UIW Selected as Military Friendly University

San Antonio – Military Advanced Education (MAE) announces the inclusion of the University of the Incarnate Word in its 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, released December 21, 2012 and is available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s institutions for inclusion in the Guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name but a few.

“The Guide has become an invaluable tool for both education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) when advising service members and their families about degree and certification opportunities currently available from institutions of higher learning,” said Laural Hobbes, MAE’s editor.

“Inclusion in this year’s Guide is especially significant,” said Kirk Brown, publisher. “Our ongoing collaboration with ESOs and TOs over the years revealed the need for an evaluation tool that addressed an institution’s military-friendly policies in greater breadth and depth. First, we expanded the scope of the questionnaire. Next, in the Guide, we’ve displayed the survey results for each school in an easy-to-use dashboard. By doing so, we’re enabling prospective students to quickly hone in on schools which are strongest in the military-friendly policies that are most important to them, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.”
“Another change for this year’s Guide is the inclusion of the results for all the schools that responded to our questionnaire,” Hobbes added. “We believe that having as much data as possible will help prospective students make a well-informed decision about which school best suits their needs. In light of this, we removed the word “Top” from the Guide’s name to reflect that it is ultimately up to the student to decide which school is the best fit. Although we are not ranking schools in the Guide, we have recognized the schools that exhibited strong military-friendly policies with an MAE top military-friendly logo to use in their promotional materials.”

“We are very excited that the University of the Incarnate Word has been recognized by Military Times for our work with military service members. It is the least we can do for all that they do for us,” said Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, Vice President Extended Academic Programs.

Contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001 (mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu)

About Military Advanced Education and KMI Media Group, Inc.
Military Advanced Education (www.mae-kmi.com) serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the servicemembers they counsel. Published 10 times yearly, MAE’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights; servicemember, school and program profiles; and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc. (www.kmimediagroup.com) is the leading independent publisher of targeted information about military requirements, technologies and operations. Serving as a unique forum for senior military and Department of Defense leadership, KMI focuses on distinct and essential communities within the defense market.

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