The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Commission on Military Education and Training presented National University with its 2003 Ray Ehrensberger Award, recognizing California's second largest private non-profit university for its institutional excellence in military education.
The award was given to National University in recognition of more than ten years of service to the military education community, during which time the University distinguished itself through innovative and dedicated contributions to the principles of adult military education and a commitment to lifelong learning within the U.S. military community.
"This is truly great news for National University and its reliable pledge to our service members seeking a quality education," said Douglas R. Barr, associate regional dean of National University's Military Base Program, who is based at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego.
While the cost of education has been rising at other private universities in California, National University has worked hard to keep the cost of education down on military installations, according Samuel Bagwell, an education service officer also serving at MCRD.
"Unbound by traditional concepts of time, location and duty requirements, National University provides the military community with vast opportunities for learning and achievement," said Mr. Bagwell, who nominated National University for the award. Nine of National University's 28 learning centers throughout California are located on military bases, including MCRD and seven others in San Diego County.
The Ray Ehrensberger Award is named after William Raymond ("Ray") Ehrensberger, who enjoyed a celebrated academic career with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in service to military education. UMUC was the first university to offer academic courses and degree programs at U.S. military bases abroad, send its faculty to teach in a war zone, and confer bachelor's degrees at US military installations overseas. Dr. Ehrensberger was with UMUC since its inception, initially as a faculty member in the late 1940s, then as dean of the program, and finally as UMUC' s first chancellor from 1970 until his retirement in 1975.
National University officials received the Ray Ehrensberger Award at a CMET ceremony in Detroit, MI on November 19. Previous recipients of the award include the University of Oklahoma, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Maryland.