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UW-Superior named Military Friendly School

Posted on Aug 18, 2010
G.I. Jobs magazine has named UW-Superior a 'military friendly' university, ranking it among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide for services to veterans.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine in recognition of the university's efforts to assist military veterans and their family members in completing a college education.

According to G.I. Jobs, the ranking places UW-Superior in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide in services offered to veterans.

"It's a privilege for us to be recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for veterans," said UW-Superior Admissions Director Tonya Roth. "We really hope to do more outreach work to bring in more veterans because we value their presence and what they have to give to the UW-Superior community."

G.I. Jobs is a private organization that surveys 7,000 schools nationwide about the services they provide to veterans and makes that information available through its magazine and website. Methodology for compiling the research was developed with assistance of an advisory board made up of educators from across the country.

To be named a Military Friendly School, a university is evaluated on such areas as flexibility in class scheduling and requirements, transferring academic credits, providing support for veterans, and academic accreditation.

 UW-Superior provides a veterans benefits coordinator to help veterans understand their government education benefits and to arrange payment for their tuition and fees. The university also tries to maximize the number of military training and education credits that veterans can transfer to UW-Superior to apply toward their university degrees.

Roth said changes also have been made to assist veterans who begin their education and then are interrupted by a return to active duty.

"Our faculty members really understand that sometimes veterans may get called up, so we've adjusted our policies to accommodate student veterans who may have to return to active duty," she said.

UW-Superior currently has enrolled about 150 military veterans and 50 family members of veterans. Roth said she believes they feel comfortable on campus because the university has many students of non-traditional age attending classes.

Tammy Fanning, assistant to the dean of students, said UW-Superior's size and its tradition of providing personal service also appeals to many veterans.

"We make every effort to assist them as they transition from the military to campus," she said. "Being able to individualize our services is why we're so successful."

Bill Cradick, a sophomore from Waconia, Minn., and a Marine Corps veteran, experienced that service when his education benefits from the Veterans Administration were slow in arriving. "The (university) said that they would not make me pay any fees until I was given the money by the VA," he said.

Fanning, who also is advisor to the campus Vets Club, said the university has brought in speakers from the Veterans Administration and the Douglas County Veterans Services Office to help keep veterans informed of benefits and services available to them.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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