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Victory Media Ranks UCM No. 1 in Class as Military Spouse Friendly® School

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 16, 2017) – Nearly three months after earning a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award, the University of Central Missouri has received a second designation from the organization many military members and their families turn to when considering choices for a higher education. Victory Media, publisher of Military Spouse magazine and digital media, ranks UCM No. 1 among 2017 Military Spouse Friendly® Schools for public universities with more than 10,000 students.

UCM is included on a list that features 100 institutions across 10 categories. They demonstrate the growing success among all sizes and types of post-secondary schools for tapping into the talented group of men and women who are military spouses. The complete list is available at militaryfriendly.com/2017-military-friendly-spouse-schools, and will be featured in the April issue of Military Spouse Magazine.

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“We’re honored to have so many active duty military members, reservists, and veterans enrolled at UCM, but we also realize their success is often dependent on the sacrifices their spouses and other family members at home make while these men and women are serving this country,” said UCM President Charles Ambrose. “We believe being Military Friendly also means meeting the educational needs of the often unsung heroes who stay behind in times such as deployment to raise families and provide other types of support for those in uniform.”   

According to Victory Media, this annual companion list to Military Friendly® Schools recognizes those higher education institutions that actively recruit and support spouses of active duty service members while acknowledging and supporting military spouse students through the unique challenges of military life.

“Military spouses are expert problem-solvers. They thrive under pressure, and are highly educated and mobile,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer at Victory Media’s Military Friendly® division. “Colleges and companies recognize these attributes and want to bring them on board. And, companies that employee both veterans and their spouses see even stronger retention and employee loyalty. Who better to train military spouses for successful careers than a Military Spouse Friendly® School?”

To be considered for Military Spouse Friendly® Schools recognition, colleges and universities were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey.  Questions to determine Military Spouse Friendly® Schools helped evaluate institutions’ admissions, retention, career counseling and mentoring programs, according to how well they serve veterans, and whether or not colleges and universities address concerns of military spouses and their families. This includes flexible learning options and degree continuation to accommodate deployments and relocation. Survey methodology, criteria and weightings were created with assistance from an advisory council of educators and employers.

 In announcing its list of Military Spouse Friendly® Schools, Victory Media provides a description about various institutional attributes that contribute to the Military Friendly designation. Included among UCM’s many features are in-state tuition for all active duty and military veterans and a Military Tuition Package for those students utilizing federal military educational benefits. Staff in UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services provide exemplary service to active duty service members, veterans and dependents, while the university also offers a 1,500-square-foot Military and Veterans Success Center (MVSC) that provides individual and group study areas, computer lab with CAC readers and printing and fax services. Additionally, UCM has a military transcript specialist who ensures service members, veterans and transfer students receive the maximum credits toward their degree program in accordance with American Council on Education and university guidelines.

Additionally, the university offers a Command Pass that allows military members to attend home sporting events free of charge, and cooperates with Whiteman Air Force Base to provide courses and other types of programs that meet the needs of military members and their families.

UCM  in November 2016 received a No. 3 ranking among large public universities and a 2017 Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award, recognized as an “exceptional example of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.”

To learn more about opportunities available at UCM in support of active duty service members, veterans, and their families visit ucmo.edu/vets.