Park University has once again received a top ranking for the services and support offered to active duty military, veterans and their families for 2014.
Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community and its associated newsweeklies, Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, has released its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” list. Park was ranked No. 5 among all private colleges/universities in the country and No. 8 overall in the “online and nontraditional” category (schools that serve military students primarily online or through a network of small campuses).
Stephen Terry, director of military and veteran student services, said the University is proud of the tremendous honor to be selected as a top “Best for Vets” school two years in a row. “The extraordinary services that the University provides at its Parkville Campus and campus centers across the country are unmatched,” Terry said. “Park truly does serve as a role model in the military community for other institutions to look to for outstanding support programs, high quality academic degree options and student services.”
The publication gave Park “3.5 stars” (out of four) for its extracurricular activities and “3 stars” for staff support. The high marks for extracurricular activities were related to the number and activity level of student veteran groups and financial support in addition to initiatives to support military spouses and families. The recognition also factors in non-academic school events, such as service projects and Veterans Day programs. The staff support distinction rates the number of staff members dedicated to veterans issues, the amount of time they spend on veterans and the frequency and scope of military related training for instructors and administrators.
Park students were surveyed based on university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid. Along with tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities, Park offers unique resources for its service members and veteran student population, including the Park Warrior Center. The PWC helps students on such topics as education, employment, finances, relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and transition. In addition to the PWC, Park offers a Success for Veterans Program that provides a smooth and comprehensive transition for veteran students as well as education opportunities for students in the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., that provides an impressive variety of master’s degree programs and emphases for officers.
View the rankings at http://militarytimes.com/jobs/best-for-vets/2014/colleges/online-nontraditional. For more information about Park University’s military/veterans services and programs, visit www.park.edu/military.