BC Named Military Friendly School
Bluefield College has been selected as a top military friendly school by Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T).

BC Named Military Friendly School

By Chris Shoemaker | June 1, 2016 | RSS


Designed for service members and the commanders and officers who influence the educational decisions of military personnel, MAE&T is the leading journal of higher learning for the nation’s service members and veterans making the transition from military to the civilian sector. The MAE&T’s Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities is a list featured annually in the magazine that measures best practices in military and veteran education in order to provide America’s men and women in uniform with the information they need to make the right choices about college.


“Our Guide is the most comprehensive research tool yet for service members, education services officers, and transition officers,” said Kelly Fodel, editor of MAE&T. “A record number of schools responded to our extensive survey, and the MAE&T staff evaluated each submission by our strict criteria. As the first publication to publish a list evaluating best practices in military education, MAE&T has been improving the process every year in order to provide our men and women in uniform information that will help them make the right choices about college.”


More than 600 schools -- from community and private colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning -- were evaluated for the distinguished list based on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support, and online support services. Bluefield College was among the elite schools deemed a top military friendly school and listed in the MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities in print and online at www.mae-kmi.com.


“We are pleased to be recognized as a military friendly college,” said BC’s Trent Argo, vice president for enrollment management. “Bluefield College has always strived to provide exceptional service to our men and women of the armed forces. It is important for us to give back to those who give their all for our country. As a veteran, it gives me great pride to be able to provide educational opportunities to our armed service personnel.”


Now in its ninth year of publication, the MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities “arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform,” said Fodel. With input from an advisory board of educational and government experts, and criteria based on recommendations from the Veterans Affairs and military services, the Guide, she said, “provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs.”


“Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active service members and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future,” said Fodel. “We think this year’s Guide is our most comprehensive to date, thanks to our newly established advisory board. The board evaluated the drafts of the questionnaire, made pages of notes and suggestions and helped to redefine questions for clarity. We thank them for their thoughtful edits and additions to our process.”


The 2016 Guide, both in print and online, provides the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information, and important support information. It also gives detailed descriptions and program information from each institution to provide a comparison of military friendly schools for service members to find the best match for their needs


“While we realize that all schools are unique, we focus our annual survey on the best practices that make a true difference to service members and student veterans,” said Fodel. “These best practices have been asserted by various higher education groups and reinforced by veteran groups, and we consider our survey to be the most detailed and informative in the industry.”


Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access and to see all the scores that make Bluefield College a top military friendly school. Go to www.bluefield.edu to learn more about Bluefield College.




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