Montana State University

MSU earns top school designation in publication measuring best practices in military and veteran education

December 23, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Students study in the Veteran's Center in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.Montana State University has earned a Top School designation from Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine.

Students study in the Veteran's Center in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Montana State University has earned a top school designation in the Military Advanced Education & Transition 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities, an annual guide measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

This is the second year in a row MSU has earned this designation, said Brenda York, director of the MSU Office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services.

“We are extremely proud to receive this designation again,” York said. “It is one that requires services that are focused on helping veterans with the transition to college life. We are proud to be recognized for this type of service.”

The guide, which will be released in the December issue of Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine, is an annual resource to assist service members in selecting a college or university that goes out of its way to give back to men and women in uniform. It presents the results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, two-year and online colleges.

This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services.

The list will also be published in a free searchable database available on the magazine website, where students will have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.

“Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active service members and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future,” said Kelly Fodel, editor of Military Advanced Education & Transition. “We think this year’s guide is our most comprehensive to date, thanks to our newly established advisory board. The board evaluated the drafts of the questionnaire, made pages of notes and suggestions and helped to redefine questions for clarity.”

Fodel said the annual survey focuses on the best practices that make a true difference to service members and student veterans.

“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,” she said.

In addition to the MAE&T top school designation, MSU has elsewhere been recognized for its strong support of veterans through its commitment to veteran services.

Last month, MSU and MSU Billings were named among the nation’s military friendly universities by the website for its 2016 compilation of schools that support student veterans.

In February, MSU received the first Impact Montana Organizational Award during the Montana Military Community Appreciation Gala for service to the military.

And, in 2013, MSU earned a spot on the inaugural list of best colleges for veterans, published by U.S. News & World Report.

York said the recognition garnered for veteran services is a team effort made possible with the support of the university.

“MSU Veteran Support Center is very grateful for the support of Montana State University in order to provide the services we offer to the veterans,” she said.

For more information about the guide, go to:

Brenda York, director, MSU Office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services, (406) 994-2824 or