TROY ranks seventh for military attendance

Posted: Wednesday, 12 August 2009

TROY—Troy University has earned the seventh-ranked spot in a survey of nearly a half-million military service members taking college-level courses.

“This ranking reflects TROY’s long-sustained commitment to serving the U.S. military, and its pledge to serving them in the future,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, Vice Chancellor for TROY’s Global Campus. “For the University to be ranked highly among those in the U.S. Armed Forces, who have so many institutions from which to choose, is a remarkably positive reflection on the quality of instruction provided by our faculty and the quality of service provided by our student services staff.”

Ingram said that more than 1,800 post-secondary schools are members of the Servicesmembers Opportunity Colleges consortium that provides educational services to members of the military and their families.

Military Times EDGE, a print and online publication published by the Military Times Media Group, is a tool for American service members seeking to improve their civilian lives and military careers through education and employment. Military Times Media Group publishes the military newspapers with a combined audited circulation of more than 244,000 subscribers.

A study presented by the Defense Department’s Chief of Continuing Education Carolyn Baker, ranked TROY as the seventh most popular choice among military service members enrolled in bachelor-level or master-level courses. Baker’s report credits TROY with 30,841 course enrollments by military members.

While TROY serves many active-duty, reserve and National Guard members and their dependents on its four Alabama campuses, the vast majority of those students fall outside the state. In spring 2009, Global Campus reported about 3,000 students were active-duty service members served by tuition assistance.

The study also revealed that online or distance-education courses outpaced in-classroom courses in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Troy University, a public institution of higher education with nearly 30,000 students headquartered in Troy, Alabama, operates four campuses in Alabama and more than 60 sites around the world. Long a leader in distance education, its eCampus provides on-line undergraduate and graduate-level courses. In April 2009, the University was awarded the United States Pacific Command Educational Services Contract by the United States Air Force. Its affiliation with the military began in 1950 by offering courses to soldiers stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala.