Cameron University has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School® for the third consecutive year. This honor places Cameron in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
“Cameron University takes great pride in meeting the educational needs of the military community,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “It is our privilege to serve those who serve our country and to provide outstanding educational opportunities to service members and their families. We are honored that our efforts have been recognized with this designation as a Military Friendly School® for the third consecutive year.”
The 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. The following weighted categories were used to determine each school’s final score: military support on campus, academic credibility, percentage of military students, academic credit for military service, flexibility for military students, veteran graduation rates, government approvals, student tuition assistance, student survey, employment rates, and military spouse policies.
Cameron’s commitment to active duty military, veterans and dependents is multi-faceted. Below are some examples of ways CU provides support.
- Military and military dependents can attend Cameron University at the in-state tuition rate.
- For more than 20 years, Cameron has had an office on post at Fort Sill providing admissions and enrollment services.
- Cameron has offered regularly scheduled courses on post since 1983 and over that period has provided more than 1300 courses at Fort Sill.
- Cameron University participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program. This program provides additional assistance to veterans who are eligible to receive 100 percent benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and who still have unmet need. This year, Cameron has increased its commitment and will assist an unlimited number of qualified veterans, with no cap on the amount of benefits per qualified veteran. Cameron has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in 2009. Over the past three years, eligible veterans and dependents at Cameron University have received approximately $100,000 in benefits from Cameron and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Cameron is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). Through SOC, service members and their family members can start, continue, or complete Cameron University degrees while attending other consortium member schools.
- Cameron provides computers for computer labs in the Harry S Truman Education Center on post at Fort Sill. These computers are available to all students at the center regardless whether they are a Cameron student. Cameron also maintains these computers, keeping them on a four-year replacement schedule to ensure that the computers are state-of-the-art and in good working condition.
- In addition to degree programs and general education course offerings, Cameron has continuously been responsive to unique educational requests from Fort Sill. Examples include providing language and cultural awareness training for units deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq and computer science courses for security systems and encryption.
- In the summer of 2009, Cameron launched the “Freedom to Learn” initiative, which provides laptop computers to any active-duty military student enrolled in at least six hours of online course work. Computers have been shipped to soldiers in other states, Iraq and other places around the world. Those students who graduate from Cameron while participating in the program may keep the computer free of charge.
- Cameron participates in and actively promotes the Military Spouse Career Advancement Portal and Financial Assistance Program by working closely with spouses of active duty military personnel to help them take advantage of this financial benefit.
- Cameron’s George D. Keathley Department of Military Science is home to the Comanche Battalion, one of the top Army ROTC programs in the nation. The Comanche Battalion has been recognized on multiple occasions with the MacArthur Award, signifying Best in Brigade. In 2011, the Comanche Battalion was named as one of the top three Army ROTC squads in the country by the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA). Almost 800 officers have been commissioned through the program.
- Cameron recognizes the recreational and cultural needs of military families. CU welcomes military families by offering a variety of free and reduced admission activities; examples include athletic events, concerts, theatrical events and lectures.
Active duty military interested in enrolling at Cameron or seeking information about “Freedom To Learn” can call 580-355-8211 for more information.
Information about the George D. Keathley Department of Military Science and the U.S. Army ROTC program is available at www.cameron.edu/military, by calling 580-581-2340 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 17, 2012