Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner announced that Muskingum University is one of 33 institutions of higher education to join the first class of Collegiate Purple Star campuses. The Collegiate Purple Star recognizes colleges and universities in Ohio that are supportive and inclusive of military-connected students.
“It is an honor to have Muskingum University named a Collegiate Purple Star campus and be recognized for our efforts in supporting military/veteran students,” President Susan S. Hasseler said. “Through our undergraduate, degree completion, and graduate programs, we offer many opportunities for military-connected students to earn a degree.”
In March, the Ohio Department of Higher Education unveiled the Collegiate Purple Star Award. With that announcement, Ohio became the first state in the nation to adopt a Collegiate Purple Star designation.
“I am pleased to have Muskingum University as one of the nine independent colleges and universities earning the first Collegiate Purple Star designation,” Chancellor Gardner said. “Muskingum’s Office for Veteran Services does a great job as the single point of contact serving those military-connected students who have served their country.”
According to ODHE, the criteria for being chosen as a Purple Star college or university include having a dedicated military/veteran point of contact and/or office on campus, establishing priority registration for veterans and servicemembers, surveying student veterans and servicemembers – along with spouses and dependents – about needs and challenges, and allowing for the establishment of student-led groups and organizations for veterans and servicemembers.
Click here to access the University’s Office for Veterans Services.