By Randy Bruce
September 18, 2013
DURANT - Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Southeastern Oklahoma State University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list for the second consecutive year.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Southeastern is proud to be recognized as a military-friendly campus for the second year in a row,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “The University provides assistance to veterans and their dependents in a variety of areas, including applying for admission and financial aid and understanding their VA education benefits. Additional resources available include career counseling and tutoring. In essence, we make every effort to assist our veterans as they work to reach their goals in higher education.’’
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Southeastern’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.“The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.
Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.