree. This allows them to finish the year

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The criminal justice B.A. program at University of Washington, Tacoma is unique in that it was developed through the school’s pre-existing social work program, so it has a strong focus on restorative justice. “The concept of restorative justice differs from the traditional punitive mindset by focusing on healing and bringing groups together,” said Diane Young, Ph.D., the director of University of Washington, Tacoma’s social work program. This criminal justice program has a strong emphasis on alternatives to incarceration and requires students to take a course on mental illness and addiction, two factors that contribute to the problem of mass incarceration. “If we could impact systems that ensure public safety while reducing the tremendous resources that go towards locking folks up, wouldn’t that be a good thing?”

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Students learn invaluable interpersonal skills through the lens of social justice, such as resolving conflict verbally, building a rapport and working with diverse populations. Criminal justice students will hone their research skills, expand or sharpen their critical thinking skills, learn how policies impact diverse populations and groups, and enhance their understanding of why people break the law and get involved in the criminal justice system. Examples of assignments include having students build a model of a prison that was designed with social justice principles in mind. Students will also have “application projects,” where they take the principles of restorative justice, for example, and apply them to real policies and local community programs. Having started in 2010, the program has already grown to 250 students, and faculty are working on approval to have an online version of the course in the fall of 2014.

Central Texas College At Central Texas College (CTC), which has campuses as well as online degree programs, students can work toward a certificate of completion and an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice and criminal justice with corrections specialization. CTC also offers a certificate of completion in fire courses, said Jon Cella, the Protective Services department chair.

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Each degree plan requires 67 semester hours. Courses may be taken in eight online or 16 face-to-face week semesters, and faceto-face classes in the summer semester usually last 10 weeks. In addition to the certificate and degree, CTC encourages its students to get real world experience through its police academy, and has also trained correctional officer recruits through a corrections academy. A certificate of completion in fire courses is also available to students. Students can also receive class credit through hands-on internships. “Students enrolled in our degree plans learn from instructors who have actually been out in the field,” said Cella. “All of our instructors have experience in the field they teach in. It may have been as a peace officer, a corrections officer, a military police officer or criminal investigations agent, or a firefighter. We teach students to use ‘critical thinking’ when solving problems, and, as a student, they are able to use that to complete assignments. This is a skill they can take out into the real world and use after they graduate.”

Graduation: What Next? After earning a degree, depending on the desired job, students may still need additional schooling and experience to reach their ultimate goal. “It is rare that a student will graduate … and go directly to a federal agency with their baccalaureate degree,”

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UMD Launches Hub for Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies The University of Maryland is creating a hub for supporting innovative, technology-enhanced education on campus with the launch of the new Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC). The center was created to help transform the university’s courses, teaching and classrooms through technology and training to improve student learning, engagement and success. As technology continues to become a growing presence in the university landscape, the new center will support instructors in the implementation of those new technologies by offering training in new strategies, introducing them to the right tools and measuring how well they work. The TLTC will lead the strategic development of educational strategy, policy, program assessment, and the appropriate use of technology

for existing and new course delivery structures. “I have no doubt that a rising generation of students has been primed for this blend of classroom participation and online learning,” said University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. “We see it at the new public charter middle school, the College Park Academy, where students from all backgrounds take to this style of learning quite naturally. We see it in the enthusiasm of faculty who conducted massive open online courses. This initiative will keep us in the forefront of educational innovation.” The TLTC will leverage the strengths of the university’s existing resources, including the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Division of IT’s Integrated Learning Technologies and Environments department.

New University of Nebraska Online Certificate Program in Designing for Elderly A new online program offered by the University of Nebraska aims to design and build environments that meet the unique needs of older adults. A graduate certificate in gerontology with a concentration in interior design, taught collaboratively by faculty from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), is now available through the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide website. The certificate is available fully online, making it an excellent option for working professionals looking to specialize their skillsets. Lower shelves, stair railings, more bars to grab onto—common-sense changes like these can help older individuals stay in their homes or offices longer and maintain a higher quality of life. “Designing for an aging population is about creating spaces that fit the needs of older adults. As people age, they want to remain in their homes. This program is designed to prepare people to create environments that allow older individuals to live in comforting and supportive environments,” said Julie Masters, professor and chair in the UNO Department of Gerontology. “The certificate is one of the first in the nation where students can combine knowledge of gerontology with the principles of interior design—an innovative and collaborative effort between University of Nebraska campuses that will address an area of growing need and interest.” Architects, engineers, interior designers, realtors, hospital or nursing administrators, health care workers and others would be ideally suited to the program, as would current master’s degree students in gerontology, interior design or architecture. The graduate certificate includes 18 credit hours. The certificate joins other NU online programs in related fields, including undergraduate and graduate certificates and a master’s degree in social gerontology offered by UNO, and a master’s degree in architecture with a specialization in interior design offered by UNL.

ECA Inducted into Military Spouse Employment Partnership Education Corporation of America (ECA) was inducted into the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership during a ceremony at the Pentagon. ECA owns and operates private institutions of higher education throughout the United States, serving thousands of students and providing qualified employees to businesses. The ECA schools that were recognized with this honor include Virginia College, Virginia College Online, New England College of Business and Finance, Ecotech Institute and Golf Academy of America. “ECA’s induction into the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership is truly an honor,” said Michael Williams, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Education Corporation of America. “The induction personifies our commitment to helping military spouses find flexible career opportunities

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that allow them to continue working even while frequently moving across the country. As an organization, we will continue to be committed to this effort in honor of the brave men and women of our armed forces and their families, who sacrifice so much for the sake of our nation’s safety.” Since 2009, ECA’s schools have enrolled several hundred military spouses, who have taken career-training courses to prepare them for portable careers in fields such as business administration, medical office administration, human resource management, culinary and pastry arts and management information systems. ECA has also enrolled more than 8,000 military students since 2009, and about 15 percent of its 18,000 students are affiliated in some way with the military. The induction into the partnership will help spouses who receive education through

ECA schools to find careers where they can apply the lessons they have learned in the classroom or online. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership, part of the Department of Defense’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, is a career partnership connecting military spouses to more than 200 partner employers to help them find employment, build on their education and experience and achieve their career and personal goals.

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2014 GUIDE TO Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities Welcome to Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. This year’s survey had a record number of participants—nearly 500 schools responded to our extensive questionnaire. Our goal in designing the survey was to take into consideration the military-friendly characteristics most relevant to you, the prospective student. This year, for the first time, we invited schools to submit an essay in addition to the questionnaire to detail their militaryfriendly policies. This essay helped create a clear picture of each school’s culture and services for students; allowing institutions to describe the intangibles that sometimes aren’t apparent in a survey format. Color-coded dashboards throughout the Guide display the results of our survey. They consist of five gauges representing key categories of consideration to servicemembers, veterans, their spouses and dependents: Military Culture, Financial Assistance, Flexibility, Online Support and Support On Campus. The online support score is a new one for this year, as we understand that some schools are more Internet-based, and that some military students might strongly base their education choices on a school’s online presence. It is important to note that we could only evaluate the information that was provided; each institution was responsible for disclosure. Responses to the survey questions were assigned weights to reflect their relative importance within each of the five categories, and were then totaled to determine their score for that gauge. Each dashboard gauge has a shaded background that shows the maximum potential points for that category. Against that background is a darker bar, which shows how many points that school achieved. You’ll see that we have included the results for all the schools that responded to our questionnaire. We

believe that having as much data as possible will help prospective students make a well-informed decision about which school best suits their needs. Although we are not ranking schools in the Guide, we have recognized the schools that exhibited strong military-friendly policies with an MAE 2014 top military-friendly logo to use in their promotional materials. As in previous years, all institutions were judged based on the same criteria; we did not judge private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, or two-year colleges separately, because we believe that regardless of size or degrees granted, there are efforts that any school can make to better serve those who have served our nation. The print version of the Guide isn’t the only resource that MAE has prepared for you. Visit www.mae-kmi.com to view our searchable database of schools. Here, you may access and review all of the survey answers from all of the participating institutions, and see all the information we used in evaluating submissions. The database is searchable by school name, state, online campus or brick-and-mortar campus. This tool is invaluable for comparing and contrasting the schools on your list of consideration. Good luck to you in the next stage of your academic journey.

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Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas www.acu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,626 Graduate Enrollment: 741 Military Enrollment: 117 Average Class Size: 20-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Tifton, Ga. www.abac.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,222 Military Enrollment: 75 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

Agnes Scott College Decatur, Ga. www.agnesscott.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 904 Military Enrollment: 20 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s

Albany State University Albany, Ga. www.asurams.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,780 Graduate Enrollment: 624 Military Enrollment: 92 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Allen University

Columbia, S.C. www.allenuniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 672 Military Enrollment: 31 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s

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Alliant International University

San Diego, Calif. www.alliant.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 908 Graduate Enrollment: 3,497 Military Enrollment: 220 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Allied American University Laguna Hills, Calif. http://allied.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,062 Military Enrollment: 2,040 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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American National University

Salem, Va. www.an.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,300 Graduate Enrollment: 100 Military Enrollment: 134 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colo. www.americansentinel.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,620 Graduate Enrollment: 812 Military Enrollment: 318 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

American InterContinental University Schaumburg, Ill. www.aiuniv.edu Average Class Size: 25 Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

American University

Washington, D.C. www.american.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,299 Graduate Enrollment: 5,605 Military Enrollment: 120 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, Md. www.aacc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 26,080 Military Enrollment: 1,304 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Antioch University Midwest

Yellow Springs, Ohio http://midwest.antioch.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 116 Graduate Enrollment: 248 Military Enrollment: 25 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Apollos University

Huntington Beach, Calif. www.apollos.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9 Graduate Enrollment: 100 Military Enrollment: 6 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

American Military University Charles Town, W.Va. www.amu.apus.edu info@apus.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 82,000 Graduate Enrollment: 18,000 Military Enrollment: 65,000 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Arcadia University Ancilla College

Donaldson, Ind. www.ancilla.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 430 Military Enrollment: 6 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate

Glenside, Pa. www.arcadia.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,359 Graduate Enrollment: 1,668 Military Enrollment: 55 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Andrew College

Cuthbert, Ga. www.andrewcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 316 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

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Argosy University

Orange, Calif. www.argosy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,641 Graduate Enrollment: 10,658 Military Enrollment: 2,612 Average Class Size: 8 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Arkansas State University State University, Ark. www.astate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,168 Graduate Enrollment: 3,709 Military Enrollment: 442 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Art Institute of Atlanta Atlanta, Ga. www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta Undergrad Enrollment: 4,729 Military Enrollment: 543 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur

Decatur, Ga. www.artinstitutes.edu/decatur Undergrad Enrollment: 792 Military Enrollment: 81 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Austin

Austin, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/austin Undergrad Enrollment: 2,310 Military Enrollment: 354 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of California - Inland Empire

San Bernadino, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire Undergrad Enrollment: 3,291 Military Enrollment: 178 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - WASC American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of California - Hollywood North Hollywood, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/hollywood Undergrad Enrollment: 2,917 Military Enrollment: 159 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional - WASC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

Santa Monica, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/losangeles Undergrad Enrollment: 2,961 Military Enrollment: 190 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - WASC, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/sanfrancisco Undergrad Enrollment: 2,289 Graduate Enrollment: 11 Military Enrollment: 157 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional - WASC, American Culinary Federation Inc. Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Colorado Denver, Colo. www.artinstitutes.edu/denver Undergrad Enrollment: 3,506 Military Enrollment: 337 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - HLC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Houston

Houston, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/houston Undergrad Enrollment: 3,232 Military Enrollment: 324 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional - SACS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation, National Kitchen & Bath Association Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Charleston

Santa Ana, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/orangecounty Undergrad Enrollment: 3,056 Military Enrollment: 228 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - WASC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Sacramento, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/sacramento Undergrad Enrollment: 1,881 Military Enrollment: 189 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - WASC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of California - San Diego

San Diego, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/sandiego Undergrad Enrollment: 2,959 Military Enrollment: 860 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional - WASC, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Sunnyvale, Calif. www.artinstitutes.edu/siliconvalley Undergrad Enrollment: 1,049 Military Enrollment: 159 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional - WASC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Charleston, S.C. www.artinstitutes.edu/charleston Undergrad Enrollment: 1,098 Military Enrollment: 149 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - SACS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation, National Kitchen & Bath Association Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. www.artinstitutes.edu/charlotte Undergrad Enrollment: 1,992 Military Enrollment: 108 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Dallas, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/dallas Undergrad Enrollment: 2,634 Graduate Enrollment: 8 Military Enrollment: 304 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - SACS American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation, National Kitchen & Bath Association Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. www.artinstitutes.edu/fortlauderdale Undergrad Enrollment: 3,487 Military Enrollment: 174 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: national - ACICS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/fort-worth Undergrad Enrollment: 568 Military Enrollment: 89 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - SACS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Houston North

Houston, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/houston-north Undergrad Enrollment: 571 Military Enrollment: 47 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Ind. www.artinstitutes.edu/indianapolis Undergrad Enrollment: 1,611 Military Enrollment: 95 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: national - ACICS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Jacksonville Design

Jacksonville, Fla. www.artinstitutes.edu/jacksonville Undergrad Enrollment: 787 Military Enrollment: 219 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - SACS, American Culinary Federation Inc. Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Las Vegas Henderson, Nev. www.artinstitutes.edu/lasvegas Undergrad Enrollment: 1,765 Military Enrollment: 196 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: national - ACICS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Michigan Novi, Mich. www.artinstitutes.edu/detroit Undergrad Enrollment: 1,391 Military Enrollment: 69 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - HLC, American Culinary Federation Inc. Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Michigan - Troy

Troy, Mich. www.artinstitutes.edu/troy Undergrad Enrollment: 128 Military Enrollment: 2 Average Class Size: 8 students Accreditation: regional - HLC, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation, American Culinary Federation Inc. Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Ohio Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio www.artinstitutes.edu/cincinnati Undergrad Enrollment: 1,083 Military Enrollment: 76 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - HLC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Pittsburgh —Online Division Pittsburgh, Pa. www.aionline.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 24,550 Military Enrollment: 2,226 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - MSCHE Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa. www.artinstitutes.edu/philadelphia Undergrad Enrollment: 4,325 Military Enrollment: 172 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - MSCHE Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Portland, Ore. www.artinstitutes.edu/portland Undergrad Enrollment: 2,327 Military Enrollment: 162 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - NWCCU, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Phoenix

Phoenix, Ariz. www.artinstitutes.edu/phoenix Undergrad Enrollment: 1,647 Military Enrollment: 248 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national - ACICS, Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of New York City

New York, N.Y. www.artinstitutes.edu/newyork Undergrad Enrollment: 2,387 Military Enrollment: 144 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national - ACICS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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San Antonio, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/san-antonio Undergrad Enrollment: 1,088 Military Enrollment: 232 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional - SACS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Seattle

Seattle, Wash. www.artinstitutes.edu/seattle Undergrad Enrollment: 2,690 Military Enrollment: 404 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - NWCCU Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of St. Louis

Art Institute of Raleigh– Durham

Durham, N.C. www.artinstitutes.edu/raleigh-durham Undergrad Enrollment: 1,244 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional - SACS, Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh Undergrad Enrollment: 2,930 Military Enrollment: 154 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional - MSCHE Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Salt Lake City

Draper, Utah www.artinstitutes.edu/saltlakecity Undergrad Enrollment: 1,055 Military Enrollment: 71 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national - ACICS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

St. Louis, Mo. www.artinstitutes.edu/st-louis Undergrad Enrollment: 413 Accreditation: national - ACICS, American Culinary Federation Inc. Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Tampa

Tampa, Fla. www.artinstitutes.edu/tampa Undergrad Enrollment: 1,580 Military Enrollment: 223 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Tennessee Nashville Nashville, Tenn. www.artinstitutes.edu/nashville Undergrad Enrollment: 934 Military Enrollment: 112 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: Regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Tucson Tucson, Ariz. www.artinstitutes.edu/tucson Undergrad Enrollment: 676 Military Enrollment: 104 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national - ACICS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Va. www.artinstitutes.edu/virginia-beach Undergrad Enrollment: 690 Military Enrollment: 258 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Washington

Arlington, Va. www.artinstitutes.edu/arlington Undergrad Enrollment: 2,933 Military Enrollment: 403 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institute of Washington—Dulles

Dulles, Va. www.artinstitutes.edu/dulles Undergrad Enrollment: 338 Military Enrollment: 25 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wis. www.artinstitutes.edu/milwaukee Undergrad Enrollment: 499 Military Enrollment: 12 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: national - ACICS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Art Institutes International Minnesota

Clinton, Iowa www.ashford.edu

Contact: Dr. J. Michael Smith Vice President of Corporate and Military Relations james.smith@ashford.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 132,450 Graduate Enrollment: 16,221 Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Lenexa, Kan. www.artinstitutes.edu/kansascity Undergrad Enrollment: 826 Military Enrollment: 84 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national – ACICS, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Art Institute of York Pennsylvania

York, Pa. www.artinstitutes.edu/york Undergrad Enrollment: 756 Military Enrollment: 31 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: national - ACICS, American Culinary Federation Inc. Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Ashford University

Minneapolis, Minn. www.artinstitutes.edu/minneapolis Undergrad Enrollment: 2,449 Military Enrollment: 106 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: national - ACICS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 11 Atlanta Metropolitan State College Atlanta, Ga. www.atlm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,773 Military Enrollment: 213 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Augsburg College

Minneapolis, Minn. www.augsburg.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,639 Graduate Enrollment: 673 Military Enrollment: 127 Average Class Size: 13-17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Augustana College

Sioux Falls, S.D. www.augie.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,771 Graduate Enrollment: 68 Military Enrollment: 38 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Baker College Flint, Mich. www.baker.edu

Contact: Shawn Mann Director of Military Education Programs shawn.mann@baker.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,146 Graduate Enrollment: 950 Military Enrollment: 2,176 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Austin Peay State University Clarksville, Tenn. www.apsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,735 Graduate Enrollment: 862 Military Enrollment: 1,723 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Averett University

Danville, Va. www.averett.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,839 Graduate Enrollment: 463 Military Enrollment: 386 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Overland Park, Kan. www.bakeru.edu/spgs Undergrad Enrollment: 831 Graduate Enrollment: 1,402 Military Enrollment: 126 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Barry University School of adult and continuing education Miami Shores, Fla. www.barry.edu

Contact: Linda Arney Recruiter/Admission Support Specialist ace@barry.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,700 Graduate Enrollment: 4,200 Military Enrollment: 300 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Barton County Community College Great Bend, Kan. http://bartonccc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,243 Graduate Enrollment: 642 Military Enrollment: 5,794 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Berkeley College

New York, N.Y. www.berkeleycollege.edu

Contact: Dr. Richard Robitaille Assistant Vice President info@berkeleycollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,500 Military Enrollment: 2,000 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Neb. www.bellevue.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,442 Graduate Enrollment: 4,684 Military Enrollment: 3,604 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 23 Bismarck State College

Bismarck, N.D. www.bismarckstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,109 Military Enrollment: 475 Average Class Size: 20-25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Benedictine University

Lisle, Ill. www.ben.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,530 Graduate Enrollment: 4,210 Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Blackstone Career Institute

Allentown, Pa. www.blackstone.edu Military Enrollment: 11 Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: certificates

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston, Mass. www.bfit.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 500 Military Enrollment: 15 Average Class Size: 10-15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave, Va. www.brcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,694 Military Enrollment: 304 Average Class Size: 40 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate

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“Basic training prepared me to succeed as a soldier. Now, Berkeley College is helping me to succeed in my career.” Matteo Bonomo – Class of 2013 Justice Studies – Criminal Justice

Berkeley College is proud to be recognized as a military-friendly college, and has had a 143% increase in military and veteran enrollment since fall 2009.* How do we serve our student veterans? • Fully staffed Office of Military and Veterans Affairs • Veterans Resource Centers in five on-site locations and online • Participation in all DoD Military Tuition Assistance programs For more information, call 800-446-5400 ext. MCM, email info@BerkeleyCollege.edu, or visit BerkeleyCollege.edu/Military. Find us @BerkeleyCollege – Contact us at #BCInfo

Locations in New York, New Jersey, and Berkeley College OnlineTM *Week 3 enrollment for fall 2009 through spring 2013 period. Berkeley College reserves the right to add, discontinue, or modify its programs and policies at any time. Modifications subsequent to the original publication of this information may not be reflected here. For the most up-to-date information, please visit BerkeleyCollege.edu. For more information about Berkeley College graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important disclosures, please visit BerkeleyCollege.edu/disclosures.

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Bluefield College

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Bluefield, Va. www.bluefield.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 701 Military Enrollment: 55 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio www.bgsu.edu

Contact: Eric Buetikofer Academic Advisor ericb@bgsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,225 Graduate Enrollment: 2,472 Military Enrollment: 470 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Brandman University

Irvine, Calif. www.brandman.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,698 Graduate Enrollment: 5,432 Military Enrollment: 2,317 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Bristol Community College Fall River, Mass. www.bristolcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,327 Military Enrollment: 264 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Broadview University Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Mass. www2.bridgew.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,684 Graduate Enrollment: 1,733 Military Enrollment: 307 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

West Jordan, Utah www.broadviewuniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,000 Graduate Enrollment: 8 Military Enrollment: 92 Average Class Size: 8 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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You’ve earned your benefits. Now earn your degree. Barry University’s School of Adult and Continuing Education is a military friendly institution. • Bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs online and at sites throughout Florida • Certifying officials and academic advisors • SOC member and Yellow Ribbon Program • Tuition reduction program for active duty military and reservists • Undergraduate credit for learning acquired from professional work experience, licenses, certifications, military service • No GRE/GMAT admission test requirement for master’s programs

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Brookdale Community College

Lincroft, N.J. www.brookdalecc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,213 Military Enrollment: 350 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Military Culture

Broward College

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Bryan College of Health Sciences

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. www.broward.edu

Contact: Michaela Brown Military Enrollment Coordinator cbrown6@broward.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 62,796 Military Enrollment: 900 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: Regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Bryant & Stratton College

Getzville, N.Y. www.bryantstratton.edu/admissions/ military.aspx

Lincoln, Neb. www.bryanhealthcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 668 Graduate Enrollment: 113 Military Enrollment: 22 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Contact: Lee Hicklin Director of Military Programs lehicklin@bryantstratton.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,189 Military Enrollment: 929 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

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Cal U Global Online provides accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a 100% online format that suits your needs. • Asynchronous courses let you complete your studies anywhere, anytime. • Pennsylvania in-state tuition rates apply for all active-duty military and their dependents. • Office of Web-Based programs provides support through a dedicated Military Coordinator and through the Office of Veterans Affairs. These resources assist military students from point of inquiry through graduation and beyond. • Cal U has a process to review and accept military transfer credits for Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard through Joint Services Transcripts (JSTs), as well as Air Force credits through the Community College of the Air Force. • Cal U’s Global Online program offers more than 35 letters of completion, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs 100% online. • Cal U’s online instructors are distinguished experts in their fields. • Scholarship opportunities are available for those who qualify through the Office of Veterans Affairs at veterans@calu.edu.

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Burlington College

Burlington, Vt. www.burlington.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 221 Graduate Enrollment: 64 Military Enrollment: 9 Average Class Size: 8 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Burlington County College

Pemberton, N.J. www.bcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,415 Military Enrollment: 4,778 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Caldwell College

Caldwell, N.J. www.caldwell.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,591 Graduate Enrollment: 622 Military Enrollment: 40 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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California Southern University

Irvine, Calif. www.calsouthern.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 125 Graduate Enrollment: 623 Military Enrollment: 138 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield, Calif. www.csub.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,500 Graduate Enrollment: 1,200 Military Enrollment: 200 Average Class Size: 40-45 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

California State University, Chico Chico, Calif. www.csuchico.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,500 Graduate Enrollment: 1,500 Military Enrollment: 300 Average Class Size: 31 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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California State University, San Bernardino

California University of Pennsylvania

California State University, San Marcos

Contact: Carolyn N. Clements Military Coordinator clements@calu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,830 Graduate Enrollment: 1,280 Military Enrollment: 425 Average Class Size: 40 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

San Bernardino, Calif. www.csusb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,885 Graduate Enrollment: 1,759 Military Enrollment: 343 Average Class Size: 37 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

San Marcos, Calif. www.csusm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,928 Graduate Enrollment: 436 Military Enrollment: 350 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. www.csustan.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,137 Graduate Enrollment: 1,330 Military Enrollment: 271 Average Class Size: 31 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

California, Pa. www.calu.edu/go/military

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 25 Calumet College of St. Joseph

Whiting, Ind. www.ccsj.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 867 Graduate Enrollment: 163 Military Enrollment: 35 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Cambridge College

Cambridge, Mass. www.cambridgecollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 969 Graduate Enrollment: 2,159 Military Enrollment: 128 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Cameron University

Lawton, Ala. www.cameron.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,571 Graduate Enrollment: 542 Military Enrollment: 1,186 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Capital University

Columbus, Ohio www.capital.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,720 Graduate Enrollment: 864 Military Enrollment: 48 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Capitol College

Laurel, Md. www.capitol-college.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 400 Graduate Enrollment: 350 Military Enrollment: 150-175 Average Class Size: 15-20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Flexibility

Carlson School of Management, University of MInnesota Minneapolis, Minn. www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/mba Undergrad Enrollment: 2,330 Graduate Enrollment: 2,204 Average Class Size: 45 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Carroll College

Helena, Mont. www.carroll.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,360 Military Enrollment: 63 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Cayuga Community College

Auburn, N.Y. www.cayuga-cc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,749 Military Enrollment: 120 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Central Christian College of Kansas - Residential Campus McPherson, Kan. http://centralchristian.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 267 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

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Central Texas College

Contact: Fred Kaiser Marketing Coordinator, Military Centers fred.kaiser@cmich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,810 Graduate Enrollment: 7,125 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Contact: Eva Hutchens Distance Learning Administrator/ Counselor counselor.distanceed@ctcd.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 50,403 Military Enrollment: 33,167 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. www.cmich.edu/globalcampus

Killeen, Texas www.ctcd.edu

McPherson, Kan. http://centralchristian.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 265 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s

Central Lakes College

Brainerd, Minn. www.clcmn.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,435 Military Enrollment: 290 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Chatham University

Pittsburgh, Pa. www.chatham.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 900 Graduate Enrollment: 1,200 Military Enrollment: 30 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tenn. www.cbu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,237 Graduate Enrollment: 361 Military Enrollment: 25 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Wash. www.cwu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,737 Graduate Enrollment: 531 Military Enrollment: 464 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

City University of Seattle Seattle, Wash. www.cityu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,045 Graduate Enrollment: 2,153 Military Enrollment: 254 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, S.C. www.csuniv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,666 Graduate Enrollment: 429 Military Enrollment: 305 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pa. www.clarion.edu/virtual Undergrad Enrollment: 4,447 Graduate Enrollment: 476 Military Enrollment: 180 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, master’s, certificates

Charter Oak State College New Britain, Conn. www.charteroak.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,644 Military Enrollment: 165 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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We make it possible. You make it happen. Our dedicated Center for Military Education has been proudly serving servicemembers and veterans for more than 40 years. ◉ Military and veteran tuition discounts ◉ Maximum credit for prior military training ◉ 8-week online courses and credit by exam options “It was great. Excelsior awarded me 54 credits for courses I’d already taken, even one that other colleges wouldn’t accept for my math requirement. Then they granted me 34 credits for my military training. Altogether, it added up to more than half of the credit I needed to graduate.”

