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Sept. 28, 2012
G.I. Jobs Magazine has named Northwest Missouri State University a Military Friendly School for 2013 in recognition of the University’s commitment to recruiting military students.
The designation ranks Northwest among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students. Now in its fourth year, the G.I. Jobs team surveys more than 12,000 institutions to help military personnel, veterans and military dependents find the schools best suited to meet their needs.
“This is a great thing for Northwest Missouri State University but maybe an even greater thing for the veterans who are choosing to attend Northwest,” said Del Morley, Northwest’s director of financial assistance. “We hope this designation is an indication of the respect Northwest has for these men and women who are serving our country and our commitment to help make their transition to college as easy and seamless as possible.”
The survey findings are compiled and weighted to determine a final score that is based on four areas – certifications, programs and policies; financial commitment; success in recruiting military and veteran students; and academic accreditations.
The G.I. Jobs survey cited Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, for its range of degree and certification programs. Northwest also is VA approved, gives credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). The University follows American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when granting credit for military experience or from other regionally accredited institutions as transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
Northwest has an advisor who assists veterans with career placement and full-time veteran counselors on staff. The University also has veteran organizations on its campus, including a Student Veterans of America chapter and its Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Dr. Mark Corson, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, advises the Northwest Veteran's Organization. Corson also is a military veteran, having returned to Northwest last year after a 15-month deployment that took him to Iraq for nine months as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
“We provide our military students a place where they can meet and interact with veterans from all services and eras, share stories and experiences, and get help and mentorship so they can help each other and ensure that veteran’s issues are understood on our campus,” Corson said. “The bottom line is when veterans come here, they are very welcome and we can get it.”
Additionally, Northwest offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty.
“Northwest's 130 rigorous programs of study, small class sizes, opportunities for hands-on learning early in your college career and 93 percent placement rate following graduation are just a few of the reasons why Northwest is an excellent choice for military members,” G.I. Jobs Magazine wrote. “In addition, students have many resources available to them that include the Talent Development Center, Writing Center, Math Lab, Career Services and faculty advisors throughout their time at Northwest.”The complete listing appears at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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