Military Times has named Excelsior College a “Best for Vets” College for the fifth consecutive year. The survey-based ranking measures institutions on a host of veterans-related metrics, including services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives. Schools are also required to provide a description of veteran culture on campus.
“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets, in the official announcement. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”
Among the more than 38,000 currently enrolled students at Excelsior, nearly 16,000 count themselves as active-duty or of veteran status. And of the more than 4,693 Excelsior graduates in the 2013-2014 academic year, 34 percent were members of the U.S. military.
Excelsior also has a number of strategic partnerships with military and veterans organizations, including the Department of New York, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, South Carolina, and Vermont state VFWs that offer reduced tuition and fees for veterans and their spouse/domestic partner. The school’s Lt. Col. Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center offers a wide-range of financial, educational, advisement and mental health resources to students and alumni. And in September, Excelsior announced a Federal Grant to assist veterans with earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Over the years, Excelsior has been repeatedly recognized as military and veteran-friendly institution.
- Excelsior’s course, “Success Strategies for Military and Veterans” earned the 2010-2011 Innovation Award from the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS). The course provides college and career orientation to veterans and military members and teaches transition strategies for those entering the civilian workforce after a military career.
- Excelsior is a recipient of the Council of College and Military Educators’ (CCME) Institutional Award.
- Excelsior’s military academic advising team includes veterans who are uniquely attuned to the unique needs of military students, veterans and their spouses.
- CME Executive Director Susan Dewan is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Kennedy Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), which recognizes leadership in providing higher education programs to personnel at U.S. military installations.
- Excelsior President Ebersole is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award in 2010 for his leadership in contributing to the Army’s educational mission.