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Clarkson University

Potsdam, N.Y. www.clarkson.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,072 Graduate Enrollment: 532 Military Enrollment: 36 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, S.C. www.coastal.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,746 Graduate Enrollment: 589 Military Enrollment: 282 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, Calif. www.coastline.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,546 Military Enrollment: 16,615 Average Class Size: 54 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Collin College

McKinney, Texas www.collin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 40,600 Military Enrollment: 1,240 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colo. www.ccu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,036 Graduate Enrollment: 509 Military Enrollment: 788 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colo. www.coloradomesa.edu/index.html Undergrad Enrollment: 9,377 Graduate Enrollment: 66 Military Enrollment: 350 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

College of Lake County Grayslake, Ill. www.clcillinois.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,740 Military Enrollment: 927 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate

Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colo. www.colostate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,412 Graduate Enrollment: 4,357 Military Enrollment: 794 Average Class Size: 37 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

College of William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. www.wm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,171 Graduate Enrollment: 2,087 Military Enrollment: 74 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Colorado State UniversityGlobal Campus Greenwood Village, Colo. http://csuglobal.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,742 Graduate Enrollment: 1,993 Military Enrollment: 1,518 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Colorado State UniversityPueblo

Columbia College Chicago Chicago, Ill. www.colum.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,000 Graduate Enrollment: 686 Military Enrollment: 155 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Columbia International University

Pueblo, Colo. www.colostate-pueblo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,609 Graduate Enrollment: 259 Military Enrollment: 208 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Columbia, S.C. www.ciu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 579 Graduate Enrollment: 684 Military Enrollment: 88 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Columbia Southern University

Columbia College

Contact: Karl Hoffmann Director of Military Outreach karl.hoffmann@columbiasouthern.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,538 Graduate Enrollment: 9,481 Military Enrollment: 17,528 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Colorado Springs, Colo. www.coloradotech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,156 Graduate Enrollment: 2,633 Military Enrollment: 6,524 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Columbia, Mo. www.ccis.edu

Orange Beach, Ala. www.columbiasouthern.edu

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 28 Contact: Mike Lederle Assistant Dean, Military and Federal Programs pmlederle1@ccis.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 29,890 Graduate Enrollment: 1,486 Military Enrollment: 7,446 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Columbus State Community College Columbus, Ohio www.cscc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,191 Military Enrollment: 1,050 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

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Cosumnes River College

Modesto, Calif. www.communitybusinesscollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 52 Military Enrollment: 11 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: specialized/programmatic Degree Types: certificates

Baltimore, Md. www.ccbcmd.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 26,271 Military Enrollment: 995 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

Community College of Beaver County Monaca, Pa. www.ccbc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,596 Military Enrollment: 90 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

Wesson, Miss. www.colin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,130 Military Enrollment: 180 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Sacramento, Calif. www.crc.losrios.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,000 Military Enrollment: 165 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

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Dakota College at Bottineau

Bottineau, N.D. www.dakotacollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 774 Military Enrollment: 32 Average Class Size: 9 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Type: associate, certificates

Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas www.dbu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,513 Graduate Enrollment: 2,109 Military Enrollment: 235 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, doctoral, certificates

Dartmouth College

Hanover, N.H. www.dartmouth.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,200 Graduate Enrollment: 2,100 Military Enrollment: 20 Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Daemen College Concordia University

Saint Paul, Minn. www.csp.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,752 Graduate Enrollment: 1,189 Military Enrollment: 122 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Connecticut Institute of Hair Design

Amherst, N.Y. www.daemen.edu

Contact: Walter Gordon Director of Veterans and Veteran Family Services wgordon@daemen.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,200 Graduate Enrollment: 766 Military Enrollment: 80 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Wolcott, Conn. www.cthairandbarberschool.com Undergrad Enrollment: 72 Military Enrollment: 1 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: certificates

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Elkins, W.Va. www.dewv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 818 Military Enrollment: 20 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

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Crown College

St Bonifacius, Minn. www.crown.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 478 Graduate Enrollment: 169 Military Enrollment: 66 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Davis & Elkins College

Chicago, Ill. www.depaul.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 24,966 Graduate Enrollment: 8,468 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, Iowa https://go.dmacc.edu/pages/welcome Undergrad Enrollment: 22,658 Military Enrollment: 622 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

DeVry University Albany, Ga. www.darton.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,300 Military Enrollment: 225 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

Downers Grove, Ill. www.devry.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 59,484 Graduate Enrollment: 20,137 Military Enrollment: 12,243 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Davenport University

Doane College

Darton State College

Grand Rapids, Mich. www.davenport.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,882 Graduate Enrollment: 3,131 Military Enrollment: 436 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Crete, Lincoln & Grand Island, Neb. www.doane.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,919 Graduate Enrollment: 866 Military Enrollment: 98 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pa. www.drexel.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,876 Graduate Enrollment: 9,624 Military Enrollment: 682 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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D’Youville College Buffalo, N.Y. www.dyc.edu

Contact: Ben Randle Director, Veterans Affairs Office randleb@dyc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,075 Graduate Enrollment: 1,121 Military Enrollment: 397 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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east Mississippi Community College Mayhew, Miss. www.eastms.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,511 Military Enrollment: 296 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Davenport, Iowa http://eicc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,474 Military Enrollment: 166 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

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Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Ky. www.eku.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,645 Graduate Enrollment: 2,139 Military Enrollment: 1,296 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Mich. www.emich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 23,341 Graduate Enrollment: 4,772 Military Enrollment: 641 Average Class Size: 35 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Eastern Oregon University La Grande, Ore. www.eou.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,845 Graduate Enrollment: 363 Military Enrollment: 246 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Eastern Shore Community College Melfa, Va. www.es.vccs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,338 Military Enrollment: 121 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Wash. www.ewu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,336 Graduate Enrollment: 1,227 Military Enrollment: 535 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Ecotech Institute

Aurora, Colo. www.ecotechinstitute.com Undergrad Enrollment: 462 Military Enrollment: 100 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

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Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, N.C. www.edgecombe.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,033 Military Enrollment: 200 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, Fla. www.erau.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,014 Graduate Enrollment: 7,768 Military Enrollment: 12,239 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Edgewood College

Madison, Wis. www.edgewood.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,028 Graduate Enrollment: 1,036 Military Enrollment: 141 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Emory & Henry College Emory, Va. www.ehc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 909 Graduate Enrollment: 35 Military Enrollment: 20 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Residential Daytona Beach, Fla. Prescott, Ariz. www.erau.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,212 Graduate Enrollment: 632 Military Enrollment: 716 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

El Paso, Texas www.excel.edu Graduate Enrollment: 165 Military Enrollment: 82 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: certificates

Excel Learning CenterAustin

Austin, Texas www.excel.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 120 Military Enrollment: 40 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: certificates

Excelsior College

El Paso Community College El Paso, Texas www.epcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 39,999 Military Enrollment: 2,799 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Excel Learning Center El Paso

Erie Community College Buffalo, N.Y. www.ecc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 28,112 Military Enrollment: 1,600 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Erwin Technical Center Tampa, Fla. www.erwin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,250 Military Enrollment: 110 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: certificates

Albany, N.Y. www.excelsior.edu

Contact: Sue Dewan Executive Director, Center for Military Educaiton sdewan@excelsior.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 35,097 Graduate Enrollment: 1,682 Military Enrollment: 13,357 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Va. www.ecpi.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,500 Graduate Enrollment: 25 Military Enrollment: 2,375 Average Class Size: 15-20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Everest University Online Tampa, Fla. www.everstonline.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 29,627 Graduate Enrollment: 505 Military Enrollment: 1,445 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Farmingdale, N.Y. www.farmingdale.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,000 Military Enrollment: 173 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, N.C. www.faytechcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,872 Military Enrollment: 6,550 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Fla. www.fit.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,287 Graduate Enrollment: 3,529 Military Enrollment: 771 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Mich. www.ferris.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,533 Graduate Enrollment: 1,212 Military Enrollment: 573 Average Class Size: 35 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Florida National University Hialeah, Fla. www.fnu.edu

Contact: Yolanda Navarro Admissions Advisor ynavarro@fnu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,812 Graduate Enrollment: 42 Military Enrollment: 93 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Fordham University New York, N.Y. www.fordham.edu/vets

Contact: Michael Gillan Associate Vice President gillan@fordham.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,325 Graduate Enrollment: 6,845 Military Enrollment: 296 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Fort Hays State University

Fresno City College

Contact: Jeremy Carlton Military Success Specialist jlcarlton2@fhsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,594 Graduate Enrollment: 2,803 Military Enrollment: 866 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Garden City Community College

Hays, Kan. www.fhsu.edu/virtualcollege/

Fresno, Calif. www.fresnocitycollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 23,000 Military Enrollment: 500 each semester Average Class Size: 40 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

Garden City, Kan. www.gcccks.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,200 Military Enrollment: 20 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

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George Mason University Fairfax, Va. www.gmu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,067 Graduate Enrollment: 10,157 Military Enrollment: 1,900 Average Class Size: 20-40 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Georgia Perimeter College Decatur, Ga. www.gpc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 23,619 Military Enrollment: 755 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Georgia Regents University Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, Ga. www.ggc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,397 Military Enrollment: 232 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s

Augusta, Ga. www.gru.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,257 Graduate Enrollment: 3,290 Military Enrollment: 660 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 33 Fox School of Business/ Temple University Philadelphia, Pa. www.fox.temple.edu/yellowribbon

Contact: Deborah Campbell Senior Assistance Dean, Undergraduate Programs dcampell@temple.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,567 Graduate Enrollment: 9,177 Military Enrollment: 1,371 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Franklin University

Columbus, Ohio www.franklin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,891 Graduate Enrollment: 1,429 Military Enrollment: 1,072 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Georgia Southern University

Boiling Springs, N.C. http://gardner-webb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,693 Graduate Enrollment: 2,231 Military Enrollment: 128 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Georgia Highlands College

Cartersville, Ga. www.highlands.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,760 Military Enrollment: 211 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

Statesboro, Ga. www.georgiasouthern.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,993 Graduate Enrollment: 2,581 Military Enrollment: 254 Average Class Size: 43 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Global University

Edgewood, Ky. www.gateway.kctcs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,015 Military Enrollment: 171 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Gateway Community College

Phoenix, Ariz. www.gatewaycc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,925 Graduate Enrollment: 1,786 Military Enrollment: 359 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Atlanta, Ga. http://gatech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,527 Graduate Enrollment: 7,030 Military Enrollment: 200 Average Class Size: 100 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Georgia Military College Columbus Campus

Springfield, Mo. www.globaluniversity.edu

Contact: Anthony Garcia Assistant Director of U.S. Student Services agarcia@globaluniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,986 Graduate Enrollment: 359 Military Enrollment: 39 Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Columbus, Ga. www.gmc411.com Undergrad Enrollment: 210 Military Enrollment: 56 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

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Grantham University

Woodbury, Minn. www.globeuniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,508 Graduate Enrollment: 131 Military Enrollment: 420 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Orlando, Fla. www.golfacademy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,019 Military Enrollment: 289 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Mich. www.gvsu.edu Undergraduate Enrollment: 21,317 Graduate Enrollment: 3,337 Military Enrollment: 484 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Green Mountain College

Concord, N.H. www.granite.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,043 Graduate Enrollment: 119 Military Enrollment: 265 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Poultney, Vt. www.greenmtn.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 637 Graduate Enrollment: 174 Military Enrollment: 15 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Gwynedd Mercy College Gwynedd-Valley, Pa. www.gmc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,223 Graduate Enrollment: 349 Military Enrollment: 67 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Kansas City, Mo. www.grantham.edu

Contact: Jared Parlette Vice President of Admissios admissions@grantham.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,337 Graduate Enrollment: 2,516 Military Enrollment: 11,437 Average Class Size: 8 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Hamline University

St. Paul, Minn. www.hamline.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,045 Graduate Enrollment: 1,577 Military Enrollment: 128 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Harrison Middleton University

Tempe, Ariz. www.hmu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 75 Graduate Enrollment: 80 Military Enrollment: 15 Average Class Size: individual instruction Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Hagerstown Community College

Hagerstown, Md. www.hagerstowncc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,000 Military Enrollment: 390 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, Hawaii www.hpu.edu/military

Contact: Jason Morgan Assistant Director of Recruiting and Retention, Military Campus Programs jmorgan@hpu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,168 Graduate Enrollment: 1,295 Military Enrollment: 2,540 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Tiffin, Ohio www.heidelberg.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,200 Graduate Enrollment: 200 Military Enrollment: 10 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Henley-Putnam University Santa Clara, Calif. http://henley-putnam.edu

Contact: Amanda Morrow Jensen Director of Outreach amorrow-jensen@henley-putnam.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 550 Graduate Enrollment: 450 Military Enrollment: 850 Average Class Size: 5 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Hope International University

Fullerton, Calif. www.hiu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,284 Graduate Enrollment: 579 Military Enrollment: 66 Average Class Size: less than 15 for online Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Howard Community College Columbia, Md. www.howardcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,152 Military Enrollment: 638 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

Humboldt State University Arcata, Calif. www.humboldt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,116 Graduate Enrollment: 519 Military Enrollment: 131 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Huntington College of Health Sciences Knoxville, Tenn. www.hchs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 200 Graduate Enrollment: 50 Military Enrollment: 15 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Illinois State University

Normal, Ill. http://illinoisstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,207 Graduate Enrollment: 2,295 Military Enrollment: 390 Average Class Size: 30-35 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, Iowa www.indianhills.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,885 Military Enrollment: 207 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Indiana Tech

Fort Wayne, Ind. www.indianatech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,321 Graduate Enrollment: 556 Military Enrollment: 438 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, Pa. www.iup.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,058 Graduate Enrollment: 2,321 Military Enrollment: 552 Average Class Size: 20-29 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Ind. www.indwes.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,103 Graduate Enrollment: 4,477 Military Enrollment: 613 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, Minn. www.inverhills.mnscu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,073 Military Enrollment: 447 Average Class Size: 32 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

ITT Technical Institute

Carmel, Ind. www.itt-tech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 60,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,398 Military Enrollment: 10,000 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Jackson State Community College Jackson, Tenn. www.jscc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,585 Military Enrollment: 112 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Jackson State University Jackson, Miss. www.jsums.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,545 Graduate Enrollment: 2,216 Military Enrollment: 310 Average Class Size: 20-25 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, Texas www.jarvis.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,136 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s

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John Tyler Community College

Chester, Va. www.jtcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,116 Military Enrollment: 1,144 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Centennial, Colo. www.jiu.edu

