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August 2009

Release Date: Aug. 17, 2009ASU Logo

Angelo State Earns ‘Military Friendly’ Designation

G.I. Jobs magazine has named Angelo State University to its national list of “Military Friendly Schools,” counting ASU among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Magazine representatives released the list Monday (Aug. 17) to recognize state universities, private colleges, community colleges and trade schools whose common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. The availability of new federal dollars in tuition money through the recent passage of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.

“This is excellent recognition for Angelo State,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “and the timing could not be better with the implementation of the new G.I. Bill. We look forward to helping both active duty personnel and veterans meet their higher education needs.”

The recognition by G.I. Jobs magazine marks the third time in the past six weeks that Angelo State has received attention from national publications. In July the Chronicle of Higher Education named ASU one of its 2009 “Best Colleges to Work For” and Princeton Review named the university to its prestigious “Best 371 Colleges” for 2010.

G.I. Jobs Publisher Rich McCormack said, “This list is especially important now because the recently enacted post-9/11 G.I. Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school. Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting in May when G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory committee consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute.

A full story and detailed list of military friendly schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in September. A new Web site (www.militaryfriendlyschools.com) will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students plus academic accreditations.

G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business headquartered in Pittsburgh. The company also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines. Each year the company also rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”