TROY - The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) has named Troy University this year’s recipient of its Institution Award.
The award was presented to TROY in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education, and the quality of the education provided to members of the armed services.
CCME is an active proponent for the professional development of those serving in the military education community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on educational programs, strategies and innovation among its members and associated partners. CCME membership currently includes 95 institutions of higher education and some 1,600 individual members.
"Troy University takes its commitment to educating the members of America's military - and their families - very seriously. Since the 1950's, the University has set the standard of service and CCME's recognition of these efforts validates our commitment," said TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. "It's an honor to be selected."
The University first began offering voluntary education to soldiers at the Army's Fort Rucker in the 1950's, and has continued to deliver undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees through a variety of on-base, near-base, and online programs.
"I congratulate Troy University and its Chancellor Hawkins for this singular honor," said Muriel A. Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. "I believe Troy's dedication to providing military service members, veterans and their families opportunities for quality education for more than 60 years is unparalleled."
The University's TROY for Troops Center has focused student support services on the military, and the University has recently announced a scholarship program that caps tuition costs at $250 per credit hour for currently serving military members, along with their spouses and dependents. The move eliminates out-of-pocket tuition costs for service members, and discounts tuition up to 50 percent for their families.
"This award is a testament to the dedication of the staff of our TROY for Troops Center, the military affairs staff and to the wider faculty and staff body at Troy University. Service to our military is a primary mission for everyone at TROY," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor for military affairs. "We are appreciative that the Council has chosen to recognize our collective efforts in this way."