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November 23, 2015
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs℠ and Military Spouse.
The designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success, both in the classroom and after graduation.
“We are committed to our military and veteran student population and this designation helps us in recruiting excellent students from around the country,” said Kerry Thompson, military and veteran coordinator and regional advisor at EOU’s center in Hermiston.
Now in its seventh year, the original Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. Institutions vying for the title completed a survey of over 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success.
“The support from our provost, registrar and other student service offices is outstanding and ensures we are offering the best resources for our military and veteran students,” Thompson added.
Survey data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based on the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members is available at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.
The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to be much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
EOU will be showcased with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and at MilitaryFriendly.com.
Earlier this month, EOU also made the list of Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings of online and nontraditional schools compiled and published by Military Times.
For more information about the university’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.eou.edu/veterans.
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