by Geoff Larcom, Published November 09, 2011
Eastern Michigan University has been named one of the country's top "military friendly" schools by GI Jobs magazine for 2012. The magazine's list recognizes the 15 percent of universities and colleges that best serve veterans nationwide. The full list is at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfsList.aspx
"Our student veterans have earned our thanks and gratitude for serving our country," said Bernice Lindke, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at EMU. "I am glad that Eastern Michigan University is able to recognize their service by providing them with a welcoming and supportive environment."
Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, financial commitment to veterans and academic accreditation.
In 2009, Eastern opened a new office of Veterans Services, located in 246 McKenny Hall. The office is centrally located, with a staff devoted to providing veterans with comprehensive services and favorable policies that turn military experience into college credits, says Monique Coleman, EMU's director of Veteran Services.
EMU, which made the list for the third consecutive year, currently certifies approximately 475 students for GI Bill benefits. 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 2012 list are The University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College.
For information on Eastern's Veterans Services Office, visit the link at http://www.emich.edu/veterans/index.html. The office plans a special schedule of events for Veteran's Day on Friday, Nov. 11.