The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) has signed an educational agreement with Excelsior College that will allow its members to pursue a college degree at a reduced rate.
Under the agreement, EANGUS members will be able to pursue degrees or certificates from any of Excelsior’s five schools: Business and Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Public Service. In total, the College offers more than 30 individual degree programs.
“EANGUS is excited and pleased to continue our relationship with Excelsior College. Education is extremely important to our membership, and because of that, EANGUS continues to fight for education benefits for the National Guard on Capitol Hill,” commented acting executive director Bryan Birch, “Our partnership with Excelsior strengthens our voice on Capitol Hill and gives our members the opportunity to attend a great military friendly higher education institution.”
The non-profit Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States represents the interests of the largest enlisted reserve component association, incorporated in 1970. Headquartered in Alexandria Virginia, EANGUS has chapters in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Their membership is in the 30,000 range for ages 18 – 40 and 15,000 for over 40 with both military and veteran members.
Established in 1971, Excelsior has a long and successful history of providing education to servicemembers and veterans. The school is annually ranked as a top “military-friendly” College by G.I. Jobs magazine and was recognized with an Institutional Award by the Council of College and Military Educators’ (CCME). In 2011, CCME recognized Dewan with the William E. Kennedy Award for leadership in providing higher education programs to personnel at U.S. military installations. Excelsior President Ebersole is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award in 2010 for his leadership in contributing to the Army’s educational mission.
Excelsior College, through its Center for Military Education, also participates in the Distance Learning Partnerships with Army programs. Through this program, Excelsior partners with the College of the American Soldier, Enlisted Education Program, GoArmyEd, the Army National Guard Education Support Center, and Air Force programs such as Air University – the AU-ABC Program. Excelsior College representatives are located at or near many of the Army and Air installations across the United States.
Among the more than 39,000 currently enrolled students at Excelsior, over 15,000 are active-duty personnel or veteran status. And, of the more than 4,600 Excelsior graduates in the 2013-2014 academic year, 34 percent were members of the U.S. military.
The College offers an extensive range of academic support programs and services tailored to veterans, including career counseling, financial counseling on veteran benefits, and an online veteran center with vet-to-vet mentorship. Many financial aid and academic advisors at Excelsior are veterans themselves.
Beyond a robust array of online educational programs and an extensive range of support services tailored to the military and veteran communities, the College also offers UExcel, an extensive credit-by-examination program that provides an additional way to earn credit towards degree completion.
For more on the educational agreement, including tuition, fee, and Financial Aid information, visit the official partnership page.