For the fourth consecutive year, Military Times has named Excelsior College a “Best for Vets” College.
According to Military Times, which comprises Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, the 2014 “Best for Vets” rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The evaluation also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
Among the more than 37,000 currently enrolled students at Excelsior, more than 14,000 count themselves as active-duty or of veteran status. And of the more than 4,643 Excelsior graduates in the 2012-2013 academic year 34 percent were members of the U.S. military.
This past summer, Excelsior launched the Lt Col Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center, a robust offering of military/veteran-centric information and resources, including financial aid and academic support, mental health and wellness services, veteran-to-veteran counseling, and even free legal and financial services.
Excelsior also has a number of strategic partnerships with military and veterans organizations (e.g. Department of Arizona, California, Nevada, New York and Vermont state VFWs) that offer reduced tuition and fees for veterans and their spouse/domestic partner.
In addition, in June 2012, Excelsior launched a quarterly webinar series for veterans, “You’re Back – What’s Next” focused on transition issues. The next event, “Get LinkedIn to Your Career Network” How to Improve Your Writing, is scheduled for December 11 at 7 pm eastern.
Excelsior has also been designated a “Top Military Friendly School by Military Advanced Education seven consecutive years, “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs four straight years and “Best for Vets”. In addition, Military Times also selected Excelsior’s Business program as a Top 5 program in 2013.
Excelsior College’s other education credentials include:
• Excelsior’s course, “Success Strategies for Military and Veterans” earned the 2010-2011 Innovation Award from the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS). The course provides college and career orientation to veterans and military members and teaches transition strategies for those entering the civilian workforce after a military career.
• Excelsior is a recipient of the Council of College and Military Educators’ (CCME) Institutional Award.
• Excelsior’s military academic advising team includes veterans who are uniquely attuned to the unique needs of military students, veterans and their spouses.
• CME Executive Director Susan Dewan is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Kennedy Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), which recognizes leadership in providing higher education programs to personnel at U.S. military installations.
• Excelsior President Ebersole is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award in 2010 for his leadership in contributing to the Army’s educational mission.