On January 2, the University will celebrate serving students world-wide for well over half a century.

Kansas City, Mo. — January 2, 2014 — In 1951, the world experienced a variety of “firsts,” including the first time jet planes were used to transport passengers from one destination to another for leisure purposes. This was also the year that Grantham University was founded by a World War II veteran in order to help his fellow service members pursue a career beyond the military.

Since a lot can happen in 63 years, including several moves and name changes, here are some facts you might not have known previously about Grantham University. Sixty-three facts in honor of 63 years of changing the lives of students and Serving Those Who Serve®.

Fast Facts

1)    Grantham University has been continuously accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) since 1961.

2)    Since 1951, thousands of students have graduated from Grantham. In 2013, 1,902 students were recognized at the annual Commencement Ceremony.

3)    Grantham’s Fighting Eagle mascot was named Talon after a student-wide vote.

4)    Grantham offers 40+ online degree and certificates – including 14 master’s-level degree programs.

5)    The school offers a lower tuition rate than 95% of all other private/for-profit education institutions.

6)    In fact, true to the mission of providing a high-quality college education that is accessible and affordable, the University’s undergraduate tuition rate has not increased in 11 years.

7)    Grantham has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.

8)    Current enrollment is 16,635.

9)    Grantham enrollment includes students from all 50 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and military bases across the globe.

10) Grantham students are 74% male and 26% female; 47% of Grantham students are full-time and 56% are part-time.


11) Grantham was founded in 1951 by World War II veteran, Donald Grantham. The school was originally named Grantham Radio License School.

12) At one time, Grantham operated five on-ground campuses - Hollywood, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Wash.; Kansas City, Mo.; Falls Church, Va.; Los Angeles, Calif., Slidell, La.; and Dania, Fla.

13) Grantham has had four names in its lifetime: Grantham Radio License School, Grantham School of Electronics, Grantham College of Engineering and Grantham University.

14) GU has offered 100% online coursework since the early 2000s.

15) 2005 was a big year for Grantham. Hurricane Katrina destroyed GU’s headquarters in Slidell, La. Shortly after, the University relocated to its current home in Kansas City, Mo.

16) Additionally in 2005, Grantham was one of five universities selected to participate in the USALearn/GoLearn e-Learning initiative.

17) In 2007, Grantham was selected to participate in Air Force’s Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC).

18) In 2008, GU became a member of NAIMES (National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services).

19) In 2012, Grantham awarded over $5.3 million in scholarships and grants.

20) In 2013, the University added seven new concentrations to the multidisciplinary studies degree program: human resource management; criminal justice; health systems management; accounting; business administration; business management; and computer science.

The Grantham Difference

21) GU is frequently ranked as a “Top 10” degree-granting institution for serving the unique academic needs of learners from the military community, including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Ready Reserve and veterans.

22) All Grantham faculty are trained in military culture and adult learning strategies.

23) Grantham’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Cheryl Hayek, developed Swaddling Support Services®, which received the Innovative Best Practice/New Program from the Association of Private Sector College and Universities (APSCU).

24) Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business received IACBE candidacy for accreditation.

25) GU’s staff is known as “Life Changers” because of the difference made in the lives of students throughout their time in school.

26) One third of Grantham University’s executive leadership are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

27) Each Grantham student has a student advisor (SA). The SA communicates regularly with the student to help them set goals, chart progress, and celebrate achievements.

28) The full-time faculty has grown exponentially this year to keep up with the growing student population. GU now has 39 full-time teachers in addition to the numerous adjunct faculty members.

29) Grantham has published eight e-Books and one whitepaper to offer support and guidance for students as they pursue their degree and career.

30) Currently, 683 employers use Grantham’s online job portal, Grantham Pathways, for recruiting.

31) Grantham launched the first-ever virtual chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) KC.

Student Life

32) In February 2013, GU graduate Command Sergeant Major Susan Shoe became the first female appointed to the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the South Dakota National Guard (SDNG).

33) Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Norris, Grantham University graduate, received a GREAT Award (Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievement, and Talent) from APSCU for his work establishing The Miracle League of Camden County in honor of his son who died from complications following a rare brain tumor.

34) In 2012, U.S. Army Maj. Jean M. Muderhwa, a researcher and Grantham graduate, presented at the Experimental Biology meeting on new potential vaccine carrier he developed that’s designed to extend the shelf life of and aid in the stockpiling of critical vaccines.

35) Grantham student Adam Lanthorn received the DLA Land and Maritime Leadership Development Association’s Mary L. Saunders Excellence in Leadership Scholarship.

36) In 2012, GU student Sergeant William Pagan was selected as one of the FBI’s “Wounded Warrior” interns.

37) GU graduate First Sergeant Louis Sidney received APSCU’s Hall of Fame Award in 2011.

Life Changers

38) GU instructor Stephen Shortland (USAF Retired), was the Air Force coach in the 2013 Armed Forces Softball Tournament.

39) One of America’s longest held prisoners of war, Everett Alvarez, Jr., (USN Retired), sits on the University’s Board of Governors. He recently accepted the National Guard Educational Foundation’s Legion de Lafayette medal on behalf of GU.

40) GU President, Joe McGrath, is a graduate of Harvard and USC.

41) Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, served as co-chair of APSCU’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Military and Veteran Education, which developed best practices for educational institutions serving military and veteran students.

42) Tom Macon, CEO of the University’s financial sponsor, GEC, received the W.E.B. DuBois Award at the 33rd Annual Blacks In Government (BIG) National Training Conference.

43) Dr. Hayek was named to the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks' (JALN) advisory group for faculty satisfaction, development and support.

44) GU Faculty member Russ Meade received the Tegrity Grant from McGraw-Hill publishing company.

45) In 2013, Dr. Nancy Miller returned to serve as dean of GU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science .

46) Dr. Hayek and Jennifer Shreckengost, chair – faculty development and education training, presented at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Fla.

47) Dr. Niccole Buckley, dean of Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business, served as session chair for the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines(IABPAD) Fall Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Additionally, Dr. Buckley led a presentation on “Perceptions by Employers of Military Members with Online Degrees.”

48) Dr. Mark Skousen, one of superscholar.org’s “20 Most Influential Living Economists” and honorary dean of GU’s School of Business, kicked off the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at the Kansas City Central Library.

49) Chase Cookson, chair of Grantham’s Mark Skousen School of Business, served as session chair for the 2013 Academy of Management’s (AOM) Social Issues in Management (SIM) division.


50) In 2013, the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) nominated Grantham for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and presented GU with the Missouri Outstanding Military Support Award.

51) GU has also received several other ESGR Awards, including: Pro Patria Award, Seven Seals Award and Above and Beyond Award.

52) In 2013, Grantham was recognized as a top military-friendly university for the seventh consecutive year by Military Advanced Education.

53) Grantham has been selected as a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs Magazine for five consecutive years.

54) GU is consistently ranked as a top school for military in Military Times, Military Times Edge, and U.S. Vets magazines.

55) Grantham received a $5,000.00 grant from the Aurora Foundation to develop a "Veterans in Transition" awareness program.

56) In 2007, GU received the Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City in recognition of business expansion.

57) In 2006, the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Grantham University for its contributions to the economic vitality and quality of life in the Kansas City Northland community.

58) Ingram’s Magazine named Grantham University the second top private college/university in the Missouri/Kansas area based on enrollment.

Grantham Gives Back

59) GU is dedicated to philanthropy through its Grantham Gives Back program, in which all University employees are encouraged to take a paid work day to volunteer in the Kansas City community.

60) Since 2009, a total of 241 Life Changers have participated in Grantham Gives Back.

61) Twenty-four organizations have been supported through Grantham Gives Back.

62) Grantham supports four charities annually: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Silver Level Sponsor), Della Lamb’s Operation Thanksgiving, Heart of America Operation Stand Down, and Toys for Tots.

63) Additionally, in 2013 the University’s Life Changers selected another two charities to support: American Diabetes Association and Urban Farming Guys.