It ranks among top universities nationwide for its efforts
After working hard to develop programs supporting military veterans, the University of Colorado Denver won the title of Military Friendly School on Monday, putting it among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to earn the designation.
“Clearly you have an interest in recruiting military students and I urge you to continue your already stellar efforts by improving your military friendliness every year,” said Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I Jobs Magazine, in a letter to the university. “On behalf of the eight million military members and veterans seeking a school, I thank you for your commitment to educating our nation’s most deserving heroes.”
G.I. Jobs, (www.gijobs.com) which posts jobs for veterans, released the names of the selected schools Monday.
CU Denver, home to nearly 500 student veterans, is among 23 Colorado higher education institutions to win the honor which singles out those who attract and retain veterans, offer tuition incentives, give credit for veteran service and offer a flexible learning environment.
The designation was applauded by university officials who say they have made great inroads into the veteran community whose members often come to college with a high degree of maturity, life experience and a strong sense of responsibility.
Cameron Cook, manager of the Office of Veteran Student Services at CU Denver, said his main goals are outreach, building community, retaining veterans and seeing them graduate.
“Every day we look forward to serving the veteran students to the absolute best of our ability and I believe being recognized as a Military Friendly School makes that experience even more rewarding,” he said.
His office provides employment help to veterans, transition and redeployment assistance, counseling referrals, help with insurance issues and educational benefit certification.
Cook hopes to visit military bases, VA hospitals and veterans organizations this year as part of his continuing recruitment.
G.I. Jobs polled over 7,000 schools nationwide to asses their outreach to veterans. Ultimately, 1,000 were put in the top tier of that poll, including CU Denver. The list did not rank the top colleges numerically.
Derek Blumke, president of the Student Veterans of America, called the list “the gold standard” for allowing veterans find the best educational opportunities.
According to G.I. Jobs, colleges and universities benefit in many ways when they court veterans, including financially. The passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year, which offers financial help to veterans seeking higher education, means there are billions of dollars available for tuition.
Frank Sanchez, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor of student affairs at CU Denver, said he was “extremely proud” to make the list.
“In 2008, CU Denver students and administrators recognized a significant gap in services for our veteran students,” he said. “As a result, we established a new veteran student services office designed to support enrolled veterans while developing university policies and services to assist with their transition. Three short years later, while more work needs to be done, we are delighted to be recognized with the Military Friendly School designation.”
G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools (www.militaryfriendlyschools.com).