Grand Canyon University | www.gcu.edu |
Helping Military Students Reach Their Goals |
Published in the May/June 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Bart Burkert, senior vice president for military online operations at Grand Canyon University in Arizona, wants to give something back to the men and women connected to the U.S. military. “We want to offer them great customer service and a great education, because they are providing or have provided our country a great service,” said the Army Desert Storm veteran who spent six years on active Reserve duty. “We take great pride in enrolling veterans into our university. We don’t take service to our country lightly; that’s one reason why we want to provide them the best opportunity and education available.”
Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private, Christian, regionally accredited institution. The university offers online and campus-based bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Doctoral Studies, and College of Fine Arts and Production. Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of a Christian heritage.
“The faith that’s exhibited here is one of the reasons I wanted to come to Grand Canyon,” Burkert said. “That made it more than just a place to learn.”
Burkert also realizes that military students bring a lot to the program. “They are so driven and disciplined,” he said of the nearly 4,000 military students at GCU (out of 40,000). “We’ve got students as far away as Iraq and South Korea who are continuing their education. It’s amazing they can do such great work from the other side of the world.”
Grand Canyon University designs its programs for military service men and women who wish to begin or carry on this commitment of service. The school offers active and retired military personnel a variety of tuition and fee assistance for its graduate and undergraduate programs.
Grand Canyon University offers a special military rate per credit hour for Professional Studies and online students. To receive that rate, a student must provide a memorandum of understanding, supporting military documents, and a military ID card, a DD-214, or a letter from a commanding officer.
All active-duty servicemembers are authorized to participate in the tuition assistance program. This includes members of the Reserve Component who are activated under U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32.