HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from USM
"Military Advanced Education" (MAE) has awarded the University of Southern Mississippi the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide is published in the December issue of MAE and available online at www.mae-kmi.com.
The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges.
From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE's 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.
"We are honored that 'Military Advanced Education', one of the foremost leaders in promoting student-veteran interests, has named The University of Southern Mississippi as one of our nation's top schools," said Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond, director of veteran and military student services at Southern Miss. "Such recognition reflects the quality of our great university in going the extra distance to care for, promote and enhance the higher education based professional future for the special young people who have earned the special title, military veteran."
This marks the University's second prestigious military designation of 2014. In September, Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned ratings entity whose work includes identifying organizations, including schools, which engage in practices supportive of active duty military, veterans and their families, designated Southern Miss a Military Friendly School.
Now in its eighth year of publishing the Guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services.
Each school's performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.
"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 Kelly Fodel, MAE's editor. "We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year."
Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access to MAE's 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of "Military Advanced Education."
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