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    G.I. Jobs Lists School of Leadership as a Top Military Friendly School

    Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA), has again been named by G.I. Jobs to its 2012 Top Military Friendly Schools list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This marks the fourth consecutive year that SLPA has made the list.

    The Military Friendly Schools list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. It is especially important for veterans because the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill provides virtually unlimited financial means to attend school.

    At Duquesne, most veterans and members of the military are enrolled in SLPA, which offers master’s degrees and accelerated bachelor’s degrees in formats convenient for adult students. Classes are available on Saturdays on campus, entirely online and at military installations in Moon Township and at Fort Indiantown Gap. Special military scholarships are provided for service members and eligible veterans, depending on the type of education benefits. Duquesne is also a participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program.

    Veterans are valued in the classroom because of their high degree of maturity, diversity, leadership and worldliness, said Dr. Dorothy Bassett, dean of SLPA. “Other students and faculty benefit from the different perspectives and life experiences that veterans bring,” Bassett said.

    “It is our duty to honor the sacrifices made by all veterans,” added Don Accamando, director of military programs. “We go to great lengths to offer personalized service to each of the more than 225 veteran students seeking graduate and undergraduate degrees in SLPA. Our team of dedicated professionals ensures that each veteran is properly certified, financially supported and personally advised. It is this team approach that ensures success from application to graduation.”

    Earning the Military Friendly distinction again verifies SLPA’s commitment and validates the mission to serve those who have served, according to Accamando. Duquesne embraces veterans from all service branches and commands, active duty, guard and reserve.

    “Their life lessons help color the landscape of our classrooms and enrich the student experience,” Accamando said. “In a way, the veteran mission mirrors the Duquesne mission of giving back. That’s what veterans do when they serve, they place others before self.”

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.