by Geoff Larcom, Published August 24, 2010
Eastern Michigan University has been named one of the country's top "military friendly" schools by GI Jobs magazine for 2011. 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/search/results.aspx
"We are profoundly grateful to the men and women who serve our country, and want to provide them with as helpful and welcoming an environment as possible," said Bernice Lindke, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at EMU.
Last year, Eastern opened a new office of Veterans Services, located in McKenny Hall. Shaftone Dunklin, director of EMU's Veterans Services, notes that Eastern's veterans' office is centrally located, and that the University has a full-time person devoted to serving veterans. "We also have comprehensive services and favorable policies toward turning military experience into college credits," Dunklin said.
EMU, which made the list for the second consecutive year, currently certifies approximately 400 students for GI Bill benefits, according to Dunklin. The GI Bill covers nearly all education costs for eligible veterans.
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 Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.
The post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of active duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
The list was compiled by polling 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.