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Educating the National Guard

CMU signs first Michigan National Guard agreement since 1972

Contact: CMU News

​Central Michigan University’s expansive military education program, which began in 1972, and today primarily services active service military bases and veterans, recently signed its first agreement in more than 40 years with the Michigan National Guard.

CMU and the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base signed a memorandum of understanding Friday, bringing CMU courses and programs to the base.

“CMU is honored to enter into an agreement with the base to meet the educational needs of our airmen," said Peter Ross, vice president of CMU’s Global Campus. "We have been fulfilling the educational needs of all branches of the service for more than 40 years and it is very exciting to have the Battle Creek guard base join us in delivering our range of academic degrees.”

CMU’s delivery of distance education began at two Michigan National Guard Air Force bases in 1972, Wurtsmith and Kincheloe. Since then, CMU’s military education program has grown to 20 military installations throughout the nation. Though guard members are enrolled at CMU locations, this agreement enables CMU to better serve this population by returning to a guard base.

“This new partnership holds the promise of steadily expanding the education of military service members,” said Battle Creek Air National Guard Base Wing Commander Col. Ronald Wilson.

The agreement with the National Guard base resulted from the signing of a law by Gov. Rick Snyder in June. The law authorized the program that restores a state tuition assistance program for active-duty Michigan National Guard members, making them eligible for reimbursement of up to $4,500 a year. 

“CMU is a national leader in meeting the educational needs of the guard, active duty servicemen and women and veterans," said Ross. “Our nationally ranked programs provide the leadership, administrative and management knowledge that is essential for advancement both during and after military service.”

CMU’s Global Campus, which oversees the university’s online programs, has nearly 50 locations in the U.S. and Canada. CMU has been a pioneer in distance learning since 1972, when it introduced educational opportunities for students and adults at satellite campuses in areas where they live and work.

CMU has been named to Military Advanced Education’s list of “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities” for the past six years. U.S. News and World Report also ranked CMU No. 1 for its online bachelor’s programs for veterans and No. 1 for its online Master of Arts in Education program for veterans.

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