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UCM a Top School in ‘2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities’

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 10, 2014) – Signifying its commitment to best practices in military and veteran education, the University of Central Missouri has been designated a Top School in the 2015 “Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges and Universities.” The Guide will be published in the December issue of MAE, and is available online at

Information provided in the Guide was made possible via a questionnaire related to military-supportive policies initiated at more than 600 private, public, for-profit, non-for-profit, four-year and two-year institutions of higher education.  The “MAE Guide to College & Universities” provides students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women who serve their country.

With the Guide’s creation eight years ago, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions listed in the Guide were evaluated on their military, culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. An easy-to-recognize dashboard shows each school’s performance rating by category, enabling students to quickly target institutions that follow best practices in military education. They can use this information to help them make academic or career decisions.

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

She said the Guide also is printed in the December issue of “Military Advanced Education,” and is published in a searchable database online that is designed with the military student in mind.

“We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information,” Fodel said.

Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer at UCM, stressed the importance of the MAE designation, noting, “This recognition that UCM follows best practice in military education is an affirmation of our institutional commitment to our military and veteran students.  We are honored to provide a user-friendly environment for these students, and we look forward to facilitating their successful degree completion for many years to come.”

UCM’s commitment to active duty military members and veterans includes opportunities such as a Military Tuition Package, which lowers the cost of a college education; the Military and Veterans Success Center, featuring computer stations, study groups, and staff dedicated to assisting men and women who serve their country with their education; the Student Veterans Organization, and more. Additional information can be found at