Cameron University recognized as Military Friendly School ® for fourth consecutive year

logo for Military Friendly Schools designationCameron University has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School® for the fourth consecutive year. This honor places Cameron in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

“We are honored that Cameron University’s efforts to serve our service members and their families have resulted in designation as a Military Friendly School® for the fourth year in a row,” says Cameron President John McArthur. “Our commitment to serve those who serve our country is one of the action items in Cameron’s current long-range strategic plan, ‘Plan 2018: Values Driven, Action Oriented.’ It is gratifying to know that our actions are being recognized on a national level.”

The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. 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.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Cameron University’s 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.” 

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 in Oklahoma 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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 can call 580-355-8211 for more information.

To learn more about the support and resources Cameron offers to veterans, visit www.cameron.edu/veteran_affairs or contact Vicki Henson at 580-581-2301 or vickih@cameron.edu.

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 military@cameron.edu.

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September 10, 2013

PR# 13-143