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Missouri State named a military friendly school

Recognition honors commitment to veteran services
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Veteran Student ServicesVictory Media, the premier media source for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, again named Missouri State University to its list of Military Friendly Schools®. The 2013 list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.

Inclusion on the list is based on a survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide, which focused on the recruitment of students with military experience through scholarships, organizations, staffing and military credit for those who served. A total of 1,739 institutions were included on this year’s list, which will be highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” distributed to active and former military personnel, and G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines.

“I believe that we were chosen for this award because of Missouri State’s remarkable commitment to military veterans, service members and their families,” said Jenifer Kautzman, coordinator of veteran student services. “We have worked diligently to create a welcoming environment on-campus for student-veterans that facilitates their success as students and as civilians. This is our second year of inclusion on the list and our commitment to veterans and their families continues to grow.”

The office of veteran student services assists service members, guardsmen, reservists and their family members in taking full advantage of all educational benefits available to them, as well as assisting in the transition from active duty to student life at Missouri State. For the fall 2012 semester, approximately 650 veterans and service members to date are served by the veteran student services office.

Veteran centers on both the Springfield and West Plains campuses provide personal advising, needs assessments, written plans of action, strategic referrals, interventions, intensive follow-up and tracking to lead to increased enrollment, persistence and graduation of veterans, service members and dependents. These centers are part of the Veteran Incentive Program supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the 2010 Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program.


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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The university’s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.


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