MSU Denver introduces two new policies in support of veterans: priority registration and enhanced military transfer credit
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Posted: March 2, 2015
DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver has implemented two new policies for veterans to improve retention and help them more efficiently complete their degree. Priority registration and a new option for transfer credit are now available for qualifying veteran students.
“The University has concentrated on efforts to identify ways we can better improve service delivery to support the retention and graduation rates of students,” said MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “We want our veteran students to be challenged in the classroom, not by the administrative barriers that could impact their tuition assistance or time needed to graduate.”
Starting March 2 at 8 a.m., student using Veterans Administration (VA) benefits or military tuition assistance will be offered a three-hour window for early registration for summer classes ahead of the general population. The primary reasons for the new benefit is to help alleviate potential delays in payments because of variable VA benefit processing times and to help students successfully access degree bearing courses that meet tuition assistance and VA requirements.
As of fall census 2014, MSU Denver had nearly 980 students enrolled who served in the armed forces. To be eligible for priority registration, students must have used VA benefits or military tuition assistance in the prior semester and have no bursar account holds. Priority registration for the fall 2015 semester starts March 30 at 8 a.m.
Both veterans and dependents using VA benefits or military tuition assistance are automatically eligible for early registration. While there are a number of states nationally requiring public institutions to offer veteran students priority registration, MSU Denver is joining a growing list of universities that are electing to offer this benefit independently.
The University also established a new Military Transfer Credit policy offering academic credits based on specific military learning or training, not for experience. Students can now obtain select degree-bearing credits that previously only applied as electives. Since October 2014 the transfer services office has evaluated paperwork from 157 students that were interested in taking advantage of the new policy.
“MSU Denver remains committed to supporting and recognizing the quality learning that occurs through military service,” said Mark Potter, associate vice president for academic and civic collaboration. “National research has demonstrated that students who obtain prior learning credit have a two and a half times higher persistence rate and a faster time to degree completion.”
As part of MSU Denver’s commitment to veterans and active military students, the University continuously looks for opportunities for improving service delivery through enhanced support services and policy. Military Times named MSU Denver to its annual “Best for Vests: Colleges 2015” rankings as the top four-year institution in Colorado with a 32nd place position nationally. MSU Denver has also been included in Military Times “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014,” ranked at the 35th position, and Military Advanced Education “Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities 2015.” In addition, G.I. Jobs magazine and U.S. Veterans Magazine listed MSU Denver in their 2014 guide of top Military Friendly Schools.
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 58 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.