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Baker College again ranked in top tier by two military media groups

Quality programs, positive education outcomes,
commitment to military-connected students important factors

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College has again been recognized by two media organizations for its ongoing dedication to make quality higher education available to U.S. military personnel, veterans and families.

The 2017 recognitions are:

  • Military Friendly Gold Award from Victory Media for outstanding programs and positive education outcomes for veterans and their families (private institutions with more than 10,000 students).
  • Top 20 Best for Vets from Military TimesÒ in recognition of a commitment to provide educational opportunities to veterans, service members and military families (career and technical college category).

“Supporting the higher education goals of our nation’s heroes is extremely important to Baker College,” said Airman 1st Class Christy Cooper, Baker College military education officer. “We believe it’s critical to continue to enhance paths for military members to succeed in civilian life.”

Cooper said that in addition to having a veteran point of contact at each Baker College campus, designated admissions advisors and financial services team members are trained to help military-connected students with educational benefits and can provide reference and contact information coordinated through the military education service center for outside agencies and resources.

Baker College grants academic credits for military training, as recommended by the American Council on Education, and participates in the federal military tuition assistance program. It also supports the presidential executive order for educational institutions serving military-connected students by actively participating in GoArmyEd, a virtual education management tool for students, and the U.S. Air Force Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative.

Baker College has been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media every year since the list was first published in 2010. Selection for 2017 was based on data from three sources: federal agencies, veteran students and proprietary Military Friendly surveys from participating colleges. Results included assessment of the school’s student veteran retention, graduation rates, job placement, and loan repayment, persistence and default. Ernst & Young audited the methodology and weightings.

Victory Media, is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that serves veterans and their families through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Information is at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Military Times has named Baker College Best for Vets numerous times. This year, the schools were evaluated for their culture, student support, academic outcomes/quality, academic policies, cost and financial aid. Categories were individually weighted with university culture and student support having the greatest value. Other factors considered included key metrics from several federal agencies.

Military Times, a division of Sightline Media Group, covers news for service members and their families. Information is at www.militarytimes.com.

For more information about Baker College programs and services for members of the military, veterans and their families, contact Christy Cooper in the military education office at 800.469.3165 or vet2vet@baker.edu, or visit www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

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