Austin Peay State University has been recognized by Military Advanced Education magazine in the publication's 2013 Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.
Published since 2005, Military Advanced Education provides information for military education service officers (ESO), transition officers (TO) and other top-level commands who work with service members, veterans and their families during active duty, transition and post-transition to optimize their armed forces educational benefits.
The guide was published in the magazine's December 2012 issue and is available online: http://www.military-advanced-education.com/mae-home.html.
APSU is one of six schools in Tennessee to be named to the Top Military-Friendly list.
Schools that applied for inclusion on the list were judged in several areas, including support, such as evidence of a military student center or Veterans Affairs counselors; financial, including in-state tuition for active duty service members; military culture, such an ROTC program; and flexibility, including online learning options.
At APSU, veterans and active duty military are appreciated through a number of services and efforts. In 2010, APSU established the Military Student Center inside the Morgan University Center, Room 120 as a facility where military-related students can relax and study with other students with similar interests. It serves veterans, active duty military, ROTC students and family members. There is a lounge area for fellowship and relaxation, computers and printers for personal and academic use, and a study table for individual and group work.
The center assists veterans and military students with the transition to college by serving as a clearinghouse of information. Throughout the year, the center staff provides workshops and outreach events to help the campus better understand sacrifices, gifts and challenges of the military culture.
In addition, APSU has a Student Veterans Organization, which began as a discussion group where student veterans could discuss the unique challenges they face in a university environment. The organization formalized in April 2010 and is affiliated with the Student Veterans of America, a network of college and university student veteran groups throughout the United States.
APSU also offers veterans and/or active duty military out-of-state fee waivers for active duty military, early registration for veterans, withdrawal without penalty if deployed or activated and veteran-specific sections of seminars and classes.
APSU also presents the APSU military coin to its employees and graduates who are military veterans. The coin was developed in 2011, and APSU has presented the coin at several military graduate recognition ceremonies to honor students who have served or are serving in the military and graduated from APSU.
In recent months, APSU also was recognized by GI Jobs magazine on its 2013 Military Friendly list and by Military Times magazine in its "2013 Best for Vets" ranking, which only included 68 schools. - Dr. Melony Shemberger