Misericordia University has been awarded the designation of a "Top School'' in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities by MAE&T. The complete guide was released in December and is available in print and online at www.mae-kmi.com.
"Misericordia University is proud to be recognized by Military Advanced Education and Transition as a place where our nation's veterans receive the support and assistance they need to realize their dreams of achieving an advanced degree," said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. "Working closely with our veterans is consistent with our historic mission of providing a high-quality education so our motivated students learn to succeed in life and in their careers."
MAE&T's 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions of higher education that go out of their way to give back to the men and women in uniform, according to MAE&T. The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions of higher education across the country.
Published for the ninth time, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, colleges and universities were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services.
"While we realize that all schools are unique, we focus our annual survey on the best practices that make a true difference to servicemembers and student veterans," said Kelly Fodel, MAE&T's editor. "These best practices have been asserted by various higher education groups and reinforced by veteran groups, and we consider our survey to be the most detailed and informative in the industry."
Misericordia University was the first institution of higher education in the region to sign-up to participate in the federal post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act's Yellow Ribbon Program that was launched in 2008. Misericordia University has made a commitment to provide $5,000 in tuition benefits for each academically qualified veteran who makes application and is accepted to Misericordia.
The new GI Bill affords returning veterans an opportunity to earn their bachelor's degrees at little to no cost to them when they enroll in a participating public or private college or university. For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit www.gibill.va.gov/GI_BILL_Info/CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm.
Misericordia University also automatically offers military students enrolled on a full-time basis a $2,500 annual McAuley Award, which rewards students for records of service.
"Normally, our students must formally apply for a McAuley Award and demonstrate a broad record of service," said Jane Dessoye, veterans' affairs coordinator and executive director of enrollment management at Misericordia University. "Because of our appreciation for military students' service to our country, the award is automatically awarded to them with no formal application required."
For more information about veterans' services at Misericordia University, please contact Dessoye at (570) 674-6168 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/yellowribbon. For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 32 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.