Military Speaker Series: Follow Up

Elevate Your Military Cultural Competence: A Speaker's Panel

In honor of military appreciation month, Ashford University hosted a military speaker event on May 24 titled “Elevate Your Military Cultural Competence: A Student Panel.” The panel discussion featured current Ashford military students and alumni with a military status or affiliation. Read the panelist bio's HERE


Hosted at Ashford’s Sunroad headquarters in San Diego, the event was attended by nearly 70 guests and was viewed online by more than 100 participants. The military speaker series provided an opportunity for local students, faculty, and staff to hear firsthand accounts of life as a military student. Panelists also shared knowledge on special services, groups, or accommodations catering to the military community. The focus of the discussion was exploring military culture and excelling in meeting the needs of military students.


Also in attendance was special guest speaker Dr. Richard Pattenaude, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army, Ashford University’s president emeritus, and a professor of political science at Ashford. The panel was moderated by Thad Trapp, U.S. Marine Corps Ret. and Ashford divisional vice president.


Marianne Perez, Media Relations Manager

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Ashford Named "Best for Vets: Colleges 2016"

We are proud and honored to be recognized as a Top Military Friendly School! Schools were evaluated in five categories:


  • academic outcomes/quality,
  • university culture,
  • student support,
  • academic policies and
  • cost and financial aid.
We were able to earn this ranking due to all of your hard work and dedication. We thank you for attending the Military Speaker Series to continue to elevate your Military Cultural Competency, which will only continue to better serve our military students in the above mentioned categories.


Click here to see our ranking among other schools

Click here to learn about the methodology

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: Ashford University’s Military Student Population

As of fall 2014, military affiliated (MA) students or students who serve in our military, their spouses, as well as students who are employed by our nation’s armed services comprise 26% of Ashford University’s total student enrollment. With approximately 15,000 students who fall into this category taking courses and seeking degrees at Ashford, it is imperative that these students and their families have the resources and support that they need to be academically successful.


Read the full article HERE

Understanding Military Culture

The Military Module in the NFE (New Faculty Experience) is not only intended for new faculty. This in depth module discuses:


  • Military Students
  • Military Terminology
  • Unique Circumstances
  • How Faculty Can Help
  • Military Friendly
  • Academic Policies
  • Resources and
  • Scenarios
This is a helpful interactive module that raises awareness, provides guidance, and ....??(help)


FOR FACULTY: Please click here to explore this interactive module.


FOR STAFF: This course is now published in DevelopU. Anyone can search for the course “Culturally Competent Interaction Between Faculty and Military Students,” by typing NFE, military, faculty, culturally, etc. in the Search box in the upper right hand corner. Once you locate the course you can click on it and choose Request.


DevelopU will then add the course to the transcript where the course can then be launched. Once the course has been viewed the user can request it again or access it in the completed section of their transcript.