President Obama issued an executive order on April 27 aimed at protecting educational benefits for veterans in light of recent allegations about predatory schools with abusive and deceptive recruiting tactics, poor graduation rates and suspect academic credibility. The Military Friendly Schools® list is offering to help the government by sharing its extensive and proprietary research data on veterans in school to help identify behaviors that define the bad actors and lead to reform.
“Our list has always been out in front, helping veterans better understand their education options. We invest heavily in research, collecting data on everything from graduation rates to academic accreditations and next year, post-education employment figures. Most importantly, we have always encouraged schools to behave in a manner that most benefits veterans,” said Sean Collins, Vice President of Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business which researches and publishes the list.
“Military Friendly Schools® is the only known list of institutions which possesses and measures student outcome data, graduation rates and student veteran support services in defining standards of excellence. We have long used this data along with their academic accreditation in determining which schools are military friendly,” said Susan T. Meyer, Director of MSBA Programs, College of Business, Colorado State University and a Military Friendly Schools® Advisory Board member.
The 2013 list, which will be released in September, is making additional changes aimed at preventing overly aggressive recruiting tactics. “For years, we have made it known which schools have an inordinately high percentage of military students. Previously we viewed that as a good thing for veterans. However, some high percentage veteran schools have seemingly been established solely to take advantage of military tuition assistance and GI Bill funding. So this year, we are curbing those schools’ chances of making the list by refining our point system in regard to optimum veteran enrollment,” said Collins. “Next year, we also plan to incorporate post-graduation employment rates and government reported infractions.”
The Military Friendly Schools® list is also the first known entity, government or private, to measure student and alumni feedback, which began last year and will be incorporated into this year’s list results. The list, published annually in “The Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” which also includes articles important to student veterans, has long been a critical tool in creating awareness for veterans and their families about colleges and schools.
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About the Military Friendly Schools® list
Announced annually in September, the Military Friendly Schools© list represents the colleges and vocational/tech schools which offer the best support, flexibility and value for our nation’s active duty military and veterans pursuing an education. The list, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, currently measures ten criteria including veteran student support, academic accreditation, percent of veterans in the student body, academic credit for military service, flexibility, graduation rates, government approvals, tuition discounts, student veteran satisfaction and military spouse policies. The list is compiled by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business which has been the leader in military friendly ratings and post-military success since 2001. Victory Media also compiles the Military Friendly Employers® and Military Friendly Franchises® lists annually.
For futher information or interviews contact:
BP Media Relations for Victory Media
Barbara Pflughaupt – (212) 707-8181 or Judee Cohen – (917) 721-0663