KU News Release

Oct. 13, 2010
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8866

KU in top 10 in Military Times Edge’s list of ‘Best for Vets’ universities

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has been honored for its service to student veterans with a top 10 ranking in Military Times Edge’s “Best For Vets” list.

KU ranked ninth among public universities and 12th overall.

Military Times Edge compiled its list by surveying more than 4,000 colleges and universities about their programs, policies and resources for veterans. Schools were evaluated in four categories using five-star scales. KU received five stars in academic flexibility, 4.5 in financial assistance, 4.5 in support services and 3.5 in campus culture.

“These rankings are a gratifying recognition of the hard work our faculty and staff put forth in serving our student veterans,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “These men and women put their country before themselves and we are committed to making sure they have a successful academic experience at the University of Kansas.”

Of the 100 schools listed, KU was the only one in Kansas. Additionally, KU was the second-highest rated Big 12 institution. Texas A&M University was seventh; University of Oklahoma, 35th; University of Missouri, 38th; University of Texas, 51st; and Texas Tech University, 52nd.

“KU has been a veteran friendly campus for many years,” said Adrian Lewis, professor of history and director of the Office of Professional Military Graduate Education. “This recognition is verification of our efforts and what we already knew: KU is a good place for veterans.”

KU is home to the Wounded Warrior Education Initiative Program, a U.S. Army pilot program that allows veterans injured in combat to complete graduate degrees and continue their careers in the Army, often as instructors. The university also has a faculty and staff exchange with the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

Student veterans have also taken leadership positions on campus and helped improve services. An advocacy group for student veterans improved communication between the students and the university, resulting in several new initiatives and improvements, including dedication of space in a student union for a veterans lounge and a payment plan that allows veterans to pay tuition over the course of a semester. Such a plan was necessary because veterans receive GI Bill payments monthly and often have difficulty paying the balance of their tuition at the beginning of a semester. A similar program covers textbook purchases in the KU Bookstores.

The university has Naval, Air Force and Army ROTC units on campus.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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