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Sept. 17, 2013
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Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Northwest Missouri State University a 2014 Military Friendly School in recognition of the University’s commitment to embracing military service members, veterans and their family members and ensuring their success on campus.
This marks the second consecutive year Northwest has been named on the list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are delivering the best experience for military students.
“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.”
Now in its fifth year, the list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools approved for VA tuition funding. According to Victory Media, 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools made this year’s list.
The survey findings are compiled and weighted to determine a final score based on a number of categories including military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students and academic credit for military service.
Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers a range of degree and certification programs that benefit military students. 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.
Further enhancing its services for veterans, Northwest recently signed an agreement with the Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) to house a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) in the University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. VSO Jesse Campbell has office hours in the CIE on the first and third Mondays of every month, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campbell will be available in Room 1222 of the CIE and may be contacted by calling 660.562.1710.
“Without this partnership, local veterans would have to travel to St. Joseph to connect with a VSO,” said Jennifer Kennymore, health educator in University Wellness Services who helped facilitate the agreement. “Jesse serves as a bridge between veterans and services the veterans commission has available through the VA. This partnership is important not only because it is the right thing to do, but it helps veterans at Northwest and in the community connect with the resources they need.”
Additionally, a Northwest advisor assists veterans with career placement and the University has full-time veteran counselors on its staff. Northwest has veteran organizations on its campus, including the Northwest Student Veterans Association and an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. Northwest also offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty.
Jonathan Sielaff knows firsthand the anxiety some military students and veterans feel when returning to school, but he found comfort in the resources and supportive faculty and staff available at Northwest. Sielaff, 26, is a senior geographic information systems major from Maryville and is president of the Student Veterans Association at the University.
A member of the Missouri Army National Guard since 2004, he was deployed to Afghanistan from March 2007 to March 2008, driving an up-armored Humvee and participating in missions that included mounted patrols through Kabul, escorting personnel and responding to incidents within the city limits. He also served as an active guard/reserve member from March 2009 to September 2011, working as a healthcare specialist for an infantry battalion and a medical support company. In May, he reenlisted for six additional years.
“A veteran and naturally older than most of my student peers, I initially had reservations on my ability to start my post-secondary education,” Sielaff said. “Everywhere I looked at Northwest - every office and department - there was unwavering support for veterans and service members. Whether it was granting additional time for class work due to military commitments or working overtime to ensure educational benefits came through, the faculty and staff at Northwest have proven their dedication to serving our brothers and sisters in arms. Their hard work to improve our experience at Northwest is noticed.”
Founded in 1905, Northwest has evolved into a vibrant and diverse learning community that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. With enrollment of more than 6,500 students hailing from throughout the United States and 29 countries, the University offers more than 150 student organizations. Northwest boasts a 59.2 percent graduation rate, which is the highest graduation rate of all moderately selective schools in Missouri and 19 percent higher than the national average. Additionally, 97.4 percent of Northwest students find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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