Cameron University recognized as Military Friendly School ® for sixth consecutive year

logo for military friendly school designationCameron University has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the sixth consecutive year the university has received the distinction. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

“Cameron University remains committed to serving our nation’s service members and their spouses,” says President John McArthur. “It is gratifying to know that our actions continue to be recognized on a national level.”

The 2016 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The survey covered topics including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” says Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

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 in Oklahoma can attend Cameron University at the in-state tuition 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 1,300 courses at Fort Sill.
  • Cameron University participates 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 still have unmet need. Cameron has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in 2009.
  • 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 on post 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.  
  • 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 2011, 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.
  • Cameron was privileged to host the Second Military Experience & The Arts Symposium in May 2015. The four-day event provided veterans and active duty military members and their families with resources that encourage create expression as a way to understand and share their military experiences.

Active duty military interested in enrolling at Cameron can call 580-355-8211 for more information.

To learn more about the support and resources Cameron offers to veterans, visit www.cameron.edu/veteran_affairs or contact Vicki Henson at 580-581-2301 or vickih@cameron.edu.

Information about the George D. Keathley Department of Military Science and the U.S. Army ROTC program is available at www.cameron.edu/military, by calling 580-581-2340 or via email at military@cameron.edu.

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November 16, 2015

PR# 15-187