Five universities were approved to provide academic instruction on Fort Hood in a Memorandum of Agreement between U.S. Army Garrison – Fort Hood and the colleges.
“Each of these schools have been approved to provide post-secondary courses on post,” Frances Judkins, education services specialist and college programs manager for the Fort Hood Soldier Development Center, said.
Central Texas College, Excelsior College, Texas A&M University – Central Texas, University of Maryland – Global Campus and Upper Iowa University were selected based on an official process where colleges could submit a proposal to operate on Fort Hood.
“As Fort Hood’s garrison commander, I am fully committed to supporting the personal and professional development needs of our total Army community,” Col. Jason Wesbrock, commander of U.S. Army Garrison – Fort Hood, said.
At Fort Hood this fiscal year, a total of 6,637 Soldiers have enrolled in 17,126 college classes with 87% using distance learning. The Soldiers have enrolled with 321 accredited academic providers, to include the five on-post MoA schools who are authorized to provide classroom-based instruction on Fort Hood.
While classes through the schools would normally be conducted at the Soldier Development Center, due to COVID-19, the classes will be primarily held virtually.
“All the courses that were normally done in the classrooms are now being done online,” Judkins said.
While CTC offers only undergraduate programs, EC, TAMU-CT, UMGC and UIU offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees programs. The colleges offer several degree programs to suit a variety of needs and degree plans.
CTC offers year-round freshman and sophomore year core courses on Fort Hood. Considering some core courses include science labs and other things that need to be in class, they are delivering a blended program.
“Program and classes that require an in-person component will be delivered as blended,” Regina Pomerlee, recruiter for CTC, said. “These courses combine face-to-face and online, and require certain scheduled activities on campus, or at a particular location, such as lectures, clinical or labs.”
EC has undergraduate degrees in criminal justice, health sciences, liberal arts – leadership and military leadership. The graduate programs include human resource management and organizational leadership.
Richard Hernandez, military education representative with EC, said the school has a rich history with distance learning courses, which has allowed them to support other institutions in providing online courses.
“The college also shined a light on the strong teaching model, robust courses, and the commitment of students. Confident in Excelsior’s place as a leader in online education, the college shares freely with other institutions so that everyone is stronger in the end,” he said. “This community pulls together for support, growth, appreciation and gratitude.”
TAMU-CT offers business affiliated degree programs, including business administration and applied arts and sciences.
“The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences provides a path to degree completion through a combination of business courses and credit service member’s military training and experience,” Robert Wells, military services coordinator with TAMU-CT, said.
UMGC’s undergraduate degrees include computer networks and cybersecurity, cybersecurity management and policy, homeland security, information systems management, digital media and web technology, software development and security, human resource management, and environmental management. The graduate degrees include transformational leadership, cybersecurity management and policy and cybersecurity technology.
“UMGC has grown to become the largest online public university in the nation, offering the choice of more than 90 programs and specializations,” Corwin Facey, military education coordinator with UMGC, said. “At Fort Hood, our BS in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity and BS in Human Resource Management are our most popular on-site degree programs.”
UIU offers self-paced degree programs. Undergraduate programs include business administration, psychology, public administration, social science, and nursing RN-BSN. Graduate programs include business administration and public administration.
“The self-paced program offers majors for students looking to earn their associates and bachelors,” Roderick Twymon, center coordinator and director of UIU at Fort Hood, said. “Self-paced courses offer students opportunities to learn in new ways and makes learning available to many who cannot attend a traditional class. Classes start the 1st day of each month.
All the schools offer financial support for military, with some also providing the same financial support for military spouses. They all credit the service member’s military training and experience toward their degree program.
“Our team of professionals at the Fort Hood Education Center do a phenomenal job of managing the installation’s Army Continuing Education System programs and services, to include our college programs,” Wesbrock said. “Through their efforts, they ensure the consistent availability of relevant programs of instruction that directly contribute to the growth and development of our Soldiers and their families.”
For more information, email Judkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call one of the colleges’ military coordinators.