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UT Tyler Among Best Universities Nationwide for Student Veterans

November 26, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler is one of the leading four-year public universities in the nation for student veterans, Ona Tolliver, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced.

The Military Times, an independent publication, set out to find the best schools for veterans among two-year, four-year and online institutions, while placing a new emphasis on academic rigor. Representatives from about 600 schools responded to this year’s survey.

In the 2014 results, UT Tyler ranked sixth out of all four-year, public Texas institutions, besting UT Arlington and UT Austin.

“The UT Tyler Veterans Resource Center is proud to support the university in achieving this ranking by The Military Times, and we are equally proud to be ranked so highly out of 600 institutions,” said Christopher Cox, UT Tyler Veterans Resource Center coordinator. “To be among this outstanding group of universities validates UT Tyler’s continued effort to help and encourage our student veterans.”

Schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid. For the first time, U.S. Department of Education statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality were also used in the analysis.

For the complete list, visit http://projects.militarytimes.com/jobs/best-for-vets/2014/colleges/4-year/.

While the value of each section was comparable, university culture and student support were worth the most and financial aid was worth the least. The publication also considered other factors including enrollment, academic support, extracurricular activities and student-to-faculty ratio.

Military enrollment figures apply to service members and veterans actually tracked by a school, not just those on military-related benefits, according to The Military Times.

Academic support rates the types of academic help a school provides – such as tutoring, mentors and learning communities – and considers both what is offered and whether there is a separate version of these types of support for veterans. The ratings also consider a school’s withdrawal and re-enrollment policies for deployed service members.

The extracurriculars category rates the number and activity level of student veteran groups at a school and considers initiatives to support military spouses and families and non-academic school events, such as service projects and Veterans Day programs.

Service members and their families rely on the print edition of Military Times and MilitaryTimes.com as trusted, independent sources for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives.

Military Times is published by Gannett Government Media, which is a subsidiary of Gannett Co. Inc., the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. Since its inception in 1940, Army Times Publishing has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

For more information, visit http://www.militarytimes.com/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students. UT Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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