Contact: Rachel Schafer Academic Advisor rschafer@k-state.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,853 Graduate Enrollment: 4,061 Military Enrollment: 1,141 Average Class Size: 20-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Contact: Karanne Burdick Marketing Manager kburdick@jiu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,683 Graduate Enrollment: 1,467 Military Enrollment: 539 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Kaplan University

Chicago, Ill. www.kaplanuniversity.edu/military.aspx Undergrad Enrollment: 31,750 Graduate Enrollment: 6,502 Military Enrollment: 8,284 Average Class Size: 21 studentsundergrad, 14 students- grad Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Kaplan University Des Moines

Urbandale, Iowa www.kaplanuniversity.edu/desmoines Undergrad Enrollment: 1,025 Graduate Enrollment: 77 Military Enrollment: 169 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Kirkwood Community College

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. www.keiseruniversity.edu

Contact: Jan Del Signore Associate Vice Chancellor of Military Affairs jandel@keiseruniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,707 Graduate Enrollment: 601 Military Enrollment: 2,307 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa www.kirkwood.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,962 Military Enrollment: 770 Average Class Size: 25-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Lake Superior State University

Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. www.lssu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,590 Graduate Enrollment: 9 Military Enrollment: 81 Average Class Size: 30 people Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pa. www.kutztown.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,135 Graduate Enrollment: 669 Military Enrollment: 167 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Kennesaw, Ga. www.kennesaw.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,333 Graduate Enrollment: 1,854 Military Enrollment: 800 Average Class Size: 40 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Lakewood College

Cleveland Heights, Ohio www.lakewoodcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,994 Graduate Enrollment: 381 Military Enrollment: 17-54 Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas www.lamar.edu Undergraduate Enrollment: 9,674 Graduate Enrollment: 4,615 Military Enrollment: 725 Average Class Size: 46 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Mich. www.ltu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,065 Graduate Enrollment: 1,089 Military Enrollment: 66 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Lewis University

Romeoville, Ill. www.lewisu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,750 Graduate Enrollment: 750 Military Enrollment: 553 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, Va. www.liberty.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 61,832 Graduate Enrollment: 38,815 Military Enrollment: 19,258 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tenn. www.lipscomb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,858 Graduate Enrollment: 1,514 Military Enrollment: 200 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock, Texas www.lcu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,640 Graduate Enrollment: 495 Military Enrollment: 61 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Madonna University

Livonia, Mich. www.madonna.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,500 Graduate Enrollment: 1,200 Military Enrollment: 102 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

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Manhattan Area Technical College

Manhattan, Kan. www.manhattantech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,183 Military Enrollment: 155 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown, Iowa www.iavalley.edu/mcc/index.html Undergrad Enrollment: 5,971 Military Enrollment: 35 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

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Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Md. www.mica.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,822 Graduate Enrollment: 249 Military Enrollment: 3 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Maryville University

St. Louis, Mo. www.maryville.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,980 Graduate Enrollment: 1,223 Military Enrollment: 95 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills, Mass. www.massbay.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,251 Military Enrollment: 138 Average Class Size: 20-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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McNeese State University

Methodist University

Michigan State University

Medaille College

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Middlesex County College

Lake Charles, La. www.mcneese.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,711 Graduate Enrollment: 877 Military Enrollment: 185 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Buffalo, N.Y. www.medaille.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,100 Graduate Enrollment: 380 Military Enrollment: 64 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Mercer County Community College West Windsor, N.J. www.mccc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,873 Military Enrollment: 145 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

Fayetteville, N.C. www.methodist.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,157 Graduate Enrollment: 202 Military Enrollment: 495 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

St. Paul, Minn. www.metrostate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,000 Graduate Enrollment: 2,000 Military Enrollment: 1,500 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colo. www.msudenver.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,976 Graduate Enrollment: 350 Military Enrollment: 970 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Mayville State University Mayville, N.D. www.mayvillestate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 990 Graduate Enrollment: 30 Military Enrollment: 25 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

McMurry University

Abilene, Texas www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/ Undergrad Enrollment: 1,182 Graduate Enrollment: 2 Military Enrollment: 265 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Edison, N.J. www2.middlesexcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,561 Military Enrollment: 277 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Midlands Technical College

Columbia, S.C. www.midlandstech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,946 Military Enrollment: 1,264 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. www.mercy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,029 Graduate Enrollment: 3,425 Military Enrollment: 259 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

East Lansing, Mich. www.msu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 37,454 Graduate Enrollment: 8,986 Military Enrollment: 262 Average Class Size: 49 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Miami International University of Art & Design Miami, Fla. www.artinstitutes.edu/miami Undergrad Enrollment: 2,973 Graduate Enrollment: 128 Military Enrollment: 113 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional - SACS Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

West Memphis, Ark. www.midsouthcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,980 Military Enrollment: 113 Average Class Size: 15-20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Miles Community College Miles City, Mont. www.milescc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 470 Military Enrollment: 8 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, Wis. www.msoe.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,378 Graduate Enrollment: 186 Military Enrollment: 58 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Mississippi State University

Misericordia University Dallas, Pa. www.misericordia.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,427 Graduate Enrollment: 585 Military Enrollment: 54 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Mississippi College

Clinton, Miss. www.mc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,050 Graduate Enrollment: 1,900 Military Enrollment: 150 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Monroe Community College

Mississippi State, Miss. www.msstate.edu

Rochester, N.Y. www.monroecc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 35,219 Military Enrollment: 899 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Contact: Professor Linda Cornelious lcornelious@colled.msstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,390 Graduate Enrollment: 3,975 Military Enrollment: 2,097 Average Class Size: 30-40 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, Pa. www.mc3.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,876 Military Enrollment: 814 Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

Morehead State University

Minnesota School of Business

Richfield, Minn. www.msbcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,085 Graduate Enrollment: 79 Military Enrollment: 408 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey, Calif. www.mpc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,929 Military Enrollment: 1,490 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 43 Missouri University of Science & Technology

Morehead, Ky. www.moreheadstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,725 Graduate Enrollment: 1,447 Military Enrollment: 237 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation Type: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Rolla, Mo. www.mst.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,843 Graduate Enrollment: 1,804 Military Enrollment: 136 Average Class Size: 29 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Online Undergraduate or Graduate Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, S.D. www.mitchelltech.edu

Contact: Julie A. Brookbank Director of Marketing & Public Information julie.brookbank@mitchelltech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 434 Military Enrollment: 61 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Who Should Apply? Monmouth University

West Long Branch, N.J. www.monmouth.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,738 Graduate Enrollment: 1,734 Military Enrollment: 85 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

H Individuals who need training relevant to veterans’ specific needs H Individuals who support veterans as they transition to college and civilian life H Individuals who are seeking advancement H Undergraduate students seeking an interdisciplinary concentration for the BSIS degree H Graduate students seeking a minor

visit www.distance.msstate.edu/veterans or call 662.325.8876 for more information

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Motlow State Community College

Mount Mary University

Mott Community College

Mount Wachusett Community College

Lynchburg, Tenn. www.mscc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,717 Graduate Enrollment: 624 Military Enrollment: 175 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

Flint, Mich. www.mcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,687 Military Enrollment: 289 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Milwaukee, Wis. http://mtmary.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,054 Graduate Enrollment: 586 Military Enrollment: 15 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Gardner, Mass. http://mwcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,731 Military Enrollment: 361 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Mount Washington College

Manchester, N.H. www.mountwashington.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,893 Military Enrollment: 151 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

National American University

Rapid City, S.D. www.national.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,075 Graduate Enrollment: 397 Military Enrollment: 2,374 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Nash Community College Rocky Mount, N.C. www.nashcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,888 Graduate Enrollment: 557 Military Enrollment: 119 Average Class Size: 20-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

National College

Indianapolis, Ind. www.national-college.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,535 Military Enrollment: 199 Average Class Size: 8 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

NortherN VirgiNia CommuNity College is Committed to meetiNg your Needs. We offer: Affordability NOVA’s tuition is significantly less than most public colleges and universities. Active duty service members can maximize their tuition assistance and family members can use MyCAA to help cover costs.

Guaranteed Admission Agreements Come to NOVA first. Finish at the university of your choice. Learn more at www.nvcc.edu/gaa.

Office of Military Services This dedicated office helps all members of the military community— active duty, veterans, and family members—achieve their educational and career goals.

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National College of Business & Technology Nashville, Tenn. www.national-college.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,020 Military Enrollment: 87 Average Class Size: 9 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

National University La Jolla, Calif. www.nu.edu

Contact: Vernon H. Taylor Associate Vice President Military & VA Programs vtaylor@nu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,925 Graduate Enrollment: 14,242 Military Enrollment: 6,972 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Neumann University

Aston, Pa. www.neumann.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,166 Graduate Enrollment: 426 Military Enrollment: 43 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, N.M. www.nmsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,651 Graduate Enrollment: 3,375 Military Enrollment: 14,276 Average Class Size: 28 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

New England College

Henniker, N.H. www.nec.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,582 Graduate Enrollment: 1,240 Military Enrollment: 110 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

New England College of Business Boston, Mass. www.necb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 697 Graduate Enrollment: 197 Military Enrollment: 60 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, Wis. www.nwtc.edu

Contact: Jeremy Galica Veteran’s Advisor jeremy.galica@nwtc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 43,000 Military Enrollment: 757 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

New York Film Academy Los Angeles, Calif. www.nyfa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 120 Graduate Enrollment: 58 Military Enrollment: 42 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

New York University

New York, N.Y. www.nyu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,000 Graduate Enrollment: 20,000 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Ariz. http://nau.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,700 Graduate Enrollment: 4,200 Military Enrollment: 1,007 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Northern Virginia Community College Fairfax, Va. www.nvcc.edu

Nazareth College of Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. www.naz.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,212 Graduate Enrollment: 989 Military Enrollment: 89 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Nebraska Methodist College

Omaha, Neb. www.methodistcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 850 Graduate Enrollment: 211 Military Enrollment: 47 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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New England Institute of Art Brookline, Mass. www.artinstitutes.edu/boston Undergrad Enrollment: 1,521 Military Enrollment: 57 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional - NEASC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Niagara County Community College

Sanborn, N.Y. www.niagaracc.suny.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,397 Military Enrollment: 194 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Contact: C. Michael Johnson Director of Military Services cjohnson@nvcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 78,000 Military Enrollment: 7,000 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 44 Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, Mich. www.nmc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,847 Military Enrollment: 262 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Northwestern State University

Natchitoches, La. www.nsula.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,587 Graduate Enrollment: 1,095 Military Enrollment: 482 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Norwalk Community College

Norwalk, Conn. www.ncc.commnet.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,400 Military Enrollment: 107 Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Norwich University

Northfield, Vt. www.norwich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,261 Graduate Enrollment: 1,114 Military Enrollment: 780 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Old Dominion University Norfolk, Va. www.odu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,612 Graduate Enrollment: 5,058 Military Enrollment: 5,521 Average Class Size: 32 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Olympic College

Bremerton, Wash. www.olympic.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,888 Military Enrollment: 1,676 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, Ore. www.oit.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,970 Graduate Enrollment: 31 Military Enrollment: 165 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Our Lady of the Lake College

Baton Rouge, La. www.ololcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,585 Graduate Enrollment: 163 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Davenport, Iowa www.palmer.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 48 Graduate Enrollment: 1,038 Military Enrollment: 79 Average Class Size: 35 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Palomar College

San Marcos, Calif. www.palomar.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 33,000 Military Enrollment: 1,600 Average Class Size: 32 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

Oberlin, Ohio www.oberlin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,920 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s

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Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio www.otterbein.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,575 Graduate Enrollment: 422 Military Enrollment: 60 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Okla. http://go.okstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,050 Graduate Enrollment: 6,511 Average Class Size: 32 undergrad/12 graduate Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

University Park, Pa. www.worldcampus.psu.edu

Contact: Matthew Miller Military Admissions Counselor msm5421@psu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,722 Graduate Enrollment: 5,551 Military Enrollment: 1,982 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Waterbury, Conn. www.post.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,269 Graduate Enrollment: 1,457 Military Enrollment: 4,141 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Pulaski Technical College

Park University Oberlin College

Penn State World Campus

Contact: Stephen Terry Director of Military and Veteran Student Services stephen.terry@park.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,019 Graduate Enrollment: 1,218 Military Enrollment: 13,592 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

North Little Rock, Ark. www.pulaskitech.com Undergrad Enrollment: 16,326 Military Enrollment: 1,036 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Va. www.regent.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,433 Graduate Enrollment: 3,492 Military Enrollment: 1,139 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Rider University

Lawrenceville, N.J. www.rider.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,700 Graduate Enrollment: 1,100 Military Enrollment: 100 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Denver, Colo. http://regis.edu

Contact: John Sweet Military & Veterans Services Coordinator jsweet@regis.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,146 Graduate Enrollment: 7,474 Military Enrollment: 864 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, N.Y. www.roberts.edu/home/ Undergrad Enrollment: 1,323 Graduate Enrollment: 429 Military Enrollment: 33 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Rockland Community College

Suffern, N.Y. www.sunyrockland.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,100 Military Enrollment: 310 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies Providence, R.I. http://rwu.edu/academics/schoolscolleges/scs Undergrad Enrollment: 4,389 Graduate Enrollment: 881 Military Enrollment: 412 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Rowan University

Glassboro, N.J. www.rowan.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,750 Graduate Enrollment: 1,383 Military Enrollment: 254 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, N.J. www.rutgers.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 43,386 Graduate Enrollment: 14,796 Military Enrollment: 2,033 Average Class Size: 15-20 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Park University is a private, nonprofit institution of higher learning founded in 1875. We offer 42 undergraduate degrees, 11 associate degrees and 6 graduate-level degrees including an A.S., B.A. or B.S. in Criminal Justice and a certificate program in Terrorism and Homeland Security. Park has built a relationship with the U.S. military over four decades. Park has campus locations at 37 military installations in 21 states.

visit us online at www.park.edu/mae or call (800) 755-7275. PARK’S PROMISE: Serving those who serve their community and country with personalized, globally-relevant education for life.

