Cameron University has been selected for inclusion in Military Advanced Education’s (MAE) “Fifth Annual Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities” for the second year in a row. The publication provides potential students with information about schools that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform.
“Cameron takes great pride in meeting the needs of the military community,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “We are privileged to serve those who serve our country by providing outstanding educational opportunities to service members and their families.”
Among the attributes considered in evaluating schools for inclusion in the guide are the number of American Council on Education (ACE) credits the school will accept, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of servicemembers, and the sophistication and effectiveness of its distance learning programs.
Cameron’s commitment to active duty military, veterans and dependents is multi-faceted. Below are some examples of ways CU provides support.
- Military and military dependents attend Cameron University at the in-state rate.
- For more than 20 years, Cameron has had an office on post at Fort Sill providing admissions and enrollment services.
- Cameron has offered regularly scheduled courses on post since 1983 and over that period has provided more than 1300 courses at Fort Sill.
- Cameron is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). Through SOC, service members and their family members can start, continue, or complete Cameron University degrees while attending other consortium member schools.
- Cameron provides computers for computer labs in the Harry S. Truman Education Center at Fort Sill. These computers are available to all students at the center regardless whether they are a Cameron student. Cameron also maintains these computers, keeping them on a four-year replacement schedule to ensure that the computers are state-of-the-art and in good working condition.
- In addition to degree programs and general education course offerings, Cameron has continuously been responsive to unique educational requests from Fort Sill. Examples include providing language and cultural awareness training for units deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq and computer science courses for security systems and encryption.
- In the summer of 2009, Cameron launched the “Freedom to Learn” initiative, which provides laptop computers to any active-duty military student enrolled in at least six hours of online course work. Computers have been shipped to soldiers in Iraq, New York, Louisiana, and other locations around the world. Students who graduate from Cameron while participating in the program may keep the computer free of charge.
- Cameron University is a participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program. This program provides additional assistance to veterans who are eligible to receive 100 percent benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and who have unmet needs.
- Cameron participates in and actively promotes the Military Spouse Career Advancement Portal and Financial Assistance Program by working closely with spouses of active duty military personnel to help them take advantage of this financial benefit.
- Cameron’s George D. Keathley Department of Military Science is home to the Comanche Battalion, one of the top Army ROTC programs in the nation. The Comanche Battalion has been recognized on multiple occasions with the MacArthur Award, signifying Best in Brigade. In 2010, the Comanche Battalion was named as one of the top three Army ROTC squads in the country by the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA). Almost 800 officers have been commissioned through the program.
- Cameron recognizes the recreational and cultural needs of military families. CU welcomes military families by offering a variety of free and reduced admission activities; examples include athletic events, concerts, theatrical events and lectures.
Military Advanced Education is the only magazine produced expressly for active duty/reserve servicemembers, members of the National Guard, and veterans who are seeking to take advantage of the Department of Defense’s education benefits.
December 21, 2011