University of Phoenix among Military Times EDGE Top 50
University of Phoenix has earned a spot among the most popular schools for active-duty servicemembers to use their federal military tuition assistance benefit.
Military Times EDGE, a magazine devoted to helping servicemembers transition to civilian life, announced this latest honor in its June 2011 issue. The publication posts a list annually of the most popular schools that active-duty military are attending through their tuition assistance (TA) benefit. And, this year marks the University's third consecutive appearance as the fourth most popular educational institution.
The rankings are based solely on active-duty tuition assistance data supplied by each school — an objective way to measure school popularity among servicemembers. The degree to which schools meet the education needs of the military is also an important consideration among service members. With so many schools to choose from, the list can help servicemembers hone in on which institutions work best with their peers who use their TA benefit to earn their associate, bachelor's or master's degrees.
Behind the numbers
Beyond this objective data, what's behind University of Phoenix consistently ranking so high among thousands of other schools? Dr. Garland Williams, Associate Regional Vice President of the Military Division at University of Phoenix, believes several things stand out that make the University an attractive education option for servicemembers.
"The University educates adult learners who often must fit school around other obligations, and the military student is an extension of that kind of learner," says Williams. "By offering multiple locations, an online learning format and flexible scheduling — as well as locations near many military installations — the University has successfully positioned itself to accommodate the military learner."
University of Phoenix also is among the top five chosen by respective servicemembers when broken down by each military branch, including Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. Williams says that earning such recognition reinforces the rankings that University of Phoenix has achieved over the last three years as a military-friendly school, as noted by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education.
"Together, these rankings over the last three years demonstrate the University's commitment to serving military students, and show we're on the right track in helping them reach their academic goals," says Williams.