By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico
In services for military members, their spouses and veterans, Eastern New Mexico University is among the top 15 percent of post-secondary schools in the nation, according to the magazine G.I. Jobs.
The magazine has given ENMU the “Military Friendly School” designation.
“At Eastern New Mexico University, we very much value our servicemen, women and their spouses for what they do for our country,” university President Steven Gamble said Thursday. “And we’re happy to be able to provide educational services for them.”
Criteria for the designation includes efforts and success in recruiting and retaining military personnel and veterans, as well as academic accreditation’s, according to the release. Schools on the “Military Friendly” list offer additional benefits to veterans and active duty students, the release said.
Among those services, Gamble said, ENMU has a counselor dedicated to working primarily with G.I. Bill benefits.
Also, the university maintains a Cannon office with the goal of staffing it two days a week with a person who can answer questions and review degree plans. Gamble said ENMU is in the process of hiring someone to fill the vacated position.
In addition, a university employee goes to Cannon to administer tests such as the ACT and CLEP tests, which Airmen would normally have to leave the base to take.
Cannon personnel can take the ENMU-administered tests no matter what institution they enroll in, Gamble said.
The university has an instructional television site at Cannon as well.
As for future services, Gamble said ENMU employees don’t know what obstacles may confront military personnel taking classes, but they’re ready to help.
“As the needs come up, we’ll address them,” Gamble said.
The Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through research during which G.I. Jobs personnel polled more than 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide, according to the news release.