Webster University: Four Decades of Serving the Military

| November 10, 2014
Webster's History of Military Education

Webster University offers in-class and online classes to service members, veterans, their families, government civilians and government contractors on 39 military installations in the United States.

Forty years ago, at the request of the United States military, Webster opened a location at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and offered courses directly to the men and women serving on the post. Almost at the same time, Webster University opened locations at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and a bit later at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. These programs provided military personnel access to quality higher education on base/post.

Today, Webster University offers in-class and online classes to service members, veterans, their families, government civilians and government contractors on 39 military installations in the United States. Our 40 years of delivering unmatched academic quality and military student support has consistently ranked Webster University as one of the country’s most military-friendly institutions of higher education in the country.

“Given the complexity of the world and the value of an education in any profession, higher education is absolutely critical for all service members,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, 2nd Infantry Division Commander and a ’86 Webster graduate with a master’s in management. “An officer should strive to complete a master’s degree, and for many NCOs, a bachelor’s degree is a goal that they should strive for in order to remain competitive with their peers.”

Flexibility, Market-Responsive Programs

Vandal said his master’s in management afforded him the perspective in dealing with challenges as a leader in the U.S. Army. “Many of the courses that I took had a direct application to my leadership position, not just the business classes.”

He added that Webster’s program also offered him the flexibility needed to complete the program while being on active duty. He had to skip a semester of courses due to a deployment, but was able to easily make up the units later by doubling up on units when his schedule permitted.

“Obtaining an advanced degree is important to those serving in uniform, as education not only means a better chance for promotion, but it also helps prepare our service members for life after the military,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret), associate vice president for Military & Government Programs and head of Webster University’s Office of Military Affairs.

Read the full feature story at webster.edu, with more about Webster’s history of military education, including the latest programs like the MA in Cybersecurity.

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