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Chatham University Selected as a Top Military-Friendly School by Military Advanced Education

PITTSBURGH – Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Chatham University the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University in its  2014 Guide to  Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, released in print and available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s institution for inclusion in the Guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of servicemembers, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and  full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name but a few.

“Our staff used strict criteria to evaluate the submissions of the respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year. We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor.

“I encourage students and ESOs to check out our searchable database online,” Fodel said. “We designed this database with the military student in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like the schools’ activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.”

“Over the past two years Chatham University has provided programs and services to student veterans and military families that include an online community to allows students to communicate with the administration as well as each other,” states Dr. Zauyah Waite, Vice-President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “Chatham has built a zen garden in dedication to student veterans, as well as hosted several military themed events showcasing to the entire campus how we honor and are dedicated to enhancing the student veterans’ college experience at Chatham. The Division of Student Affairs will continue to make it a priority to work with military and veteran students as it is a fulfilling endeavor for the entire campus.”

About Military Advanced Education and KMI Media Group, Inc.
Military Advanced Education (www.mae-kmi.com) 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. (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.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to women’s leadership and issues advocacy, and is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson. Today, Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll, been honored by the US EPA, named to Sierra magazines list of top 25 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham will open in early 2014, the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan.

Consisting of three colleges and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham’s works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students to create a brighter, healthier tomorrow through the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.