This is the third year in a row the magazine has named Webster University on its annual ranking.
For the third year in a row, Webster University is included in the Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges” rankings. This distinction recognizes and rewards schools for its commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and availability of specific programs to help service members. Webster was ranked at 57 out of 100 four year colleges on the list.
“Webster University has a long history of finding ways to support veterans and those in the military – from tuition assistance to work-study programs – and this recognition validates all the hard work we have done to help those who served their country,” said retired United States Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, Webster University’s associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs. “We are honored that Military Times recognized all that we do and included us in this list.”
The data for the rankings was collected through a survey. Schools had to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.
“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” says Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets. Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”
The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
Military Times’ series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings includes: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.
Webster University’s service-to-service members dates back to 1974, when, at the invitation of the Department of Defense, Webster offered its programs for the first time at Ft. Sheridan, located north of Chicago. Programs at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis followed soon thereafter. Today, Webster is nationally recognized for being military friendly and is one of the largest providers of graduate-level military education in the United States.
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.