EKU Earns National Ranking among "Best for Vets: Business Schools"

Eastern Kentucky University, already home to more than 1,275 veterans and their dependents, is ranked 16th nationally among the “Best for Vets: Business Schools” by Military Times EDGE magazine.

The Military Times ranking for EKU’s School of Business follows a No. 1 overall ranking two of the past three years for the University. Only those institutions that offer graduate-level business degrees and that participated in the magazine’s Best for Vets: Colleges survey were considered in the review. The Business Schools survey measured academic support, student services, campus culture, academic success and selectivity.

EKU’s School of Business, fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), houses the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems and the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information about EKU’s School of Business, visit business.eku.edu.

Other national honors in recent years further validate the University’s lofty reputation among veterans. Eastern has been recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School each of the past four years and last year was named a Pat Tillman Military Scholar Partnership University, one of only 14 in the nation. Andrew Napier, an EKU senior from Richmond, was one of only 59 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide.

Also last year, EKU was named a VetSuccess University by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and now boasts a full-time employee on staff to help veterans with their benefits issues.

In 2010, Eastern launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university even more veteran-helpful. These initiatives include:

·         No admission fees for undergraduate veterans.

·         In-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans nationwide.

·         Maximum credit hours for military experience.

·         Priority registration.

·         Book vouchers and Books for Boots Exchange Library.

·         Veterans Bridge to College Success cohort classes.

·         Veterans orientation course.

·         Veteran-helpful withdrawal and readmission policy.

·         Vet-2-Vet sponsorship program and active Vets Club.

·         Recreational and other extracurricular activities.

·         Specially designated housing for student veterans.

                  ·         Associate of General Studies (A.G.S) Military Studies Concentration   

·         Veteran Studies minor, believed to be the nation’s first, to help those who haven’t served in the military to better understand the issues that veterans face, and to help the veterans themselves deal with those issues.

EKU also is home to The Journal of Military Experience, the first volume of which won one of 14 Phi Kappa Phi national literacy grants and “Program of the Year” honors from Student Veterans of America for providing EKU veterans with a voice in 2011. The second volume, published last year, provides the same service to veterans nationwide and includes the scholarship of researchers interested in bridging the gap between civilian and military cultures.

As more and more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, EKU has more than doubled its number of military veterans and dependents in recent years. Many are pursuing baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice, police studies, homeland security, fire and safety, and nursing, or a graduate degree in safety, security and emergency management.

The EKU Military and Veterans Affairs Office recently moved to a new location, 317 Lancaster Ave., a converted home adjacent to Irvine McDowell Park. For more information about opportunities and services available to veterans and their dependents at EKU, visit va.eku.edu or call 622-2345.           

Published on March 21, 2013