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BC NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL (2015)

by | Mar 20, 2015

Bluefield College has been selected as a top military friendly school by Military Advanced Education (MAE).

Designed for service members and the commanders and officers who influence the educational decisions of military personnel, MAE is the leading journal of higher learning for the nation’s armed forces. It’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.

“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.”

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, according to KMI Media Group, publisher of Military Advanced Education. As one of those chosen as a top military friendly school, Bluefield College was recognized in MAE’s 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities.

Using easy-to-read graphic illustrations, the MAE 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities presents results of a questionnaire that evaluates colleges on their military-supportive policies, military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services. The Guide also uses detailed descriptions and program information to provide a comparison of military friendly schools to allow service members to find the best match for their needs

“Our goal in designing the survey was to take into consideration the military friendly characteristics most relevant to service members,” said Kelly Fodel, editor of MAE, the first magazine to publish a list of military friendly schools. “We’re excited about the new Guide, and we think our readers will be, too.”

Among the characteristics considered most important to service members regarding higher education, Fodel said, are military culture, financial aid, flexibility, online support, and on-campus support. Bluefield College scored significantly high in military culture and also scored well in flexibility.

“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities,” said Fodel. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

Now in its eighth year of publication, the Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities was not only printed in the December 2014 issue of Military Advanced Education, but also published online in a searchable database. Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access and to see all the scores that make Bluefield College a top military friendly school.

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