Wichita State University and McConnell Air Force Base announced a partnership Thursday that will allow military personnel to work toward a bachelor’s degree while on base.
The program began Monday with the start of the fall semester. Military personnel can work toward any of seven degrees, including in business, engineering technology/cybersecurity, psychology and sociology.
Military members and veterans are underrepresented on college campuses, and the partnership is an attempt to address the issue.
“We are looking forward to bringing WSU’s programs directly to our Airmen,” Senior Master Sgt. Ian Evans, the KC-46 Transition Office superintendent, said in a statement.
WSU said it will hire an educational specialist to support the partnership. The specialist will provide academic, registration and eligibility information to prospective and current students from McConnell.
Tom Shine is director of news and public affairs at KMUW. Follow him on Twitter @thomaspshine.