UConn's School of Business is included in a ranking of the top 60 business schools for veterans. This is the second year Military Times issued the ranking after surveying 140 colleges and universities.
The publication considered a number of factors, such as the type of MBAs offered, and whether the school accepts credits from college courses that veterans received while on active duty.
UConn made the list at number 42.
Mike Zacchea, an Iraq War veteran, and director of UConn's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities or EBV program, said the school has done a better job focusing on veterans since 2008. "There was a lot of change with regard to veterans' issues, and veterans coming back to the United States, and Connecticut in particular," he said. "I entered into a dialogue with School of Business administrators and university policy makers to talk about the needs of student veterans returning to campus after leaving the military."
UConn began the EBV program in 2010, joining a consortium of schools that offer start-up business training for veterans. Zacchea said there are several initiatives underway to strengthen how the university responds to student veterans.
In the last year, the school has created the Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, and expanded fall and spring tuition waivers for veterans to include courses during summer and winter. UConn has also waived all application fees for former service members.
Zacchea said the timing for these initiatives is crucial now that one million veterans are expected to leave the service over the next four years. "My guess is about one percent will be coming back to Connecticut," he said. "I think UConn has the opportunity to be part of the solution for returning veterans -- to be a peer leader among highly-ranked international research universities for veterans to come get an education."
Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also announced a plan to downsize the military to its smallest size since pre-World War II levels. Zacchea said many will be looking to enroll in college and enter the job market. The Malcolm Baldridge School of Business at Post University in Waterbury also made the Military Times list at number 57.