Sept. 26, 2011
Contact: Tom Tozer, 615-898-2919
MTSU Receives ‘Military Friendly School’ Designation Again
Middle Tennessee State University has for the second consecutive year made the list of “Military Friendly Schools,” an annual rating by G.I. Jobs, which is published by veteran-owned Victory Media.
The publication surveyed more than 7,000 schools nationwide, and 1,231 were selected for the designation.
Schools that receive the recognition are those that go the extra mile to recruit and retain veterans, provide financial assistance and offer special on-campus programs and opportunities. Some schools provide credit for military service and offer military spouse programs.
“MTSU is military-friendly in part due to the support of administrators and faculty who comprise the Military Task Force and work together to provide services for our veteran population,” said Cathy Kirchner, registrar in MTSU’s Office of Records and Scheduling.
Kirchner’s office guides veterans through the maze of requirements and documentation that they need in order for them to receive their GI Bill benefits from the Veterans Administration. Currently, two fulltime employees and four student workers support a fall 2011 population of 1035 veterans at MTSU.
“The staff spent countless hours calling and emailing veterans to assist them in the enrollment and the fee-payment confirmation process for fall 2011,” Kirchner noted. The number of veterans was up from 998 enrolled in the fall of 2010, she added.
“One example of how we work together for the benefit of this population was that this semester representatives from our business office, enrollment services and information technology division created a Veterans Tab in RaiderNet to provide a process for veterans to complete forms needed each term online,” Kirchner said.
A list of all Military Friendly Schools was distributed to thousands of active and former military personnel. To access the list, go to www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list.
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