Edinboro University is again designated ‘Military Friendly School’ by Victory Media09/11/2013
Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, has again named Edinboro University to its coveted “Military Friendly Schools” list. EU has achieved this significant distinction for four consecutive years.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Edinboro University’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 announcement by Victory Media underscores the continued growth of Edinboro’s Fighting Scots Battalion ROTC program and the successful founding of the Veterans Success Center, which provides military veterans, current service members and their dependents with access to an affordable, high-quality education and comprehensive support services to meet the individualized and diverse needs of student veterans.
“Having this prestigious ranking demonstrates our commitment to providing the finest experience for our student veterans as they pursue their academic careers,” said Jay Breneman, director of EU’s Veterans Success Center. “Veterans have many obligations to balance as they transition from combat-ready to college-ready, and we at Edinboro will continue to work with our student veterans to better meet our mutual goals of a rewarding and enriching collegiate experience.”
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools ranking honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Edinboro University remains committed to giving both prior and future members of the military the support they need to have a high-quality educational experience on campus,” said Lieutenant Colonel Marc Beckage, professor of Military Science and director of Edinboro’s ROTC program. “The leadership of the University has made it a priority to ensure that our veterans receive all the assistance they require to access the academic benefits they have earned by their service in our military.”
Edinboro’s ROTC program currently has 135 students enrolled as cadets, including 82 freshmen, representing one of the largest ROTC populations in the University’s history.
As part of Edinboro’s ROTC program, the U.S. Army regularly commissions as second lieutenants the graduating ROTC cadets during pre-commencement ceremonies each year in December and May. After graduation, these commissioned officers have gone on to serve tours of duty at home and abroad, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I am very proud of initiatives that the leadership, staff and alumni of Edinboro University have made on behalf of their ROTC cadets,” LTC Beckage continued. “They understand that their efforts to support their ROTC program directly contribute to annual commissioning of highly competitive U.S. Army lieutenants who are ready to take charge and lead our nation’s soldiers.”
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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tuition funding. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Competition for the 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation was fierce, resulting in an elevation to the already stringent criteria.
A detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.
“Pursuing an academic career is an important and life-changing experience for so many, particularly for our men and women in uniform and those returning home from service,” Breneman added. “It is evident that Edinboro University recognizes our student veterans as true assets for our classrooms and our community.”