UCCS awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

PrintGI Jobs magazine and its publisher Victory Media named the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to its 2014 list of Military Schools, an honor given to the top 20 percent of 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.

This is the fifth year UCCS was named by the magazine to its Military Friendly Schools list.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the UCCS commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” Sean Collins, vice president, Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran, said. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Department of Veterans Administration tuition funding. The survey results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

Phillip Morris, director, Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, welcomed the ranking and encouraged veterans as well as active duty service members and families to seek help in determining educational benefits for which they are eligible.

“Advancing education is vitally important for military service members and veterans transitioning into the civilian world,” Morris, an Army veteran, said. “We are committed to helping service members, veterans and their families reach their education goals, and be competitive graduates from UCCS programs.”

The UCCS Office of Veteran and Military Affairs can be reached at 255-3253 and is located at the Forster House on the east side of main campus.

The Military Friendly Schools media and website,found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual ”Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. It’s data-driven Military Friendly lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in national periodicals and cited on national television.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. An estimated 1,300 military veterans, active military, and family members are enrolled. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.