Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine, which is distributed to military education officers around the world, selected WSU as one of the top 60 schools for inclusion in its 2008 list, featured in the publication’s Nov./Dec. 2008 issue.
The annual list is compiled by the editorial staff of Military Advanced Education and an independent panel of judges. Schools are selected based on military enrollment, military-friendly policies and programs, military contracts and feedback from students.
WSU faculty members and students work closely with Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) on projects and research that support the base and its mission. The university also is actively involved in a major educational endeavor to train civilian employees on base by providing a variety of education and training programs.
Since 2003, WSU’s Continuing Education has offered Leadership Development Training for base personnel. Eighteen groups have completed the five-course program, resulting in 680 graduates. During the past three years, WSU has provided faculty and facilities for a Purchasing and Supply Chain Management course offered in six-week increments. To date, 815 HAFB personnel have completed the program.
WSU’s Army ROTC program, consistently ranked among the best battalions in the nation, has been a fixture on campus for more than 35 years. In addition to 78 cadets currently enrolled in the program, the Wildcat Battalion has graduated 207 officers since 1998.
In applying for the MAE honor, WSU also cited the affordable cost per credit hour for online courses, as well as the number and variety of online degrees currently offered.
“For more than 60 years, Weber State has worked closely with the United States military, offering degrees and programs that support the educational needs of Department of Defense personnel in Utah,” said WSU President Ann Millner. “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Hill Air Force Base and our ongoing efforts to meet the needs of the base and its military and civilian workforce.”
According to MAE, the selected schools are significant players in military education, whether for the number of military contracts, number of military students served, availability of financial aid and scholarships, or other “military-friendly” qualities.
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