Published: Feb 16, 2022
University of Phoenix has been recertified as an Arizona Veteran Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. The certification is awarded for a period of two years. The University received its inaugural certification in 2019.
Veterans and active duty military members often encounter unique challenges when transitioning to civilian workforce and seeking education, employment or career pathways.
“As a certified Arizona Veteran Supportive Campus, University of Phoenix has shown commitment to providing support to its student veterans, faculty and staff by instituting veterans’ programs, resources and awareness through the college,” states Wanda Wright, Director, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. “The overall impact of this results in a positive and successful educational experience for the student veterans and highlights University of Phoenix as an educational institution that recognizes the unique needs and strengths of veterans in higher education.”
As a certified Arizona Veteran Supportive Campus, University of Phoenix met Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services C.A.R.E. criteria that demonstrate its commitment to providing support to student veterans, and veteran faculty and staff, for a positive and successful education experience. The C.A.R.E. criteria are: Connect to the Culture, Ask the Right Questions, Respond Effectively, and Engage in Military/Veteran Community.
“Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services has taken the time to develop a well thought out set of standards which, when met, can help directly improve the educational journey and wellbeing of the student veterans of the great state of Arizona,” states Eric Ryan, Marine Corps veteran and senior director of Military Operations at University of Phoenix. “University of Phoenix is proud to continue our commitment to these standards with this recertification. We understand the sacrifices that come with military service and take great pride in providing passionate, well trained staff to serve these students who have served our country.”
University of Phoenix recognizes that flexible online educational programs and social supports are essential to student veterans and servicemembers. Student veterans enrolled with the University can take advantage of options including the availability of:
- Flexible course options: the University offers 5-6 week courses, with up to 18 opportunities a year to begin a bachelor’s degree;
- Mentoring opportunities: a mentorship agreement with American Corporate Partners helps University of Phoenix student veterans seeking to establish a mentor;
- Specially trained staff: all student-facing staff and campus outreach specialists who will work with military affiliated students on military specific topics complete specialized training, developed in coordination with PsychArmor Institute;
- Credit for military experience and training: student veterans can get their military experience evaluated for potential college credits.
- Support and community: current students can access a Military Resources platform with information about local and virtual events, scholarships, and other valuable tools.
- Mental wellness resources: University of Phoenix collaborates with Give an Hour, a national network of licensed providers offering free, confidential mental health services for military, veterans, and their loved ones.
University of Phoenix remains connected to the military community, maintaining relationships with Military Professional Associations to help support those association members and University of Phoenix students.