February 08, 2016

College of Business named to ‘best for vets’ list

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business today (Feb. 8) once again earned national recognition for the services, support and culture it provides to veterans. 

Military Times named SIU to its “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016” list. This is the third consecutive year the business college has earned a spot, coming in this year at No. 55. The complete rankings are available online at http://bestforvets.militarytimes.com/business-schools/2016/

“We are honored to be ranked among the best schools that serve our veterans,” Jason Greene, interim dean and Henry J. Rehn Professor of Finance, said. “We are proud to be a chosen destination for veterans and to partner with them in achieving their educational and professional goals. We are a better business school because of their inclusion and the leadership and experience they bring to the classroom.” 

The Military Times organization includes Amy Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corp Times. The rankings will be included in the issues of each of those publications that hit newsstands this week as well as in the online version of each and at MilitaryTimes.com. “The Best for Vets: Business Schools” editorial project evaluated 180 business schools on the basis of university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies and cost and financial aid. The rankings list includes the top 77 programs. 

“SIU’s College of Business is very highly rated and their online MBA and online bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business and administration are very highly rated and provide an excellence service to our military and veterans as well as to the general public,” Paul S. Copeland, SIU veterans’ services coordinator, said. 

SIU’s commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities to active duty personnel and student veterans is longstanding. The university was among the first in the nation offering off-campus academic programs to military personnel in 1973 at Scott Air Force Base. 

As of the fall 2015 semester, SIU’s enrollment included 1,153 student veterans. That total includes 582 on-campus student veterans along with 365 veteran students at 33 extended campus sites and 206 online veteran students, according to Copeland. Some of them are active duty personnel. 

The university as a whole earned a spot in the top 40 on the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” list, announced in November by Military Times magazine. SIU has been on the list each of the five years it has been published. 

SIU also recently earned the “Military Friendly School” ranking for 2016, the seventh straight year for the honor, from Victory Media, whose publications include G.I, Jobs magazine. The university has earned a spot on that list seven consecutive times, each year rankings have been published. In addition, SIU was chosen in December as a “Top School” by Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine, an honor earned each of the nine years the list has been published.