Sep 8, 2010

‘Military Friendly’ Colleges and Universities

G.I. Jobs Magazine recently announced a list of approximately 1000 postsecondary institutions it considers the most “Military Friendly” schools in the country. The results, largely based on school investment in veterans, were somewhat surprising considering the number of military personnel and installations located in the DC area.

Only American and George Washington earned the distinction in the District for nonprofit institutions. In Virginia, George Mason University, Hampden-Sydney College, Marymount, Northern Virginia Community College, Old Dominion University, Regent University, and the College of William and Mary Graduate School of Business made the list of nearby schools offering the best education, value, and welcome to veterans. And in Maryland, Hood College, Salisbury University, McDaniel College, Stevenson University, and UMUC were among the 4-year nonprofits considered “military friendly.”

“We look for schools that offer military discounts, scholarship programs, [and] credit for military training,” said Dan Fazio, G.I. Jobs’ managing editor. “[Also] are they a Yellow Ribbon school?”

The Military Friendly Schools list is compiled using survey research as well as input from government agencies and private entities admnistering education benefits. A panel of experts assigned weight to each of the following categories:

• Certifications, programs and policies suggesting a school’s non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students. This category includes VA-approval to accept the GI Bill SOC membership, academic credit for CLEP and ACE, and flexible learning programs (45%).
• Financial commitment to efforts to recruit and retain these students. This includes Yellow Ribbon program membership, tuition benefits, and percent of overall recruitment budget allocated to recruiting military students (35 percent).
• The number and percent of military and veteran students currently enrolled (15 percent).
• Other miscellaneous considerations including academic accreditations (5 percent).

In short, the schools making the list are mainly those that have made an investment to reach out to and enroll military and veteran students.

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