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Saint Joseph’s College

Rensselaer, Ind. www.saintjoe.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,163 Graduate Enrollment: 22 Military Enrollment: 11 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Saint Joseph’s College

Standish, Maine www.sjcme.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,959 Graduate Enrollment: 1,412 Military Enrollment: 203 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Fla. www.saintleo.edu

Contact: grad.admissions@saintleo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,820 Graduate Enrollment: 5,352 Military Enrollment: 9.511 Average Class Size: 14 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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St. Louis, Mo. www.slu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,806 Graduate Enrollment: 5,175 Military Enrollment: 299 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Lacey, Wash. www.stmartin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,524 Graduate Enrollment: 425 Military Enrollment: 380 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Notre Dame, Ind. www.saintmarys.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,469 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s

Seattle, Wash. www.seattleu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,589 Graduate Enrollment: 1,933 grad/962 law Military Enrollment: 166 students Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Durant, Okla. www.se.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,674 Graduate Enrollment: 446 Military Enrollment: 181 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Southeastern Technical College Vidalia, Ga. www.southeasterntech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,458 Graduate Enrollment: 701 Military Enrollment: 70 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Saint Xavier University

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Chicago, Ill. www.sxu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,843 Graduate Enrollment: 1,541 Military Enrollment: 89 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Southern California Institute of Technology Anaheim, Calif. www.scitech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 671 Military Enrollment: 27 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: hybrid, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Carbondale, Ill. www.siu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,130 Graduate Enrollment: 4,673 Military Enrollment: 1,302 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Edwardsville, Ill. www.siue.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,349 Graduate Enrollment: 2,213 Military Enrollment: 600 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College Mount Gay, W.Va. www.southernwv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,178 Military Enrollment: 60 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate

St Cloud, Minn. www.stcloudstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,787 Graduate Enrollment: 1,670 Military Enrollment: 712 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Rochester, N.Y. www.sjfc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,960 Graduate Enrollment: 1,048 Military Enrollment: 58 Average Class Size: 15-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Queens, N.Y. www.stjohns.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,840 Graduate Enrollment: 5,247 Military Enrollment: 215 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

St. Petersburg, Fla. www.spcollege.edu

Wichita, Kan. www.southwesterncollege.org

Contact: Chris Smith Coordinator of Military Education chris.smith@sckans.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,555 Graduate Enrollment: 2,301 Military Enrollment: 2,874 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, Fla. www.stu.edu/Default.aspx Undergrad Enrollment: 3,756 Graduate Enrollment: 840 Military Enrollment: 51 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: Regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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State Fair Community College

Sedalia, Mo. www.sfccmo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,987 Military Enrollment: 234 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Stanly Community College Albemarle, N.C. www.stanly.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,116 Military Enrollment: 124 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate

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Contact: Jeff Cavanagh Director of Veterans Services cavanaghjeff@spcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 33,220 Military Enrollment: 2,173 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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State University of New York at Canton Canton, N.Y. www.canton.edu

Contact: Patrick Massaro Military & Veterans Services Coordinator massarop@canton.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,825 Military Enrollment: 120 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

State University of New York at Potsdam Potsdam, N.Y. www.potsdam.edu/index.cfm Undergrad Enrollment: 3,988 Graduate Enrollment: 435 Military Enrollment: 101 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, Texas www.sfasu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,298 Graduate Enrollment: 1,701 Military Enrollment: 300-400 Average Class Size: 29 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Stratford University Falls Church, Va. www.stratford.edu

Contact: Keith A. Evans, Sr. Manager Military Outreach kevans@stratford.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,062 Graduate Enrollment: 581 Military Enrollment: 435 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, N.Y. www.esc.edu

Contact: Desiree Drindak Military Academic Development Coordinator desiree.drindak@esc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,467 Graduate Enrollment: 1,324 Military Enrollment: 1,662 Average Class Size: 5 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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SUNY Ulster County Community College

Stone Ridge, N.Y. www.sunyulster.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,925 Military Enrollment: 78 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Syracuse University

Syracuse, N.Y. www.syr.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,798 Graduate Enrollment: 6,231 Military Enrollment: 239 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, N.Y. www.oswego.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,151 Graduate Enrollment: 770 Military Enrollment: 140 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, Fla. www.tcc.fl.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,799 Military Enrollment: 1,598 Average Class Size: 35 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Texas A&M UniversitySan Antonio

Cookeville, Tenn. www.tntech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,957 Graduate Enrollment: 1,512 Military Enrollment: 346 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

San Antonio, Texas www.tamusa.tamus.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,600 Graduate Enrollment: 700 Military Enrollment: 450 Average Class Size: 18-22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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San Marcos, Texas www.txstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 29,458 Graduate Enrollment: 4,767 Military Enrollment: 2,587 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Laredo, Texas www.tamiu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,271 Graduate Enrollment: 1,566 Military Enrollment: 80 Average Class Size: 34 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Texas Tech University

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Contact: Dr. Ryan Van Dusen Director ryan.van-dusen@ttu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 26,494 Graduate Enrollment: 5,986 Military Enrollment: 617 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

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Lubbock, Texas www.ttu.edu

Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas www.txwes.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,532 Graduate Enrollment: 1,410 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Texas A&M University

Bryn Mawr, Pa. www.theamericancollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 69,184 Graduate Enrollment: 2,855 Military Enrollment: 175 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: master’s, doctoral, certificates

Washington, D.C. www.cua.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,694 Graduate Enrollment: 3,144 Military Enrollment: 180 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

The Citadel

Charleston, S.C. www.citadel.edu/root/ Undergrad Enrollment: 2,629 Graduate Enrollment: 870 Military Enrollment: 106 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

College Station, Texas www.tamu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 42,042 Graduate Enrollment: 11,329 Military Enrollment: 709 Average Class Size: 40 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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The City University of New York

The College of St. Scholastica

Contact: Stephen Clark Director for Student Veteran Affairs stephen.clark@mail.cuny.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 237,737 Graduate Enrollment: 32,266 Military Enrollment: 2,778 Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Contact: Brenda Panger Associate Director of Transfer Admissions bpanger@css.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,877 Graduate Enrollment: 1,267 Military Enrollment: 116 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: national, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types:, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 67 The College of New Jersey Ewing, N.J. http://tcnj.pages.tcnj.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,163 Graduate Enrollment: 1,372 Military Enrollment: 58 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Chicago, Ill. www.artinstitutes.edu/chicago Military Enrollment: 196 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional - HLC Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg Schaumburg, Ill. www.artinstitutes.edu/schaumburg Undergrad Enrollment: 1,970 Military Enrollment: 58 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional - HLC, American Culinary Federation Inc., Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio www.osu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 43,058 Graduate Enrollment: 13,329 Military Enrollment: 1,853 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, masters, doctoral, certificates

The University of Akron The Illinois Institute of Art - Tinley Park Tinley Park, Ill. www.artinstitutes.edu/tinleypark Undergrad Enrollment: 242 Military Enrollment: 5 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional - HLC, Council for Interior Design Accreditation Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Akron, Ohio www.uakron.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 24,308 Graduate Enrollment: 4,463 Military Enrollment: 900 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

The University of Alabama The Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, Calif. www.lafilm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,057 Military Enrollment: 401 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

Tuscaloosa, Ala. http://ua.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 28,026 Graduate Enrollment: 4,994 Military Enrollment: 804 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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The University of Fairfax Tysons Corner, Va. www.ufairfax.edu Graduate Enrollment: 70 Military Enrollment: 12 Average Class Size: 6 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: master’s, doctoral, certificates

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The University of Tennessee at Martin Martin, Tenn. www.utm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,326 Graduate Enrollment: 425 Military Enrollment: 113 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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The University of West Alabama

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Livingston, Ala. www.uwa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,108 Graduate Enrollment: 2,835 Military Enrollment: 90 Average Class Size: 13 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Trenton, N.J. www.tesc.edu/mshs

Contact: Lee Wofford Director of Military Enrollment Management militaryeducation@tesc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,718 Graduate Enrollment: 1,281 Military Enrollment: 8,420 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio www.findlay.edu/pages/default.aspx Undergrad Enrollment: 2,600 Graduate Enrollment: 1,000 Military Enrollment: 20 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

The University of Memphis Memphis, Tenn. http://memphis.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 38,258 Graduate Enrollment: 10,264 Military Enrollment: 802 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, Texas www.utdallas.edu

Contact: Sue Heiler Recruitment Manager glemba@utdallas.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,029 Graduate Enrollment: 7,698 Military Enrollment: 798 Average Class Size: 32 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Thiel College

Greenville, Pa. www.thiel.edu/index.htm Undergrad Enrollment: 1,081 Military Enrollment: 25 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, N.C. www.uncg.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,674 Graduate Enrollment: 3,498 Military Enrollment: 483 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

El Paso, Texas www.utep.edu Contact: Becky Carlos Assistant Director jrcarlos@utep.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,217 Graduate Enrollment: 3,532 Military Enrollment: 1,596 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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The University of Toledo The University of Tampa Tampa, Fla. www.ut.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,143 Graduate Enrollment: 769 Military Enrollment: 176 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Toledo, Ohio www.utoledo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,876 Graduate Enrollment: 4,624 Military Enrollment: 391 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Tidewater Community College

Virginia Beach, Va. www.tcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 44,393 Military Enrollment: 8,841 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Towson University

Towson, Md. www.towson.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,988 Graduate Enrollment: 3,972 Military Enrollment: 275-300 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Troy University Troy, Ala. www.troy.edu

Contact: Captain David Barron (ret.) Associate Vice Chancellor of Military Affairs wdbarron@troy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,318 Graduate Enrollment: 4,972 Military Enrollment: 3,688 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Central Missouri

University of Arkansas at Monticello

University of Charleston

Fairbanks, Alaska www.uaf.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,576 Graduate Enrollment: 1,223 Military Enrollment: 767 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Monticello, Ark. www.uamont.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,495 Graduate Enrollment: 115 Military Enrollment: 100 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Ultimate Medical Academy Trident Technical College Charleston, S.C. www.tridenttech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 24,126 Military Enrollment: 2,083 Average Class Size: 18 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Tampa, Fla. www.ultimatemedical.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,841 Military Enrollment: 1,200 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, certificates

Umpqua Community College Trinity Washington University

Washington, D.C. www.trinitydc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,885 Graduate Enrollment: 778 Military Enrollment: 60 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Roseburg, Ore. www.umpqua.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,607 Military Enrollment: 126 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, Conn. www.bridgeport.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,503 Graduate Enrollment: 2,302 Military Enrollment: 70 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Warrensburg, Mo. www.ucmo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,683 Graduate Enrollment: 2,195 Military Enrollment: 2,004 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Charleston, W.Va. www.ucwv.edu

Contact: Michael Levy Director of Educational Partnerships and Military Programs michaellevy@ucwv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,026 Graduate Enrollment: 401 Military Enrollment: 125 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colo. http://engineeringonline.colorado.edu

University of California, Los Angeles

United States Sports Academy Daphne, Ala. www.ussa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 277 Graduate Enrollment: 689 Military Enrollment: 68 Average Class Size: 4 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Los Angeles, Calif. www.ucla.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,941 Graduate Enrollment: 13,400 Military Enrollment: 582 Average Class Size: 34 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Contact: Jen Allen Student Engagement Specialist jennifer.l.allen@colorado.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 25,000 Graduate Enrollment: 5,000 Military Enrollment: 800 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Connecticut Storrs, Conn. http://uconn.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,301 Graduate Enrollment: 7,955 Military Enrollment: 700 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kan. www.ku.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,140 Graduate Enrollment: 7,988 Military Enrollment: 685 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Louisville

Louisville, Ky. http://louisville.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,963 Graduate Enrollment: 5,330 Military Enrollment: 818 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional, hybrid, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Maine at Augusta

Augusta, Maine www.uma.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,000 Military Enrollment: 350 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

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University of Management and Technology Arlington, Va. www.umtweb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,964 Graduate Enrollment: 1,822 Military Enrollment: 3,565 Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Mary

Bismarck, N.D. www.umary.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,096 Graduate Enrollment: 877 Military Enrollment: 191 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

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Adelphi, Md. www.umuc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 28,273 Graduate Enrollment: 13,995 Military Enrollment: 33,554 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Mass. www.umass.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,014 Graduate Enrollment: 6,179 Military Enrollment: 430 Average Class Size: 36 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich. www.umich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,979 Graduate Enrollment: 15,447 Military Enrollment: 183 Average Class Size: 19-29 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minn. www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.html Undergrad Enrollment: 28,714 Graduate Enrollment: 16,233 Military Enrollment: 750 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Mississippi University, Miss. www.olemiss.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,060 Graduate Enrollment: 2,734 Military Enrollment: 530 Average Class Size: 34 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, Neb. www.unk.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,072 Graduate Enrollment: 1,968 Military Enrollment: 228 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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University of NebraskaLincoln Lincoln, Neb. www.unl.edu

Contact: Robert Mathiasen Academic Advisor unlextended@unl.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,034 Graduate Enrollment: 5,728 Military Enrollment: 481 Average Class Size: 28 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. www.unlv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,432 Graduate Enrollment: 4,970 Military Enrollment: 965 Average Class Size: 33 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nev. www.unr.edu

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Contacts: Channing Bunch Director, Recruitment and Student Engagement channing.bunch@unmc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 853 Graduate Enrollment: 2,802 Military Enrollment: 53 Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Contact: Danielle Townsend Program Coordinator, Online EMBA dcrowthe@unr.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,694 Graduate Enrollment: 3,082 Military Enrollment: 450 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Pembroke, N.C. www.uncp.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,504 Graduate Enrollment: 765 Military Enrollment: 842 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Denton, Texas www.unt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 28,911 Graduate Enrollment: 6,867 Military Enrollment: 2,000 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Northern Iowa

Florence, Ala. www.una.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,500 Military Enrollment: 325 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Wilmington, N.C. http://uncw.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,387 Graduate Enrollment: 1,346 Military Enrollment: 800 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Dahlonega, Ga. http://ung.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,737 Graduate Enrollment: 722 Military Enrollment: 698 Average Class Size: 32 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Cedar Falls, Iowa www.uni.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,655 Graduate Enrollment: 1,618 Military Enrollment: 270 Average Class Size: 33 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 56 University of New Haven University of Nebraska— Omaha Omaha, Neb. www.unomaha.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,136 Graduate Enrollment: 2,650 Military Enrollment: 1,245 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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West Haven, Conn. www.newhaven.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,693 Graduate Enrollment: 1,658 Military Enrollment: 217 Average Class Size: 23 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, N.D. http://und.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,953 Graduate Enrollment: 2,801 Military Enrollment: 1,025 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Northwestern Ohio

