by Ward Mullens, Published August 21, 2009
YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University Eastern Michigan University has been named one of the country's top "military friendly" schools by “GI Jobs” magazine for 2010.
The magazine’s list recognizes the 15 percent of schools that best serve veterans nationwide. The full list is available at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/pr09.aspx
“We are so grateful to the men and women who serve our country and we want to provide every opportunity for them to get a quality education,” said Bernice Lindke, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at EMU.
“We have a central location for veterans and a full-time person dedicated to serving them,” said Shaftone Dunklin, director of EMU’s Veterans Services. “We also have comprehensive services and favorable policies toward turning military experience into college credits.”
EMU currently certifies approximately 300 students for GI Bill benefits, according to Dunklin.
According to the magazine, approximately 400,000 troops leave the military each year and are eligible for GI Bill benefits upon separation from the military.
Also included on the list are Ferris State University, Western Michigan University, Michigan Technical University and Grand Valley State University.
The list comes as veterans enroll using the post 9/11 GI Bill enacted Aug. 1. The bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
The list was compiled by polling more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory committee consisting of educators and administrators from several different schools.
Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.