Military Friendly® Schools Survey Opens for 2018

Now in its ninth year, the original, trusted survey evaluates education programs and helps colleges improve veterans’ success.

PITTSBURGH (May 16, 2017)—This week the 2018 Military Friendly® Schools survey opened to colleges, universities, online programs, community colleges and trade schools nationwide to help them assess and benchmark how Military Friendly® their policies and programs are for student veterans and military spouses. Military Friendly® Schools is a free resource for military families, helping them to research and make decisions about post-secondary programs that will lead to satisfying civilian careers.

Over the last nine years, the Military Friendly® Schools program has evolved significantly. The 2017 survey introduced the inclusion of publicly available data along with an initial qualifying benchmark. Public data is obtained from federal agencies including the Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs and Defense. Supplementing public data are responses to questions in several categories deemed critical to helping student veterans thrive on campus:

  • Academic Policies & Compliance
  • Admissions & Orientation
  • Culture & Commitment
  • Financial Aid & Loan Repayment
  • Graduation & Career Outcomes
  • Military Student Support & Retention

Military Friendly® ratings are determined by combining an institution’s Military Friendly® proprietary survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet minimum thresholds for indicators leading to positive outcomes for student veterans, including Student Retention, Graduation, Persistence, Job Placement and Loan Repayment rates. Awards will be given to the 2018 Military Friendly® Schools showcasing the most powerful and impactful programs supporting veteran and military students.

Participation in the survey and awards program is free, and all Military Friendly-designated institutions receive free use of the Military Friendly® Schools logo.

Surveys must be submitted no later than August 31 to be considered for the awards program and for publication of Military® Friendly Schools in the annual print guide, which is distributed for free in military transition classes and across U.S. military bases and communities worldwide.

Schools may request their free survey at www.militaryfriendly.com/startsurvey. Information about the Military Friendly® ratings for schools and employers can be found on www.militaryfriendly.com.

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About Military Friendly®:

Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. The Military Friendly® designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading organizations nationwide. Our proprietary survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers, and tested each year by EY based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and current recipients can be found at: militaryfriendly.com.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Suzanne Treviño (strevino@gcjpr.com) or Brian O’Malley (bomalley@gcjpr.com) at Gordon C. James PR, 602-274-1988.[/fusion_text]