ASU Retains ‘Military Friendly’ Gold Status
May 24, 2018
For the 10th consecutive year, Angelo State University has been designated a “Military Friendly® School” by Victory Media (VIQTORY), which comprises several magazines and websites, including G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse, that serve military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
ASU has also received a Gold Award for scoring in the top 20 of the 122 institutions in the Small Public University category that were awarded the “Military Friendly® School” designation for 2018-19. Since the additional superlative awards program began three years ago, ASU earned a Silver Award for 2017 and Gold Awards for 2018 and 2018-19.
The 2018-19 Military Friendly® Schools list honors the top U.S. institutions of higher education that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their dependents as students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
“Receiving this Gold Medal Award is the result of a true team effort at ASU,” said Susan Williams, director of affiliated military and veteran services. “It proves that our entire university has worked hard to get to the top of the game in terms of ‘serving those who have served.’”
The institutions on the 2018-19 list were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 8,800 U.S. schools were eligible, but only 941 were awarded the “Military Friendly® School” designation for 2018-19. Final ratings were determined by combining each institution’s survey scores with an assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students – and specifically for student veterans.
Daniel Nichols, chief product officer for Victory Media, said, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans.”
ASU’s programs for military and veteran students are overseen by the Office of Affiliated Military and Veteran Services, which is housed in the Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.
The complete list of Military Friendly® Schools with links to school profiles is available online at MilitaryFriendly.com and will also be published in the May 2018 issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.