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August 28, 2009

ULM joins distinguished list of schools prioritizing vet recruitment/retention

(Note: This is part of an ongoing series about ULM’s proactive approach to addressing educational needs of military veterans.)

The University of Louisiana at Monroe joins a distinguished list that includes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in which ample educational opportunities for America’s veterans are provided.

G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced the release of its 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools this week.

ULM joins a diverse range of schools — from American University in Washington D.C. to Xavier University in New Orleans — that the publication promotes as military-friendly.

Schools on the list share the common bond of prioritizing the recruitment of students with military experience, according to G.I. Jobs Senior Editor Matthew Pavelek. Academic accreditation and efforts to retain military and veteran students are other reasons for inclusion on the list.

“This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 G.I. Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher.

“Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified . . . Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

“We are pleased and honored with the distinction of being included on such a list,” said ULM President James E. Cofer Sr. “Our veterans have served their country, and their families have sacrificed much. It only makes sense that ULM would strive to provide these men and women with the best educational opportunities possible.”

G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide to compile its list. The complete list of schools is at

An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute developed the methodology, criteria and weighting of the survey questions that institutions agreed to answer.

A new Web site,, will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs, according to the publication’s Web site.

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