Campus Efforts to Create a Welcoming Environment for Veterans Recognized
The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list.
Innovations in Policy and Practice at Evergreen
Evergreen is becoming widely recognized as a leader in working to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for student veterans.
- Evergreen has an established Veterans Support Working Group made up of students, staff and faculty -- and a Student Veteran Organization.
- The Evergreen State College organized the first ever regional higher education summit on veterans’ needs, experiences and retention. War and the Soul: Creating Healing Academic Communities for Our Nation’s Veterans
- Annual events include a Fall Quarter Veterans Reception in which a Veterans Medallion is presented to all identified incoming veterans in recognition of their service, a tradition of celebration of Veterans Day for the past 17 years, and Memorial Day recognition efforts including distribution of thousands of Memorial Day poppies.
- Evergreen also aims to attract veterans and their dependents through recruitment efforts, outreach and tuition waivers year round for qualifying veterans and veterans’ dependents.
The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through a survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/advisory-board/.
A detailed list of Military Friendly Schools ® is 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 early October. The website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.
G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.