Wayland noted for service to military students in two publications 

Release Date: August 18, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University has been recognized in two publications for its work with and attitude toward military service personnel.

G.I. Jobs released Monday its 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools, including WBU in the list that honors only the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are embracing America’s veterans and servicemen as students. The list was derived after surveys of more than 7,000 institutions nationwide.

Also, Military Times EDGE magazine recently unveiled its list of the top 50 colleges enrolling military students, deemed its “50 most popular colleges” as chosen by active duty service members. Those rankings are based on Department of Defense data based on usage of the military tuition assistance provided by the government. Wayland ranked 20th on that list, with military students enrolled in 10,202 courses. When hours are broken down by service branches, Wayland ranks 7th among members of the U.S. Air Force.

“The key thing for us is that while a number of schools have focused on the military student in the past four or five years – especially since 9/11 – Wayland has focused on the military student for at least 35 years,” said Dr. Elane Seebo, associate vice president for external campuses. “We long ago determined that the military population was deserving of the highest quality education we could provide them and have always seen this population as a very significant one. In fact, Wayland created programs that are specially designed to accommodate members of the military community.

“It comes as no surprise to me that we would be deemed ‘military friendly.’”

Through most of its external campuses around the country and even to a small degree on the more traditional Plainview campus, Wayland enrolls a large number of active servicemen and women as well as their dependents and veterans taking advantage of the GI Bill for their education. At least 50 percent of the 6,000+ students in the Wayland system are either active military or veterans.

Specifically, Wayland’s campuses in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Altus, Okla., are located solely on military installations, with Fairbanks calling Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright home and Altus Air Force Base the home for WBU there. While the other campuses maintain “civilian” offices as well, others have offices on bases to facilitate recruiting and advising efforts for service personnel. Specifically, Wayland is located on Elmendorf AFB and Fort Richardson in Anchorage; Luke AFB in Phoenix; Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque; Cannon AFB in Clovis, N.M.; Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas; Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas; and on Pearl Harbor, Hickam AFB, Tripler Army Medical Center, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, Camp Smith and Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. WBU also recently began offering courses on Vance AFB in Enid, Okla.

According to EDGE magazine, more than 450,000 military service members took college-level courses in the 2008 fiscal year. Active-duty personnel may receive $250 per credit hour – up to $4,500 per year – using federal tuition assistance to fund their education.