For five consecutive years, Regent has been named a Top Military-Friendly University by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Advanced Education. In 2014 alone, the university received top-ten billing for both graduate and online programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. Behind these important accolades is a team dedicated to putting a high-quality, high-value Christian degree program easily into the hands of our nation’s service members and veterans. Leading that team is Dave Boisselle, Regent’s director for Military & Veterans Affairs. A retired naval officer, Boisselle himself is on the final leg of earning his Doctor of Strategic Leadership degree through Regent’s School of Business & Leadership, using the Post-9/11 GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program. Christian Leader sat down with Boisselle to learn what service members, veterans and spouses ought to consider when determining their top choices in earning a degree — whether bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral.
CL: Let’s start with the top question we’re asked: Why Regent?
DB: Regent’s values are a good fit for military and veteran students who are mission-oriented to something bigger than themselves. Every discipline you could study at Regent is delivered through a solid leadership perspective, with the added advantage of a Christian worldview.
CL: Aren’t all colleges and universities the same?
DB: Name any three colleges off the top of your head — what are their missions? Regent’s mission is clear and top-of-mind: to educate “Christian Leaders to Change the World.” That is why the university was founded and what we deliver. Our students want to make a positive difference.
CL: Why are “Christian leadership” and “values” important to my education and career?
DB: We see it all around us—a world in crisis. In this time in our history, “leadership” and “values” are needed, perhaps more than ever. Graduates of Regent are part of the solution, trained to be well-rounded educationally and to lead with courage and moral conviction.
CL: What does “military friendly” mean?
DB: As a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC), we provide maximum recognition of military training and experience. We also work with the dynamic and mobile nature of military careers, and are actively engaged during their matriculation, particularly with student veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.
CL: Why are military students a good “fit” ?
DB: Active duty and veterans who are students align with our emphasis on integrity, innovation and excellence. They also appreciate our programs, which are highly marketable, and our outstanding online options, which allow them maximum flexibility in their busy and mobile lives and careers. The quality of the degree you get at Regent, taking full advantage of every educational benefit, is second to none.
CL: Will my professor work with my operational schedule?
DB: Regent’s faculty members have worked with military students for many years and understand their dynamic work environments. Excellent communication between the student and the professor is key to success.
CL: Is a Regent education going to help me progress in my military career and beyond?
DB: Regent’s degrees have earned a well-deserved reputation for their excellence and the level of critical thinking attained by students, which is a top quality employers seek. Whether undergrad students choose to move right into graduate school or their career, Regent prepares them. Across the board, employers consistently recognize Regent graduates for their values, ethics, leadership and teamwork.
CL: What aid and benefits does Regent offer so I can afford my education?
DB: Regent is in the top 7 percent of most-affordable private Christian universities in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) for bachelor’s programs and offers excellent military and spouse financial aid, which could mean little to no out-of-pocket costs. Aid and benefits include Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), Free Transcript Request Service, and several partnerships that provide generous transfer and military experience. That’s just the beginning.