Kansas City, Mo. – November 12, 2012 Grantham University, a 61-year-old university with a history of meeting the educational needs of service members and veterans, is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, has been named as co-chair for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities' (APSCU) Blue Ribbon Taskforce for Military and Veterans Education.

The mission of the taskforce is to ensure that all service members, veterans, and military family members utilizing their earned education benefits are provided with the quality education they deserve at every institution of higher education. Its goal is to develop a series of best practices for veterans education to be used by not only APSCU schools but all colleges and universities serving this population.

"More veterans than ever before are utilizing their earned education benefits to seek a college education," said Dr. Cropsey. "Grantham University believes that it is the duty of any institution of higher learning that serves military and veteran students to facilitate their success and have programs, policies and procedures in place that support and encourage them as they further their education."

Dr. Cropsey has been with Grantham University since January of 2010. Prior to that, he served the Department of Defense (DoD) for more than 40 years in positions that ranged from Army counselor to European command director of the Air Force, director of the Navy College Program worldwide, to director of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) prior to his retirement. During his career, he received five armed services civilian meritorious service awards and the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) President's Award for his lifelong contributions to military education.

Comprised of institutional and organizational military and veteran education representatives from APSCU, non-APSCU, and veteran service organizations, the first face-to-face meeting of the taskforce will be hosted by Grantham University on November 28, 2012, at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

Over the last six decades, Grantham University has been committed to meeting the educational needs of service members, veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses. The University continues to expand and grow its degree program offerings, student support structure, and military scholarship opportunities to better meet the needs of those who serve. Earlier this year, Grantham was named one of the "Top Military-Friendly Universities" by Military Advanced Education magazine for the fifth consecutive year.

For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit www.grantham.edu or call 800-955-2527.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in online education for the working adult student. Grantham's online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.