Leading Magazine Again Honors Saint Leo for Military Education Efforts

December 31, 2013

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Saint Leo University the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, just released December 19, and available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

“Saint Leo University has remained firm in our commitment to helping veterans and active-duty servicemembers achieve their educational goals,” said Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo University. “Educating the men and women who have served in the armed forces defines who we are as a university and a community. We prepare our graduates to serve God, country, and community. This designation reaffirms our commitment to the military, now 40 years standing,” Dr. Kirk added.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s institution for inclusion in the guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of servicemembers, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name but a few.

“Our staff used strict criteria to evaluate the submissions of the respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year. We believe the guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE editor.

“I encourage students and ESOs to check out our searchable database online,” Fodel said. “We designed this database with military students in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like the schools’ activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information, and important support information.”

The December issue also reports on Saint Leo University’s criminal justice degree in feature on college programs in the field.

Military Advanced Education serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the servicemembers they counsel. It is published 10 times yearly and its editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; career and transition spotlights; servicemember schools and program profiles; and periodic special reports.

Media contact: For more information, reach Mr. Kim Payne, Saint Leo staff writer and media coordinator, at kim.payne@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-7233.