Leila Gallagher

2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges and Universities measures best practices in military and veteran education.

Military Advanced Ed logoLenexa, Kan. – January 28, 2016 – For the ninth consecutive year, Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Grantham University the designation of a Top School in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges and Universities, which measures best practices in military and veteran education. 

The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Steve Waldron, Grantham’s campus president and chief operating officer, and also a retired Marine Corps colonel, stressed the University’s pride in being consistently recognized by MAE&T in supporting Grantham’s continued mission to “serve those who serve.” “Our University has a deep, rich history in serving the military community with quality, accessible education for the past 65 years,” he said. “The recognition as a Top School in this area reaffirms the importance of our efforts.”

Grantham’s flexible online degree and certificate programs afford military members the portable education conducive to their busy, and oftentimes transient, lifestyles. Additionally, at Grantham, eligible military service members can take advantage of the University’s military scholarship and grant, and can potentially receive college credit for military training and experience. The university is also Yellow Ribbon Program approved.

Now in its ninth year of publishing the Guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active service members 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 & Transition’s editor. “We think this year’s Guide is our most comprehensive to date, thanks to our newly established advisory board. The board evaluated the drafts of the questionnaire, made pages of notes and suggestions and helped to redefine questions for clarity. We thank them for their thoughtful edits and additions to our process.”

About Grantham University: Established in 1951, Grantham University offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.

About Military Advanced Education & Transition:

Military Advanced Education & Transition ( is the journal of higher education for service members and veterans making the transition from military to the civilian sector. Covering issues and hot topics in higher education, career trends, transition assistance, innovative programs, and schools of special interest to the military, MAE&T focuses on news and resources that will empower a military student to pursue a quality education and rewarding career. MAE&T serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the service members they counsel. Published 10 times yearly, MAE&T’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights, service member, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports.