Central Michigan University’s Global Campus has been named to Victory Media’s 2014 ‘Military Friendly Schools’ list.
The list is comprised of colleges and universities in the country that are actively working to help students involved in the military succeed in their academic careers.
“Being named to the list is a great honor,” CMU’s Global Campus Military Manager Mike Nunnally said. “It’s a continued recognition of the contributions that CMU has made to the military and will continue to make.”
CMU’s Global Campus, which has 23 locations across the country, has been involved in military education for more than four years, Nunnally said. Global Campus works with military students in various ways to help them excel on campus and to help them adjust to civilian life after their military service. This includes both students on active duty, those on reserve and veterans who have served in the past.
There are currently more than 155 flag or general officers with CMU graduate degrees serving in the military. That number ranks CMU among many military academies in the country.
Along with providing education in military sciences, the university also aids military students in others ways, including helping them with registration and certificates of eligibility for their GI Bills.
National Guard ROTC Liaison Shawn Fries said instructors at CMU are often flexible about scheduling for students who are working to complete their basic training for military service. The training lasts through most of the summer, but in some cases, students need to continue for several weeks during the school year.
“They’re good at working with student’s training schedules,” Fries said. “They are very understanding, and we’ve never had a problem with it.”
Military service veterans who are having trouble or who need general consultation can contact a number of organizations on campus such as The Veterans Resource Center and Peer Advisors for Veteran Education. Veterans can also join Student Veterans of America, an RSO that provides support for veterans as they transition from service to civilian life.
“We have a top-down mentality of unwavering support for these veterans,” Veteran Resource Center Director Steve Rellinger said. “Senior officers all the way to frontline staff, they all need the kinds of things we’re doing.”
The Veterans Resource Center also has a training program for faculty and staff members at the university to give them a better understanding of what veterans and military students go through in service. They host outreach activities through the semester, including a screening of the documentary “The Welcome” and discussion panels.
Victory Media surveyed more than 10,000 colleges throughout the country to determine those going the extra distance to aid military students. The list is includes the top 20 percent of these colleges.