Tulsa, OK (Vocus) August 17, 2010
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) has been approved to be on the list of Military-Friendly Schools. Yesterday G.I. Jobs 2011’s list of Military Friendly Schools (see http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list), released the list of the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.
Colleges have long coveted veterans in the classroom. Military students bring a high degree of maturity, life experiences, diversity, leadership and real world experience to the classroom. Other students and faculty benefit from the different perspectives that service members and veterans bring.
Kent Claggett, Assistant V.P. for Adult and Graduate Studies, Director of Marketing at OKWU, wants to get the word out to those who qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon benefits, “it is our desire to pursue Active-Duty service members and thank them for their service by serving their needs in the college classroom.”
Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”
“We were confident that we would make the list. Much time and resources were used to qualify for the 2011 list of Military-Friendly Schools and we are very pleased to have made the list,” said Dr. Paulita Brooker, Vice President of Adult & Graduate Studies, OKWU.
“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Academically qualified veterans can now enroll in any school. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list can serve as that trusted friend.”
Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a four-year, Christian university of the liberal arts and sciences that is fully accredited by the North Central Association. OKWU also receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). It is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.