A military student shares his opinion in class
December 3, 2014

LACEY, Wash. – Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Saint Martin’s University the designation of a Top School for the third consecutive year in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The guide has been released in the December issue of MAE.

The guide presents 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 and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, the guide provides students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have been selected as a top school in military advanced education, again. We were first chosen as a Top School in 2013 and then again for the following year before this most recent honor from MAE,” says Radana Dvorak, Ph.D., dean of Saint Martin’s University’s Extended Learning Division. “Saint Martin’s faculty and staff support our service members and veterans in and out of classroom.”

Now in its eighth year of publishing the guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“We believe the guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” says Kelly Fodel, editor for MAE. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access to MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing¬ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic¬tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 under¬graduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

Military Advanced Education (www.mae-kmi.com) serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the service members they counsel. Published 10 times yearly, MAE’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights, service member, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc. (www.kmimediagroup.com) is the leading independent publisher of targeted information about military requirements, technologies and operations. Serving as a unique forum for senior military and Department of Defense leadership, KMI focuses on distinct and essential communities within the defense market.

For additional information:

Radana Dvorak
Dean, Extended Learning Division
360-412-6141; rdvorak@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu