Cameron University has been recognized by Military Times EDGE magazine as one of the publication’s 101 Best for Vets Colleges. Military Times EDGE surveyed more than 4,000 colleges and universities on programs, policies and resources for veterans. Cameron ranks 46th on the list and is the only regional university in Oklahoma to be included.
“Veterans and their families have always been an important component of Cameron University’s student body,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “Cameron recognizes the sacrifices made by veterans on behalf of our country, and we have programs in place to ensure that military veterans have all the resources necessary to earn a high quality yet affordable college degree. It is gratifying to know that our efforts have been recognized with this prestigious ranking.”
The rankings were based on four categories. Financial assistance programs were assessed using scholarships, discounts and waivers specifically for veterans, including the Yellow Ribbon program and relaxed residency restrictions for in-state tuition, as well as measures taken to protect veterans in the case of late-arriving benefits. The component of academic flexibility was assessed based on participation in the Servicemembers’ Opportunity Colleges consortium and Degree Network Systems, acceptance of military learning and subject tests, like the College Level Examination Program, for academic credit; and school policies on military-related withdrawals.
Campus culture was also taken into account. This area includes general receptivity to veterans, including percentage of vets in the student body and faculty, ROTC programs, Veterans Day observance, local student veteran organizations and training for faculty and staff in veterans issues.
The final consideration was support services; that is, the number and kind of staff designated to work with veterans, including the number of students receiving work-study allowances from the Veterans Affairs Department. This also includes efforts to reach out to veterans, acclimate them to campus and create a veterans’ community, including mentorship programs, special orientation sessions, service projects and academic support.
Published 10 times per year as a supplement to Military Times newsweeklies, EDGE reaches military personnel around the world and provides authoritative career and lifestyle guidance. EDGE is published by Army Times Publishing Company (ATP Co), a subsidiary of Gannett Co/USA Today.
Veterans interested in learning more about Cameron University can contact Vicki Henson, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs at 581-2301. Information can also be found at www.cameron.edu/veteran_affairs.
October 26, 2010