Park University Ranked “Best for Vets” By Military Publications

Park University has once again earned a top ranking for the support and services it provides to service members, veterans and their families.

Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community, and its associated newsweeklies, Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, recently released its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2013” list. Park University was ranked No. 2 among all private colleges/universities in the country and No. 3 overall in the “online and nontraditional” category (schools that serve military students primarily online or through a network of small campuses).

Stephen Terry, director of military and veteran student services, said the University is proud of the tremendous honor to be selected as a top “Best for Vets” school. “The extraordinary services that the University provides at its Parkville Campus and campus centers across the country are unmatched,” Terry said. “Park truly does serve as a role model in the military community for other institutions to look to for outstanding support programs, high quality academic degree options and student services.”

The publication gave Park “4 stars” (out of four) for its academic support services — the only school in the category to receive this mark — and “3.5 stars” for its military/veterans staff. The high marks were related to special withdraw/re-enrollment policies for deployed service members, veterans-only classes, tutoring and mentorship programs, as well as the number of staff members dedicated to veterans issues and time spent on veteran-specific work.

Highlighting Park’s ranking was the University’s per-credit-hour rate at or below the $250-per-credit-hour cap on military tuition assistance; its participation in the Veterans Affairs Department’s Yellow Ribbon program; relaxed residency rules for service members/veterans; having a centralized veterans office (Park’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and Park Warrior Center); acceptance of academic credits for military training, as recommended by the American Council on Education.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nathaniel Davenport, a Park freshman, said the Park Warrior Center has been a great assistance to him. “It has been key to my successful enrollment, not only my classes, but also my VA benefits,” Davenport said. “The University has gone above and beyond to make my transition from an operator to a student as painless as possible.”

View the rankings at http://militarytimes.com/projects/jobs/best-for-vets/2013/colleges/online-nontraditional. For more information about Park University’s military/veterans services and programs, visit www.park.edu/military.

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