Magazine article University Business

Classroom in the Combat Zone

Magazine article University Business

Classroom in the Combat Zone

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9% of college applicants and their parents say they'll select a college with the best academic reputation. 55% look for the best overall fit.--The Princeton Review

MANY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES are expanding their education programs for the U.S. military, including the University of Maryland University College, which recently deployed faculty and staff to Afghanistan to help educate some of the 18,000 service people stationed there.

The classes in Afghanistan are part of a broader UMUC program in that country and Iraq that provides higher education in person and online to those in all branches of the military.

Last year, approximately 59,000 U.S. service members and their dependents were enrolled in UMUC courses. While UMUC is one of the biggest educators of military personnel, many other colleges and universities work with the military, including the University of West Florida, Coastline Community College (Calif.), Central Texas College, and DallasTeleCollege (Texas). …

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