Lima, Ohio www.unoh.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,577 Graduate Enrollment: 23 Military Enrollment: 282 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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University of Oklahoma Norman, Okla. www.ou.edu

Contact: Larry Hayes Staff Assistant II lhayes@ou.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,000 Graduate Enrollment: 3,600 Military Enrollment: 1,978 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Phoenix Phoenix, Ariz. www.Phoenix.edu

Contact: military.services@phoenix.edu Enrollment: 287,500 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Richmond Richmond, Va. www.richmond.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,400 Graduate Enrollment: 961 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

University of San Diego San Diego, Calif. www.sandiego.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,457 Graduate Enrollment: 2,648 Military Enrollment: 396 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Pittsburgh, Pa. www.pitt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 24,990 Graduate Enrollment: 10,340 Military Enrollment: 375 Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Rochester, N.Y. www.rochester.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,785 Graduate Enrollment: 4,725 Military Enrollment: 31 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, Okla. www.usao.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 985 Military Enrollment: 20 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s

University of South Carolina

Aiken, S.C. web.usca.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,123 Graduate Enrollment: 87 Military Enrollment: 100 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, S.D. www.usd.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,690 Graduate Enrollment: 2,594 Military Enrollment: 390 Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of South Florida

Tampa, Fla. www.usf.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 36,225 Graduate Enrollment: 9,024 Military Enrollment: 1,200 Average Class Size: 35 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. www.usi.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,498 Graduate Enrollment: 969 Military Enrollment: 213 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Ky. www.ucumberlands.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,958 Graduate Enrollment: 3,165 Military Enrollment: 80 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine www.usm.maine.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,574 Graduate Enrollment: 2,979 Military Enrollment: 401 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas www.uiw.edu

Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,346 Graduate Enrollment: 2,023 Military Enrollment: 2,085 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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University of WisconsinOshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. www.uwosh.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,332 Graduate Enrollment: 1,091 Military Enrollment: 550 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa www.uiu.edu

Contact: Michelle Smith Academic Advisor smithm1@uiu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,645 Graduate Enrollment: 533 Military Enrollment: 695 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Eau Claire, Wis. www.uwec.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,520 Graduate Enrollment: 547 Military Enrollment: 329 Average Class Size: 28 Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

University of WisconsinWhitewater Whitewater, Wis. www.uww.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,767 Graduate Enrollment: 1,277 Military Enrollment: 314 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Nashville, Tenn. www.vanderbilt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,796 Graduate Enrollment: 5,914 Military Enrollment: 92 Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, Calif. www.vanguard.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,683 Graduate Enrollment: 250 Military Enrollment: 66 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Utah State University

Logan, Utah www.usu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 25,445 Graduate Enrollment: 3,341 Military Enrollment: 457 Average Class Size: 19-20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Vincennes University

Vincennes, Ind. www.vinu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,000 Military Enrollment: 2,700 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, certificates

Utica College

Utica, N.Y. www.utica.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,768 Graduate Enrollment: 1,071 Military Enrollment: 179 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Virginia College

Birmingham, Ala. www.vc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,269 Graduate Enrollment: 154 Military Enrollment: 2,750 Average Class Size: 15 students Accreditation: national, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Valparaiso University University of WisconsinGreen Bay Greenleaf, Wis. www.uwgb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,611 Graduate Enrollment: 179 Military Enrollment: 290 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

University Of Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. www.uwyo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,929 Graduate Enrollment: 2,709 Military Enrollment: 600 Average Class Size: 29 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Valparaiso, Ind. http://valpo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,980 Graduate Enrollment: 1,098 Military Enrollment: 30 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: national, regional, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Virginia Western Community College

Roanoke, Va. www.virginiawestern.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,315 Military Enrollment: 999 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Warner Pacific University Portland, Ore. www.warnerpacific.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,535 Graduate Enrollment: 81 Military Enrollment: 81 Average Class Size: 12 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Washington State University

Pullman, Wash. www.wsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 23,135 Graduate Enrollment: 4,544 Military Enrollment: 450 Average Class Size: 20-29 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas www.wbu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,707 Graduate Enrollment: 2,623 Military Enrollment: 5,093 Average Class Size: 11 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Weber State University

Ogden, Utah www.weber.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 26,532 Graduate Enrollment: 664 Military Enrollment: 279 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

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Webster University Chesterfield, Mo. www.webster.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 5,874 Graduate Enrollment: 21,218 Military Enrollment: 6,432 Average Class Size: 10 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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Weatherford, Texas www.wc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,267 Military Enrollment: 212 Average Class Size: 20 students Accreditation: Regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, Pa. www.wcupa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,301 Graduate Enrollment: 2,114 Military Enrollment: 213 Average Class Size: 24 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas http://wtamu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,683 Graduate Enrollment: 1,272 Military Enrollment: 464 Average Class Size: 25-30 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, W.Va. www.wvwc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,315 Graduate Enrollment: 79 Military Enrollment: 4 Average Class Size: 19 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

Westmoreland County Community College

Youngwood, Pa. www.wccc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,600 Military Enrollment: 150 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

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Westfield State University Westfield, Mass. www.westfield.ma.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,368 Graduate Enrollment: 711 Military Enrollment: 254 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, N.C. www.wcu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,259 Graduate Enrollment: 2,147 Military Enrollment: 337 Average Class Size: 26 students Accreditation: national, regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Western Governors University Salt Lake City, Utah www.wgu.edu

Contact: Mike Manning Strategic Relations Manager mike.manning@wgu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 30,006 Graduate Enrollment: 9,326 Military Enrollment: 2,532 Accreditation: regional, specialized/ programmatic Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s

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Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Mich. www.wmich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,478 Graduate Enrollment: 5,120 Military Enrollment: 486 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Western Piedmont Community College

Morganton, N.C. www.wpcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,650 Military Enrollment: 100 Average Class Size: 25 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Western Technical College

La Crosse, Wis. www.westerntc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,721 Military Enrollment: 1,300 Average Class Size: 30 students Accreditation: national, regional, hybrid, specialized/programmatic Degree Types: associate, certificates

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Wash. www.wwu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,833 Graduate Enrollment: 931 Military Enrollment: 150 Average Class Size: 30 Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, certificates

Western Illinois University Macomb, Ill. www.wiu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,436 Graduate Enrollment: 2,474 Military Enrollment: 602 Average Class Size: 22 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

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William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa www.wmPa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,697 Graduate Enrollment: 168 Military Enrollment: 77 Average Class Size: 17 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, Ga. www.wiregrass.edu

Contact: Margaret Brogdon Satellite Services Coordinator/ Moody AFB Extended Campus margaret.brogdon@wiregrass.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,144 Military Enrollment: 358 Average Class Size: 21 students Accreditation: Regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

Wright State University

Dayton, Ohio www.wright.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,127 Graduate Enrollment: 3,662 Military Enrollment: 610 Average Class Size: 27 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville, Va. www.wcc.vccs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,091 Military Enrollment: 235 Average Class Size: 16 students Accreditation: regional Degree Types: associate, certificates

William Mitchell College of Law St. Paul, Minn. www.wmitchell.edu Graduate Enrollment: 927 Military Enrollment: 28 Average Class Size: 33 students Accreditation: national Degree Types: doctoral

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UIU Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Off-Campus Education Initiative In 1973, Upper Iowa was one of the first American universities to emulate the British model of a “university without walls” when UIU created the Coordinated Off-Campus Degree Program (COCDP), which at the time offered only one bachelor’s degree in public administration. Essentially, the basics of COCDP allowed students to satisfy most of their college credits without attending classes on campus through paper-based correspondence courses. Since then, as technology changed, so did the program, which now relies extensively on computers and Web-based classes. The successful initiative has evolved over four decades, being renamed as the external degree program, independent study program and most recently the self-paced degree program. In addition to changes in the initial COCDP structure, UIU has added an online program and developed 19 educational centers located in various U.S. communities in seven states. Today, the total non-residential university accounts for the majority of UIU graduates.

University of Dallas Launches Doctor of Business Administration Program The University of Dallas has launched a new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program and is now accepting applications for its first class, which will enter in fall 2014. The three-year, 60-credit-hour program is one of fewer than a dozen AACSB-accredited programs in the United States and the first in Texas. “Our DBA program offers an intense, challenging curriculum centered on building strategic approaches to solving existing business problems,” said Director of Executive Learning Rodney Williams, who will oversee the new program. “Coursework won’t be limited to the theoretical. Our students will actively test researched theories within their own workplaces.” The program’s curriculum, which has been designed to quickly respond to rapidly changing business landscapes, will focus on applied research. More specifically, students will develop strategies that incorporate organizational agility, direct customer engagement, emerging technologies and sustainable and ethical business practices. www.MAE-kmi.com

“The off-campus degree program in 1973 quickly gained popularity by serving the needs of adult learners who had few opportunities to finish their college education while continuing on their career trajectory,” UIU President William R. Duffy II said. “The UIU program would evolve into the Division of Continuing Studies, the Off-Campus Degree Programs, and later, the Online Program. Upper Iowa gained a national reputation for serving adult learners through distance learning and evening and weekend classes. Only in recent years have student expectations changed so that most other colleges now offer some type of distance learning. “The administration at UIU in 1973 could not have imagined its entrepreneurial efforts to take a major risk would not only stabilize the university financially but would forever change the scope and identity of Upper Iowa University,” he added. “The entrepreneurial spirit that led UIU into the world of off-campus education long before many other colleges and universities will continue to be a driving force for UIU.”

Baylor Hosts Congressional Hearing Focused on Jobs for Vets Baylor housed its first congressional hearing to explore the various economic opportunities available to veterans in Texas. U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, chairman of the House of Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on economic opportunity, held the hearing, titled “Texas’ Innovative Approaches to Jobs and Employment for Veterans.” The objective was to find out what practices are working well to provide economic opportunity for veterans. The hearing featured a cross section of employers, educators and a handful of state agencies. There were also speakers representing four colleges: Baylor, McLennan Community College, Texas State Technical College and Texas A&M University. The location of the hearing was selected because of Baylor’s centrality to the veteran community.

CTC Adds Vocational Counselors to Assist Veterans As part of the new VetSuccess on Campus program initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Texas College (CTC) now has two experienced vocational counselors on campus to assist veterans, active duty and eligible family members with a variety of services. The program was established earlier this year to provide a supportive, on-campus environment where student veterans may gather to obtain assistance and peer support. Its focus is to assist student veterans in making a smooth transition to college life and successfully complete their educational programs. The two counselors assigned to CTC, James Morgan and Gregory Primas, serve as a one-stop shop to provide assistance with everything from education benefits to medical health referrals. Military personnel and veterans can seek assistance with information applying for and maximizing VA educational benefits, including the various GI Bills and other VA and non-VA educational benefits. Students can also obtain help with applying for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) services, transition support services to include vocational exploration and career counseling, information on college credit for military experience and training, job placement assistance to include resume writing, translating military work experience and training and referrals to state and other agencies for assistance. MAE  8.10 | 63

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Embracing Change and Helping Servicemembers Define Their Futures Carol A. Berry, Ed.D. Director Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Carol A. Berry, Ed.D., a native of New Jersey, became the sixth director of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) in April 2010. Berry earned a baccalaureate degree in biological sciences and Master of Science degree in Education from Hofstra University and a Doctor of Education degree from Regent University. From 1979-2003, Berry served with the Navy’s Voluntary Education Program, where she was in charge of education programs in Keflavik, Iceland, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va. In September of 2003, she assumed the reins as the Southeast regional director, Navy College Programs, overseeing the management of Navy College Offices throughout the southeast quadrant of the U.S. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Meritorious Civilian Service award for her contributions to Navy Voluntary Education Services; the Kenn Smith Award for Navy Campus Excellence–Educator of the Year, Most Notable Alumna-Regent University; VA-ACME President’s Award; and numerous awards and letters of commendation for outstanding performance and innovative projects. Q: Describe for us the ACE evaluation for college credit program. Who determines when and which military courses or occupations ACE evaluates for recommended credit? What requirements must ACE academic evaluators meet in order to attend military reviews and make credit recommendations? A: The Military Evaluations Program (MEP) is one of the many contracts supported by the Department of Defense to provide educational services and products for servicemembers. These contracts and products are managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support. The MEP facilitates the evaluation of service school courses and occupations for potential college credit. The courses and occupations identified for evaluation are selected by the respective services. They prioritize their selections by reviewing the time since the last review, when there are significant changes in curriculum or when new courses are developed and brought online. The evaluations are conducted on-site and, in some instances, virtually. During the evaluation process, evaluators determine if the content has the academic content and rigor equivalent to collegiate learning. Ideally, we want to have courses evaluated in a timely manner so that servicemembers going through the training can benefit from the resulting recommendations. 64 | MAE 8.10

Sixty days prior to the visit, the services provide ACE with course materials to begin the review. Using these materials, which include the Programs of Instruction, service branch-specific documents, along with training course control documents, master course schedules and approval letters, ACE prepares for the on-site visit. ACE assembles evaluation teams comprised of ACE staff and active subject matter expert (SME) professors and instructors to review the documents for each course or occupation. The SMEs have been actively teaching in their respective fields at an institution that is accredited for at least five years. All of this leads to the data that is posted to the Joint Services Transcript (JST), the official document listing the recommended credits that the MEP generates. This single transcript documents the credit recommendations for the Navy, Army, Marines and Coast Guard. Finally, ACE, in partnership with academic professors who participated in a military assessment, recently offered a webinar to universities and colleges around the country entitled “Demystifying Military Evaluations.” This webinar proved so successful that ACE has proposed to schedule it again in fiscal year 2014. You can view the webinar at www.acenet.edu/events/pages/demystifying-military -evaluations.aspx. www.MAE-kmi.com

Q: What is the SOC Degree Network? What are the advantages that SOC provides the military, and what are the benefits of an institution joining the SOC consortium? A: The Servicemembers’ Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is another contract managed by DANTES, and a key factor to facilitate the transfer of college courses, CLEP and DSST, and credit for military training into degree plans. Schools that are members of SOC support the use of these various credit sources. The colleges and universities within the SOC consortium work together on behalf of military students to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid coursework duplication. The SOC Degree Network System is a subgroup of the SOC consortium. These institutions are selected by the military services to deliver specific associate and bachelor degree programs to servicemembers and their families. These networks consist of a number of degree programs in a single academic area offered by SOC Degree Network System (SOC DNS) core member institutions. These institutions offer programs on military installations and through distance learning. The schools that are part of the SOC DNS program follow the principles and criteria established for schools providing educational services for the military. They have to participate in the catalog circulations to establish the articulation of courses for each of the networks. The powers behind the SOC DNS are the articulation tables for the courses offered by schools in the various networks, the

upfront articulation of credit for military training and occupations, and the upfront articulation of credit for examinations through the DSST, CLEP and Excelsior College exams program. The student agreement is the document that the SOC DNS school creates when a student decides to pursue a specific degree at a SOC DNS school. This document lists all of the courses required for the degree. The student sends all of their prior college transcripts, JST, and any testing results from any CLEP or DSST exams they may have taken to their SOC DNS school. The school reviews all of the documents and posts the accepted credits from all of the sources provided by the student. Also listed on the agreement is the list of courses remaining for the student to complete the degree. The student agreement is like a road map for the student to track his or her progress to a degree and to help the individual choose the correct courses each term until degree completion. SOC DNS schools produce over 100,000 agreements a year. Over the course of the program, nearly 1 million student agreements have been prepared, with over 350,000 graduates. Q: Are veterans and military retirees eligible for DANTES-funded testing? What progress has been made toward conversion to 100 percent computer-based testing? A: DANTES funds examinations for active military and reserve personnel. Veterans and retirees are not funded; however, under provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004, test

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fees for certain exams may be reimbursed. We encourage veterans and retirees to contact the VA representative at their school or their local VA office for information the VA website. The testing environment changes rapidly and as a result, DANTES has had to evolve the testing program to ensure that the testing program remained viable for servicemembers. To that end, DANTES-sponsored exams have either moved to or will soon migrate to computer-based or internet-based platforms. We have already experienced the transition for GED, CLEP and DSST. The GED is in the process of migrating to CBT, with a full implementation in 2014. Since this development, the way DANTES provides for servicemembers to take the GED is through a voucher. Individuals who need this exam should check out the specifics at the DANTES website, www.dantes.doded.mil/programs/exams_ged. html. All of the CLEP exams have been converted to 100 percent computer-based testing and are offered at on-campus and basesponsored National Test Centers worldwide. The next step for CLEP is transition to Internet-based testing. DSST exams are already administered via the Internet-based platform throughout the continental U.S. with the anticipation of the overseas test sites converting from paper-based to 100 percent Internet-based in 2014. Over the next three to five years, the rest of the DANTES-sponsored exams will convert to some form of computer-based testing. For the latest information about DANTES-funded testing, go to www.dantes.doded.mil/programs/exams.html.

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We also have a self-assessment for individuals who want to begin a distance learning program but aren’t sure they are ready. The DANTES Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLRSA) is a 16-item self-assessment that presents key elements of distance learning to the user. The user selects the response that best represents their current level of readiness. Once they have answered all of the items, a report is generated that provides the user with a distance learning readiness score. In addition, they are given executable advice regarding their level of readiness for distance learning that is designed to help them improve their level of readiness and educate them on what they might expect when taking a distance learning course. The DANTES DLRSA can be found at www.dantescatalogs.com/dldemo/dldemointro.aspx. DANTES has created a training program and user manual designed to teach the elements of the DLRSA and how to counsel students using the instrument that counselors can order through the Distance Learning program manager, by emailing dantesdl@navy.mil. Q: Tell us about the new DoD MOU. What is it, and why is it so important for students and institutions to be aware of what is happening with this revision to the DoD instruction? A: The DoD Memorandum of Understanding is in place to help ensure equitable treatment for servicemembers and ensure that institutions follow established principles of best practices for educating servicemembers their 11:12 familyAM members. Veterans 2013_Military Edand 12/2/13 Page 1 Some of these

principles include the use of extra-institutional credit, review and use of credit recommended for military training, articulation of courses between network schools and limiting residency requirements. These and the rest of the principles provide guidelines for schools and how they might facilitate the educational journey for servicemembers and their families. The DoD MOU has been in place since 2012 and, like in all new programs, there are going to be changes. Institutions desiring to participate in the Services Tuition Assistance Program will have to agree to adhere to the new proposed DoD MOU, which includes the following requirements: 1. Require all educational institutions providing education programs through the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program to: • provide meaningful information to students about the financial cost and attendance at an institution so military students can make informed decisions on where to attend school. • not use unfair, deceptive and abusive recruiting practices. • provide academic and student support services to servicemembers and their families. 2. Implement rules to strengthen existing procedures for access to military DoD installations by educational institutions.

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3. Require DoD to conduct an annual review and notification process is required if there are changes made to the uniform semester-hour (or equivalent) TA caps and annual TA ceilings. 4. Require the military departments to provide their servicemembers with a joint services transcript. 5. Implement the DoD Postsecondary Education Complaint System for servicemembers, spouses, and adult family members to register student complaints. 6. Authorize the military departments to establish servicespecific TA eligibility criteria and management controls. These requirements are listed in the proposed DoD Instruction 1322.25. DoD is presently reviewing the comments made to the Federal Register. Once DoD has reconciled the comments and publishes the new DoD instruction, all schools currently holding a signed DoD MOU will have to re-sign the new DoD MOU. DANTES will send out notifications to all current MOU schools when it is time to sign the new document. Schools will have at least 60 days from the publication date to review and sign the new MOU. More information will be published as we have it. Interested individuals and schools should check the DANTES website (www.dantes.doded. mil) or the DoD MOU website (www.dodmou.com) for up-to-date announcements. While no additional comments can be submitted, interested individuals can still view the posting on the Federal Register at

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Priority enrollment for servicemembers returning to college. By Pam Northrup, Ph.D. With 37 million adults in the United States ages 25 to 64 having some college but no degree or credential, degree completion provides a second chance for them to get their degrees and advance the nation’s workforce goals. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 33 percent of all veterans have some college and no degree, making degree completion programs an important goal for veterans who are preparing for a civilian career. In 2009, President Obama addressed the serious economic need for higher levels of college completion, asking every American to “commit to at least one year or more of higher education” to meet the demands of a changing economy. President Obama stated that three-fourths of the nation’s fastest-growing high-wage, high-skill jobs required at least some postsecondary education. He strongly urged the country to raise college completion rates from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2020 and return the United States to its previous status as the world’s education leader. In Florida, approximately 2.2 million adults have earned some college credit and stopped out of college for various reasons, including job commitments and financial, family and health needs. The Complete Florida program is designed to increase the number of adults holding a degree. The Florida legislature funded the University of West Florida (UWF) to lead Complete Florida in partnership with other state colleges, universities and private institutions. The goal is to recruit, retain and recover adults who have dropped out of college, get them back to school and have them successfully complete a degree. At this time, St. Petersburg College, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Florida International University have joined the partnership. The legislation specifically states that servicemembers and veterans are to be given priority for enrollment in the Complete Florida program offerings. The Complete Florida model is adult-friendly, featuring focused degree programs with career pathways that lead to jobs or advancement for the adult learner. Complete Florida also defines itself on a foundation of wrap-around support services to guide the adult through a degree program to successful completion and entry into a fast-growing occupation. All programs selected for Complete Florida are designed to be flexible, fully online, fully engaged, accelerated, have multiple starts per year and provide “stackable” certificates to successfully meet professional goals. The program’s goal is to get adults back to school, as well as to determine how to reduce the cost of distance learning through use of free and reduced resources already available, such as massive online open courses, prior learning assessment, competency-based education, and other pacing models that reduce the time to degree completion while aligning all work done in college to the needs of the workforce. Developing adult-friendly experiences includes pacing of studies to fit into busy schedules with work, family and life obligations. Personalized degree pathways toward completion and career entry will provide adults with needed flexibility in their learning—with benefits such as accelerated courses, flexible course schedules and customized student services. Financial support is also important for adults returning to school, as well as the recognition of existing credits and experiences. The use of “concierge-based” wrap-around services provides students a guide www.MAE-kmi.com

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through the program that will deal with transcripts, class schedules, financial aid, developmental course needs, time management skills and general encouragement to promote success and reduce overall anxiety. Additional services specifically for military and veteran students include academic advising, counseling, tutoring and referral services. In the first phase of Complete Florida, UWF and St. Petersburg College are partnering to deliver the information technology program. Stackable certificates in IT-related areas are available to the student as part of coursework allowing students to complete industry standard and content-specific certificates as well as attain a college degree. Industry certifications such as Microsoft Certification and CompTIA are available as well as certificates in areas of cyber security, intelligence analysis, and information security management. In phase one, Complete Florida industry partners support their own employees in degree completion, as well as collaborating with the Complete Florida institutions to build internships, co-ops and job opportunities for graduates. In phase two, additional academic degree programs include specific industry sectors aligned to business, health care, education, management and computer science/IT. Florida State College at Jacksonville offerings will include Supervision and Management, B.A.S.; Industrial Management, A.S.; IT Management, B.A.S.; and Nursing, B.S.N. The University of West Florida offerings will include Information Technology, B.S.; Health Sciences, B.S.; and General Business, B.S. In phase three, competency-based program offerings in Career and Professional Studies from UWF and other appropriate programs will be implemented. Building competency-based programs will significantly reduce costs and increase access for distance learning degrees through individual student pacing with hallmark student support incorporated throughout the student’s program of study. This model will require both regional accreditation approvals and federal approvals under the direct assessment requirement to separate courses into competencies aligned to industry demand and engage students through the program pipeline in a personalized pathway. Phase three will identify admissions and registration policies and practices that can be further streamlined for purposes of sharing courses even more across the Florida system.O Pam Northrup, Ph.D., is the associate provost and executive director of the Innovation Institution. For more information on Complete Florida, visit www.completeflorida.org or email pnorthru@uwf.edu. MAE  8.10 | 69

GI Bill updates for the new fiscal year.

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Hidden amid the rather tumultuous start of the new fiscal year is the fact that the GI Bill education benefit actually made a few improvements. These updates can be categorized in two ways: Payout rates increased slightly, and the number of additional programs funded by the Post-9/11 benefit is, consequently, slowly rendering the existence of the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) as almost completely unnecessary. Rest assured that any active duty servicemember who made the $1,200 investment into the MGIB at enlistment has not lost the money. When all 36 months of GI Bill benefits have been exhausted, the $1,200 (or corresponding percentage of the 36 months used under the Post-9/11 option) is refunded as an addition to the 36th and final Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) stipend check. Remember also that a family dependent using the transferred Post-9/11 benefits during that 36th month will receive the refund; how the veteran retrieves this refund from the dependent is a family matter and not for the base education office to decide. Yes, the Henderson Hall education office has been asked this question! The Post-9/11 benefit still covers all tuition up to the highest instate rate, and for private schools, the yearly cap for tuition and fees saw an increase to $19,198.31 (up from $18,077.50). There is a small number of schools with in-state rates that exceed the cap. This is handled on a state-by-state basis and explained on the GI Bill website (www.gibill.va.gov). The MHA stipend remains at the BAH rate of E-5 with dependents. The MHA was increased slightly for all online coursework, to $714.50 (still calculated at 50 percent of the national average of BAH rates of E-5+dependents). The number of apprenticeship, on-the-job training (OJT), flight school and correspondence school programs increased also, for which Post-9/11 benefits can be used. So did these yearly caps and payouts. The caps for flight and correspondence schools not located on brickand-mortar campuses were increased to $10,970.46 and $9,324.89, respectively. Apprenticeship and OJT payout rates are at 100 percent of E-5+dep BAH rates for the first six months of the program, 80 percent for the second six-month period, 60 percent for the third six months, 40 percent for the fourth six months, and sustains at 20 percent for the remainder of the program. Some points of clarification are needed here about the Post-9/11 benefits when used by active duty servicemembers or their family dependents. It often is forgotten that servicemembers are able to take back transferred benefits from family dependents at any time. If the servicemember elects not to take back transferred benefits, this is entirely the choice of the servicemember, not due to any policy or Veterans Administration (VA) mandate. Also, GI Bill benefits are not considered marital property (Henderson Hall has been asked this, also!). If a servicemember uses Post-9/11 benefits while active duty, all tuition is paid up to the highest in-state rates or the annual cap

(whichever is applicable), and the book stipend is paid; however, the MHA is not an additional payment on top of the BAH received already. The servicemember is not eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits. Yellow Ribbon benefits are applicable once the active duty servicemember separates from full-time service. An active duty servicemember’s spouse using transferred Post9/11 benefits receives the same payouts that the servicemember would receive; the spouse also would be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits where the school is an eligible participant. The spouse, however, does not qualify for the MHA either, as long as the servicemember remains active duty. A child dependent using transferred Post-9/11 benefits receives the same payouts that the servicemember would receive, would be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits as applicable, and would receive the MHA, even if the child dependent is living at home. One additional piece of guidance should be noted, pertaining to the Yellow Ribbon designation. Anyone seeking a Yellow Ribbon school should check for further qualifiers pertaining to the words “Yellow Ribbon” on a school’s website, or otherwise applied to a given institution of higher learning (IHL). Yellow Ribbon payments made by the school can be called simply another type of scholarship, in addition to the benefit paid by the VA. The VA, however, determines the number, the amount and any other applicable condition to the benefit, because it is a joint contribution with a federal government entity, on behalf of a student veteran to a DoD-approved IHL. There are a limited number of Yellow Ribbon undergraduate scholarships or graduate degree programs at IHLs, as well as a limited amount that will be funded by the VA. This is just one of many reasons why the advice remains the same: The veteran or dependent ready to make use of GI Bill benefits should select the school first, then contact that school’s VA certifying official to determine the best GI Bill option at that particular school. USMC education personnel remain poised to assist servicemembers, veterans and family dependents with their secondary education financial aid. The GI Bill improvements are certainly welcome. Education office personnel hopefully can maneuver successfully through the maze of information to assist military community members in making the best use of their new (or old) GI Bill benefits. O

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Taking advantage of military training and prior coursework offers military students an opportunity to cut college costs and speed up their time to graduation. By Nora McGann, MAE Correspondent Faced with high college costs and shaky student loan rates, consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the price tag of each class and look to save money wherever possible. Fewer people, especially adult learners, are looking for the “college experience” and instead place a higher value on lowering the cost of attendance and increasing the return on investment. The idea of receiving college credit for courses previously completed or experience acquired outside of the classroom—through work or independent study—is gaining traction with students, and nontraditional students, veterans or active duty in particular, are increasingly taking advantage of the opportunity. From academic testing programs like College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, or school-specific exams to having their military transcript evaluated for credit, military students have a number of avenues to pursue credit. Facilitating the process of establishing a reliable and standardized resource for documenting the recommended credits for military training is the evolution of the military transcript. It’s been a long road, but the new Joint Service Transcript is both a powerful tool for servicemembers and a trusted resource for colleges.

