September

HPU again among nation’s top ‘Military Friendly Schools’

September 19, 2012

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University has been named again as one of the nation’s most military friendly campuses in a listing published on the G.I. Jobs website by Victory Media, a media outlet focused on helping military personnel transition into civilian life.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Hawai‘i Pacific University’scommitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Collins.

“The need to provide quality, flexible, integrated education programs to the mobile military family has been evident to me from serving 26 years in the Navy,” said HPU Associate Vice President Robert Cyboron, who oversees military and off-campus programs. “After serving, I realized it is my duty to serve those who currently serve our country.”

This is but the latest recognition for HPU in this area. In 2010, HPU received the prestigious Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators in recognition of its significant contributions to military education. For five years running, HPU has been selected as a military-friendly university by Military Advanced Education magazine, placing in the top 10 percent for quality academic programs and support for veterans. HPU is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a partnership between the university and the Department of Veteran Affairs, to supplement the tuition benefit of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Now in its fourth year, the Military Friendly Schools list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served, according to Victory Media.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, anchored by a playoff between The Ohio State University and Marquette University on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools.

For more information about HPU’s Military Campus Programs, visit www.hpu.edu/military or call (808) 544-0206.