HPU Named a ‘Top School’ in Military Advanced Education Guide
HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University was recently awarded the designation of a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities. The guide measures best practices in military and veteran education and was released in the December issue of MAE. This is the seventh year running that MAE has honored HPU with the distinction.
“Our faculty and staff have a passion for helping military and veteran students achieve their goals,” said HPU Military Campus Programs Interim Dean Justin W. Vance, Ed.D. “Our reward is their graduation and success as alumni. This is why we are No. 1 in Hawai‘i and recognized year after year by Military Advanced Education and other ranking organizations as a top tier program nationally.”
MAE’s Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. The guide is online at www.mae-kmi.com.
“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”
The MAE “Top School” designation is the latest recognition for HPU’s longtime outreach to the military. In November, the university was ranked 33rd in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 list, and was the only Hawai‘i-based school included. In September, HPU was named a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
HPU ranks as a 'Best for Vets' college
HONOLULU — Hawai’i Pacific University has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings. HPU ranks at number 33 and is the only Hawai’i-based school on the list.
"We are proud to serve those who serve our country. This recognition really reflects on the academic success of our military students,” 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.”
In its fifth year, the rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. See the list at http://projects.militarytimes.com/jobs/best-for-vets/2015/colleges/4-year/
According to the Military Times, the survey-based Best for Vets: Colleges doesn’t manipulate mainstream research to skew more “veteran.” The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.
“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” says Amanda Miller, editor of Bets for Vets. Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”
The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
HPU named to Victory Media's 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List
HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.
Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
For 40 years, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Military Campus Programs (MCP) has provided an effective and challenging education for all military service members, their families, veterans, and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian personnel and other non-traditional students — helping them to achieve their educational and professional goals.
“I am proud to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our commitment to serving military service personnel, veterans and their families. It is a part of the university’s history and culture, and we’re honored to be ranked once again as evidence of that,” said MCP Interim Dean Justin W. Vance, Ed.D.
MCP offers more than 20 degree programs, including Justice Administration, Computer Science and Diplomacy and Military Studies, with courses and programs online and on O‘ahu military bases. HPU is also known for its award-winning support of veteran students with a knowledgeable staff and Military Veteran Center.
“We look forward to continuing to innovate to meet the needs of military and veteran students for the next 40 years,” Vance said.
The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The survey captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.
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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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