Parkland College services for student veterans just earned a nationwide nod of approval.
The school was recently named to the Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business assisting military personnel with transitioning into civilian life.
The list is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
The annual list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are “doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus,” according to a Victory Media spokesperson.
“Inclusion to the 2013 list shows Parkland College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president of Victory Media and director for G.I. Jobs magazine. “We’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
Parkland College officials were equally thrilled with the designation.
“Being a military veteran myself, it’s an honor to help provide veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed,” said Tim Wendt, Parkland’s director of Financial Aid and Veteran Services. “Parkland College has always tried to be sensitive to the needs of our student veterans, and it supports the Student Veterans’ Association at Parkland, a chapter of Student Veterans of America, with its mission.”
Now in its fourth year, the Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. Complete survey methodology is available at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.
Military students visiting the Military Friendly Schools website can find the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help them find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The list also will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, which is distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. Additionally, Victory Media’s list is published in Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in national and local periodicals and frequently cited on national TV stations.
The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with help from an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.