UW-Eau Claire earns military-friendly designation

MAE's military friendly logoUW-Eau Claire has been designated a top performer in Military Advanced Education’s 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

The guide provides military veterans and potential students with information about academic institutions that go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of returning servicemen and women.

Inclusion in the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities is UW-Eau Claire’s third recognition since fall 2012 for its support for military veterans. In September, UW-Eau Claire was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, and in November it was named to the Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2013″ list.

Among the criteria used to determine inclusion in the guide were the flexibility of online learning options, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name a few.

The following are examples of initiatives on behalf of veterans at UW-Eau Claire:

The Veterans Center, which provides a place for veteran students to meet other veterans, as well as for veteran students, faculty and staff to learn about resources available to them, attend programs on veteran needs, participate in support groups and access a telehealth network through a partnership with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.

The Veterans and Military Education Benefits Office (Schofield 128), which assists veterans in applying for their G.I. Bill benefits and advises them about other benefits available from the state and federal governments. The office operates under the supervision of Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator. Support for Cross-Schindler’s position came from UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Commitment, which is a differential tuition increase of $1,200 phased in over four years to preserve and enhance the distinctive UW-Eau Claire educational experience.

The Veterans Advisory Committee, which reports to the provost, consisting of staff from the university’s offices providing veterans services and three veteran students. The committee meets several times a semester to talk about veteran students’ needs and concerns, and makes recommendations to the provost.

The Veterans Club, a student organization that serves as a network of support for military veterans and their families at the university, educates the university community regarding the experiences of military veterans and provides service to the community.