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formatted transcript among the respective services,” explained Carol Berry, Ed.D., director of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). In essence, ACE is the body responsible—through a DANTES contract—for evaluating military training and establishing credit recommendations. A team of college-level faculty members evaluate military training completed in service schools, correspondence courses and specific occupations, then recommend corresponding credits students should receive. Thus, when considering awarding credit for military training, schools had to evaluate a variety of military transcripts: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript (AARTS), Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript (SMART), as well as those from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), and the Coast Guard Institute. While this sounds potentially confusing, these records actually replaced something more so: the DD295, Application for the Evaluation of Learning Experiences during Military Service, which took more time both for the military to prepare and for schools to evaluate. “These documents were a vast improvement over the DD295, but because they were formatted a little differently and contained slightly different information, institutions found they still required a developed set of skills to evaluate the contents as it related to their respective institution,” Berry continued. The Joint Service Transcript (JST), which now includes the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard (the Air Force continues to use the CCAF transcript), is based on the

SMART platform for a number of reasons. The AARTS program was already ending, and the SMART was scalable, had ACE approval, as well as “rigorous validation protocols,” as Berry put it. The Coast Guard and Army coordinated agreements with the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center to become incorporated into the SMART platform. “The new unified transcript gives servicemembers potentially a single source document that captures their training and occupations history, as well as additional elements of degrees earned, apprenticeships completed via the United Service Members Apprenticeship Program, certification/licensure and tuition assistance courses [past or current]. Each service component can pick and choose which additional elements they wish to appear on their JST,” Berry emphasized.

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military training for credit, and past spring, testing increased the services have entered into by about 10 percent over the agreements with a number of same period last year, meanacademic institutions to proing more servicemembers mote such programs. flocked to their test centers “For example, the Army to access this very valuable Career Degree Program transsource of college credit to lates Army training into college maintain their momentum credit that matches requiretoward their degrees,” Berry ments in MOS-related college said. degrees. They show soldiers Not only are more miliRay Otto precise options for meeting coltary students taking these exams, more are succeeding, raymond.m.otto@medaille.edu lege requirements with Army training, in the classrooms of with the military pass rate more than 100 SOCAD colincreasing over the past three leges, or by distance learnyears from 36 to 61 percent. ing, testing, certification and “CLEP and DSST exams have professional licensure,” Berry proven to be academically noted. The Navy College Prosound tools to accomplish gram Distance Learning Partthe goals of assisting institunership schools provide sailors tions and military students in the opportunity to pursue a meeting the financial and acadegree through distance learndemic challenges of graduatSue Dewan ing. “These education partnering more students with fewer ships provide associate and resources,” Berry concluded. sdewan@excelsior.edu bachelor’s degree programs DANTES also manages relevant to each rating, and the contract with the Servicemake maximum use of military members Opportunity Colprofessional training and expeleges (SOC), which is a key rience to fulfill degree requireplayer in awarding credit for ments,” she continued. The prior college courses, CLEP Marine Corps Career Colleges and DSST, and credit for miliProgram supports Marine’s tary training. In a way, SOC development by matching schools can be considered an Marine Occupational Fields academic support network of with quality degrees from military-friendly institutions. Patricia Shope SOCMAR member institu“The colleges and universipes125@psu.edu tions. SOCCOAST has worked ties within the SOC Consorto coordinated Guard rating-related degrees tium work together on behalf of military as well. students to avoid excessive loss of previously In addition to accepting CLEP and DSST, earned credit and avoid coursework duplicaExcelsior College has its own credit-by-exam tion. Schools in the SOC Degree Network program called UExcel. In fact, the college System (DNS) have published articulation of offers associate and bachelor’s degree prohow these credit sources fit into their degree grams in business and liberal arts that can programs,” Berry said. be earned primarily through UExcel Exams. “Students can transfer in prior credit toward Waste Not, Want Not these degrees and then complete the majority of the requirements using the identified Although military transcripts have UExcel Exams,” explained Susan Dewan, become more streamlined, the amount of executive director, Center for Military Educacredits a school will accept vary since awardtion at Excelsior College. ing of college credit is based on the chosen There are limitations to prior learnmajor and individual institution’s requireing credit, whether they are related to the ments. While prior learning credit may be number of credits able to be transferred or to accepted for general education requirements, what degrees they may be attributed. While highly technical degrees with specific major Excelsior has no limit to the amount of requirements may not accept as many. Other credit that someone could transfer in, there degrees that closely correspond to an MOS are some restrictions. “Whether credit was will likely offer greater opportunities to apply www.MAE-kmi.com

veteran must retake the exam earned by exam or courseor take the course if transwork completed elsewhere, ferring in to Medaille Coltypical academic-related limlege,” said Ray Otto, military its on transfer credit may exist recruiting manager at Medaisuch as duplicate courses or lle College School of Adult equivalents, credits that do and Graduate Education. not meet a given program’s The structure of the adult requirements [although they learning program at Medaimight apply toward eleclle is well-suited for veterans. tives], and some time limits Alum Tom Deluzio served may apply on how long ago Linda Frank eight years on active duty and credit toward the professional linda.frank@esc.edu four in the reserves as milicomponent of a degree was tary police in the Army. After earned,” she continued. he separated form the Army, he worked for SUNY Empire State College awards credit a number of different law enforcement agenfor specified scores from DSST, CLEP, Excelcies, but couldn’t get promoted because he sior College Examinations (ECE, formerly didn’t have an education. Twenty-five years Regents College), Thomas Edison College after he joined the Army he decided to use Examination Program (TECEP), AP, Graduthe education benefits he earned while servate Record Examinations (GRE) Advanced ing, and credits his educational success to Tests, and New York University Proficiency both the discipline he learned while in the Testing in Foreign Languages. At SUNY military and the structure of his degree proEmpire State College, students may transfer grams at Medaille. up to 40 credits or 10 four-credit classes for “The adult school of education that I associate degrees, 96 credits or 24 four-credit went through at Medaille is extremely userclasses for a bachelor’s, and up to nine credits friendly, especially for military personnel. or three three-credit classes for all masIt’s very structured. Even for working profester’s degree programs. They offer assessment sionals, it is set up for success. If it weren’t credit for the MBA in Management and MA in for my education benefits and the structure Adult Learning. I was taught on active duty, I would not have “To accept test scores on a regionally been successful in school,” Deluzio said. accredited transcript, an NYSED approved “I went from barely graduating in junior school transcript, an AARTS or SMART trancollege to graduating cum laude with my script, or on any document other than the master’s degree. One degree was pre-service, original score report, [the school needs the the other was post,” he continued. As a year the student took the exam; the exam full-time student, in four years Deluzio comtitle; the student’s score] and the document pleted a bachelor’s in business management needs to be processed through the Empire and a master’s in organizational leadership. State College Admissions Office. … The stuFollowing graduation, because of his masdent’s score must meet or exceed the Empire ter’s and military background, Deluzio was State College criteria for that exam,” Linda recruited for a leadership position by a small Frank, director of the college’s Office of Vetstate law enforcement agency that provides eran and Military Education explained. security for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Penn State World Campus accepts both Buffalo, N.Y. CLEP and DSST. “Since [these exams] The key to making your military career only cover a small set of courses, we also and prior learning work for you appears to offer our own internal credit by exam as be research and communication. DANTES well as credit by portfolio. This allows our and organizations like ACE and SOC have a students many more opportunities to be number of resources available to help clarify assessed and acquire credit for their previous the process, and schools have advisors ready non-collegiate learning,” Patricia Shope, to assist. If you’ve put in your time in the prior learning assessment coordinator with military, it’s likely that you can use it to your Penn State Outreach and Online Education advantage and move your degree forward. O noted. Medaille College accepts “up to 60 credits from nontraditional test methods such For more information, contact MAE Editor as CLEP and DSST; however, the school Kelly Fodelat kellyf@kmimediagroup.com will not accept nontraditional test credor search our online archives for related stories at www.mae-kmi.com. its from other colleges/universities. The www.MAE-kmi.com

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State Authorization for Distance Education and Reciprocity In the fall of 2010, the Department of Education issued a series of regulations including one specifically relating to “State Authorization.” The guidance stated that any institution of higher education delivering programs to students in other states must secure authorization to do so from each state in which it has students residing. While this federal regulation was overturned on a technicality in 2011, the department recently announced a rulemaking process that will overcome the technicality and reinstate the rule. Meanwhile, states still expect institutions to follow their regulations, which pre-dated the federal rule. More importantly for those of us involved with voluntary education, the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 1322.25 that was recently posted on the federal register for comment cites the vacated federal regulation. In other words, if the Department of Education reinstates the state authorization regulation, institutions providing post-secondary education through the federal tuition assistance program must adhere to all state requirements where the services are rendered. Institutions serving students on military bases, even at a distance, will not be exempted from the requirement. Those of us who have been working on securing authorization from 49 other states, not to mention the territories and the District of Columbia, for the past few years have come to realize what a difficult and expensive task this has become. Forty-nine states with 49 policies and 70-plus (some have two!) different departments providing administrative oversight are what we’ve been asked to navigate. This is especially cumbersome for small schools with limited budgets (many states require a fee to comply) and limited legal resources, as the legal jargon in some cases can be overwhelming. While this is extremely burdensome for many institutions, a glimmer of light has been cast on the subject. Over the past few years, the four regional higher education compacts—Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education and Southern Regional Education Board—have proposed a remedy that should assist schools in satisfying individual state requirements regarding the delivery of online courses across state lines.

By Lane Huber

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA, is built on trust and cooperation among states. Rather than have each individual state regulate all institutions that provide distance education to students in their state, participating states would agree to regulate institutions in their own state instead using a common set of criteria. They would also agree to “accept” institutions from other member states, as long as these institutions have already met the criteria in their own state. It is important to understand that participation by states and institutions is completely voluntary. Institutions may only participate if they have completed the authorization process in their home state, provided that state is a member of SARA. If a state opts out, however, no institutions located in that state may participate in SARA, and they would have to continue to satisfy the requirements of all individual states, as they do now. The National Commission for SARA has hired Marshall Hill, former executive director of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, to lead the implementation of the agreement. Over the next few months, the regional compacts will be finalizing details and holding several information sessions. They also will be assisting interested states in aligning their laws to allow them to participate in SARA (requiring legislative action in some states) and in creating procedures for reviewing and approving institutions. The new SARA website at www.nc-sara.org includes FAQs and updates on next steps that states and institutions should be taking. For military-serving institutions, SARA will enable them to meet their state authorization requirements in participating states by obtaining approval in their home state. O

Note from Mike Heberling, CCME President: This month we thank Lane Huber, CCME Secretary, for his timely article on State Authorization for Distance Education and Reciprocity. Lane acknowledges the help of Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research and Analysis for WCET, in preparing this article.

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Q: Please provide a brief overview of your school’s history, mission and curriculum. A: Founded nearly 50 years ago, Central Texas College (CTC) is a public, open-admission community college offering associate degrees and certificate programs in academic, professional and vocational/technical fields. Our mission is to provide accessible education that supports student success and employability. CTC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and certificates of completion. Q: What is your school’s background in military education? A: With Fort Hood as our neighbor, CTC’s military roots date back to our founding when the campus was constructed on 560 acres of land donated by Fort Hood in 1967. CTC initiated on-site programs on Fort Hood in 1970 and in Europe in 1974. CTC’s success at Fort Hood and Europe led to the explosive expansion of CTC’s locations including Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri), South Korea, and the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets in 1976. By the early 1980s CTC offered programs to military personnel stationed in the Pacific Command, Alaska and Panama, as well as throughout the continental United States. CTC was a founding member of the Servicemember’s Opportunity College and one of the original eArmyU partner colleges. Today we serve over 50,000 students, including active duty military, veterans and their families at over 140 locations around the world. Q: What online degree and certificate programs do you offer and how do these distance learning programs fit in with the lives of active duty and transitioning military personnel? A: We offer more than 40 degree and certificate programs online, with monthly start 76 | MAE 8.10

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A: One of the key issues is ensuring that students see the inherent and practical value of a college degree. As educators, we must evaluate the value that our programs provide. Every course in every degree plan must be evaluated for how well it delivers the “soft” and “hard” skills that employers require. A second key issue is student retention and graduation. We must constantly look at a student from a holistic viewpoint and determine what interventions will improve student retention.

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A: Our most popular program for military students is our general studies degree. It offers flexibility and transferability, and allows military students to make maximum use of evaluated credit. Our criminal justice, business and hospitality degrees are very appealing to our military students. Homeland security is a program that has grown in popularity, and provides a good fit for military students’ skill sets.

A: We have spent much of the last two years refining our college strategic plan. Our focus remains student success and employability. Our top two priorities are enhancing success and achievement and expanding programs and services to our students. We have an incredibly talented staff dedicated to serving our students, particularly those with military connections. CTC is an exciting, dynamic institution with a long history of service to the military. We are also lucky to have distinguished alumni around the world. In the next six months we will focus on building an alumni network to assist us with student support, mentoring and retention. If we focus our time, energy and resources on our goals I’m confident that we will make our students more successful, which will make us more successful. O

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