HPU names 'Best for Vets' in Military Times colleges ranking
HONOLULU — Military Times named Hawai‘i Pacific University a “Best for Vets” college for 2014. The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.
“We see our programs for those who serve and have served as an integral part of our mission of educating the most diverse student body in the United States,” said HPU Provost Matthew Liao-Troth. “It is a great honor that HPU is recognized by the Military Times as the best school in Hawai‘i for active duty military and for veterans.”
The full rankings are available online and in print. HPU was among the best 4-year institutions for veterans and was the only Hawai‘i-based institution on the list.
“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.
Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
HPU has received numerous national honors for its service to military students, including the prestigious Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators and the “military-friendly university” designation by Military Advanced Education magazine. Recently, Victory Media named HPU a Military Friendly School, the only university in Hawai‘i it recognized. HPU continues to be 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. HPU also offers an on-campus Department of Veterans Affairs counselor.
HPU # 19 'Best for Vets' in U.S News colleges ranking or Regional Universities (West)
HONOLULU — U.S. News names Hawai‘i Pacific University #19 in their 2014 ranking of “Best for Vets” college in the west regional universities.
These are the top-ranked schools in the Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.
The full rankings are available online and in print.
HPU is named Hawai‘i’s ‘Military Friendly’ University
September 16, 2013HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University is once again the state’s only university to appear on the Military Friendly Schools® list, the annual recognition of America’s leading campuses in providing educational service to military service members, veterans and spouses.
While other branch campuses and “virtual” schools serving Hawai’i are on the list, along with Honolulu, Kapiolani, Leeward and Maui community colleges, HPU remains the only local university recognized among 1,868 other schools nationwide. Victory Media, which published the list, recognizes HPU and the other included schools as exhibiting “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,” reads a company statement the accompanied the list.
“HPU’s long-standing commitment to serving military service personnel, veterans and their families is an important part of the university’s history and culture, and we’re honored to be included in this listing once again as evidence of that,” said HPU Military Campus Programs Interim Dean Justin Vance. “We have a strong population of military students this year, and we look forward to helping them succeed in their academic programs.”
HPU has received numerous national honors for its service to military students, including the prestigious Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators and the “military-friendly university” designation by Military Advanced Education magazine. It continues to be 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.
Like many colleges and universities with significant military student populations, HPU saw a dip in military enrollment when the federal budget sequester earlier this year resulted in funding being temporarily suspended for the military Tuition Assistance Program. Federal lawmakers subsequently appropriated funds to restore the program, and military enrollment at HPU has rebounded strongly.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Hawaii Pacific University commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.
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