CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Makes Three Military Friendly Schools Lists for Three Years Running

Date: 12-13-2012

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

In addition to Victory Media’s announcement in September that California State University, Chico had been named to the 2013 edition of their Military Friendly Schools list, two publications have announced that they, also, have included CSU, Chico on such lists. Both Military Times EDGE and Military Advanced Education (MAE) have added CSU, Chico: Military Times EDGE to their Best for Vets list, and Military Advanced Education to their 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities Honorees. The lists honor the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Each school is ranked according to specific factors including military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students, academic credit for military service, flexibility for military students, veteran graduation rates, government approvals, student tuition assistance, employment rates and military spouse policies.

“The good news for us is that we are being recognized for a third consecutive year by three independent sources as a top school for military service members, veterans and their families,” said Larry Langwell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs.

“This recognition is based upon the many services and policies that we have to engage and encourage our student veteran population,” said Langwell. “We like to think that we are more than ‘vet-friendly’ or ‘military friendly.’ We actually promote success in our approach by providing assistance from pre-admission through the obstacles of the college environment and into careers.”

“This is a distinction we value greatly and wear proudly,” said President Paul Zingg, CSU, Chico. “And to achieve it three years running from three different sources is very gratifying. Our veterans deserve our gratitude and our support, and the story behind the story of this designation is that Chico State delivers on their behalf.”

Langwell outlined the services developed in response to the Troops to College initiative created in 2005. 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 (SVO) 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.

In addition to these services, the Office of Veteran’s Affairs sponsors a Veteran Welcome Reception, which is one of the multicultural welcome receptions, each fall. In addition to this fall’s reception in September, the University held an event on Nov. 10, called Honoring Our Veterans, for veterans on campus, alumni veterans and community members. The event was part of the University’s 125th celebration.

Military Times EDGE rankings are based on the 2013 Best for Vets: Colleges survey completed by a record 650 schools. The websites of the Military Times Network provide members of the U.S. Military and their families with independent, award-winning journalism that impacts their lives.

MAE lists CSU, Chico in its December 2012 issue (Volume 7, Issue 10), which is its sixth 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.


Updated 1/2/13 to include additional information on the MAE ranking.