CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Makes Military Friendly Schools Lists for 2nd Year

Date: 12-15-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Larry Langwell, coordinator
Office of Veterans Affairs

California State University, Chico is on two lists of military friendly schools for the second year in a row. Both “G.I. Jobs” and the Military Advanced Education’s (MAE) 2012 “Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities Honorees” include CSU, Chico in their lists. The “G.I. Jobs” list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Both lists help veterans find the colleges that are the best fit for them.

Schools on the lists range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools (“G.I. Jobs”). The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Chico State was one of only a few schools rated by its student population for the ‘G.I. Jobs’ designation, and our students rated the veteran services with a 4.9 out of a possible 5 points,” said Larry Langwell, coordinator, Office of Veterans’ Affairs. “Chico has responded wholeheartedly to the 2005 Troops to College initiative with greatly enhanced services for veterans. The two-year-old Student Veterans Center provides a gathering place for veterans on campus and contributes to a close-knit veterans’ community.”

The tens of billions of dollars in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms. “This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, “G.I. Jobs” publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

Langwell outlined the services created by the Office of Veterans’ Affairs at CSU, Chico in response to the Troops to College initiative. The following enhanced services address the needs of returning Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans:

  • VEST (Veteran Education Support Team), comprising 12 student service professionals on campus, collaborates with several veteran service agencies in the community.
  • A CSU, Chico Student Veteran Organization offers veterans the opportunity to be part of a student group that addresses their needs.
  • The Student Veteran Center, opened in 2010, provides a visible and safe environment where veterans can gather.
  • Veterans are able to receive academic credit for military experience as recommended by the American Council on Education.
  • A special dispensation from admissions closures and priority registration are provided for veterans.
  • Official policy and procedures have been created for students called to active military duty.

The “G.I. Jobs” military-friendly list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April, during which “G.I. Jobs” polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators and professionals in veterans affairs agencies.

A full story and detailed list of military friendly schools was highlighted in the “G.I. Jobs” annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” that was distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in late September. The newly redesigned website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features interactive tools and search functions to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs.

“G.I. Jobs” (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that also publishes “The Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” “Military Spouse” and “Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”
MAE lists CSU, Chico in its December 2011 issue (Volume 6, Issue 10), which is its fifth annual guide. MAE is a journal for higher learning for people currently and recently serving in the military. It is published by KMI Media Group, an independent publisher of information for the military.