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Military Advanced Education Magazine Releases Annual Guide to Colleges and Universities

Dec 8, 2014

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Military Advanced Education's 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities is now available in print and online. The Guide evaluates institutions on their best practices in military/veteran education. A list of participating institutions follows at the end of this release.

As the first publication to launch a reference tool for veterans and servicemembers looking to earn college degrees, Military Advanced Education (MAE) and KMI Media Group (KMI) are publishing the eighth annual Guide to Colleges & Universities, highlighting schools that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

With a record number of schools participating in the 2015 Guide, and criteria based on recommendations from the VA and military services, MAE's Guide to Colleges & Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs.

"Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active servicemembers 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, Military Advanced Education's editor.

The extensive student-centric questionnaire evaluates higher education institutes on military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. In addition to the published guide, MAE offers a free online database to best practices in military and veteran education. Prospective students may visit http://www.mae-kmi.com to view the searchable database, access and review all survey answers from all of participating institutions, and see all the information MAE used in evaluating submissions. The database is searchable by school name, state, online campus or brick-and-mortar campus. This tool is invaluable for comparing and contrasting the schools on a student's list of consideration.

"We have sharpened our focus on the best practices that make a true difference to servicemembers and student veterans," said Conni Kerrigan, KMI's publisher and chief financial officer. "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."

Military Advanced Education scores and evaluates each participant to determine which institutions have reached a specific benchmark in order to be deemed an "MAE Top School." Top Schools are awarded with the MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities logo for use in their marketing materials, allowing them to let prospective students know they make the grade with MAE. Additionally, each institution's information is displayed in the magazine in bar charts that show how well a school did in meeting MAE's benchmarks. All schools who participated in the survey are included in the Guide, but only Top Schools receive unlimited use of the MAE logo.

The December issue of MAE also features an exclusive with Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Hickey explains the support that the department provides veterans and what students should look for in maximizing their education benefits.

"Veterans Affairs offers education and career counseling services, as well as an online aptitude test free of charge for all veterans," Hickey said. "We work with school certifying officials and military partners to make this information available to all eligible beneficiaries throughout their military career and after separation."

Check out the December 2014 issue of Military Advanced Education for details, and a profile of each school that participated in the 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities.

About Military Advanced Education and KMI Media Group, Inc. 
Military Advanced Education (http://www.mae-kmi.com) is the leading journal of higher education for servicemembers. MAE serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the servicemembers 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, servicemember, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc. (http://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.