Central Texas College (CTC) was once again named to the list of Best Colleges for Veterans based on a survey conducted by the Military Times. CTC was ranked as the seventh “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” in the category of online and nontraditional schools. The selection was based on the primary criteria of academic accreditation, whether the school has a central veterans’ office and staff knowledge on veterans’ issues.
And for the first time, Military Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring its fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey. In addition to evaluating schools’ veteran-focused programs, Military Times considered more than a dozen different measures of academic success, quality and rigor, as reported by schools themselves and the Education Department, in addition to evaluating in developing the rankings.
Some 600-plus schools and universities responded to the Military Times survey – a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans. In addition to the new academic success considerations, the survey included the traditional issues considered to be the most important school services for veterans. Of those services, CTC was cited for its cost – CTC’s credit-per-hour rate is below the established tuition assistance cap of $250; being under the G.I. Bill cap – full out-of-state tuition for all programs is lower than the nationwide cap of $17,500 per school year.
CTC was also recognized for having a central office designated for handling veterans’ issues, accepting ACE credits, granting some credits for military training recommended by the American Council on Education and for its staff and academic support.
Best for Vets provides servicemen and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and availability of specific programs to help service members. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
At the time of the survey in spring 2013, CTC reported a military of 32,830 which represents an unduplicated 12-month headcount for the 2012-13 academic year. CTC also reported a graduation rate of 11 percent.
CTC, which had been previously chosen as the Military Times’ most popular school by active-duty soldiers who use tuition assistance to pay for their higher education and listed in the top 15 percent of the G.I. Jobs list of military-friendly schools, is one of the largest distance learning providers currently offering 21 degree plans and 21 certificate programs which can be completed solely online. Course offerings include hybrid/blended classes as well as classes through multimedia sources such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and secure digital (SD) cards.
The full Best for Vets rankings include 86 four-year schools, 20 online and nontraditional schools and 14 two-year schools. The list has been published in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition. It is also available online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
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