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Edinboro University is again designated ‘Military Friendly School’ by Victory Media

‘Veterans Success Center’ to be established

09/17/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has again named Edinboro University to the coveted “Military Friendly Schools” list.

The renewed designation coincides with Edinboro’s plans to create a new Veterans Success Center.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools 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. Edinboro University also achieved this significant distinction the previous three years.

“We are honored to once again receive this designation,” said Edinboro President Julie E. Wollman. “We are proud of our veterans and in our commitment to serve them in the next phase of their lives.”

Monday’s announcement by Victory Media, Inc., underscores Edinboro’s efforts to create a new Veterans Success Center to further expand upon the University’s services to veterans, from recruitment to assisting in veterans’ transition to civilian life. The VSC will be staffed by a Veterans Success Coordinator.

“As a comprehensive university, Edinboro offers a wide array of programs for veterans from associate through master's degrees,” said Interim Provost Michael Hannan. “Edinboro will be uniquely positioned in the region to offer specialized assistance and resources to our veteran students, from the services of a dedicated veterans support coordinator, to nationally recognized disability support services, if needed, to a welcoming and caring faculty focused on their academic success.”

Hannan added that Edinboro University “is proud to be recognized as a military friendly school and is prepared to live up to the service and academic quality characteristics inherent in that recognition.”

University officials also pointed to the recent growth of Edinboro’s Fighting Scots Battalion ROTC program. Currently, Edinboro has 150 students enrolled as ROTC cadets, including 70 freshmen representing one of the largest incoming ROTC classes 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. 

“The honor of  being designated a ‘Military Friendly School’ for the fourth year is indicative of Edinboro’s commitment to assisting veterans in their  transition into civilian life and into higher education as evidenced by the new Veteran’s Success Center,” said Lieutenant Colonel James Marshall, Professor of Military Science and director of Edinboro’s ROTC program. “In addition, the Edinboro Army ROTC Fighting Scots Battalion has enjoyed record growth over the past several years, increasing in size by over 150 percent. I attribute much of this growth to Edinboro University’s investment in the ROTC program to include scholarships, remodeled facilities, dedicated classrooms, and unfettered access to athletic facilities.”

Edinboro currently provides veterans with assistance in preparing forms and required paperwork, along with financial aid, transfer credits and disability services. The University’s staff is highly trained in providing returning veterans with a smooth and seamless transition to higher education. That process will be enhanced even further with the new Veterans Success Center.

“Our new Veterans Success Center will serve as a centralized point from which current and prospective student veterans can locate University resources that will help them have a successful collegiate experience,” said Dr. Jody Gallagher, Director of Career Development and Adult Student Services. “The University already offers a variety of resources and support services, but until now they have not been in one centralized location.”

Dr. Gallagher said that in developing the Veterans Success Center, University officials consulted with representatives of the Veterans’ Center in Erie, the Veterans Administration, and alumni retired from military service “to get advice on how best to serve the needs of student veterans.” She said the Veterans Success Center will also provide Edinboro’s student veterans with a location of their own to meet with fellow student veterans. “It will be a place for them.”

Being named a “Military Friendly School” underscores Edinboro’s long-standing support of veterans.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Edinboro University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Complete survey methodology is available at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

The Military Friendly Schools website at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the complete list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.

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. These schools, including Edinboro University, are making the grade by not only offering, but prioritizing services to those who served.

Dr. Robert McConnell, Director of Edinboro’s Office for Students with Disabilities, was not surprised with the University once again being named a Military Friendly School.

McConnell, who works with a number of disabled veterans on campus, said, “Edinboro has a lot to offer veterans. We make sure that vets, because of their own unique circumstances, don’t have barriers placed before them and benefit from the services Edinboro has to offer.”

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. 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 the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured Nov. 9 during the Carrier Classic college basketball game between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating universities are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven, Military Friendly lists can be found at www.gijobs.com/2012Top100,  www.militaryfriendlyschools.com and www.militaryfranchising.com. Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in national and local periodicals, and are frequently cited by national and local media outlets.