MAGNOLIA – G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Southern Arkansas University the designation of “Military Friendly School.”
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. This is the third consecutive year for SAU be included on the list.
“We are honored to be recognized as a Military Friendly School,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “There is no way we can completely repay the sacrifice that our service members make every day to protect our freedoms. As a small token of our gratitude, we will continue to do everything possible to ease the transition between military life and higher education and to help these men and women be successful in the classroom.”
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.
Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”
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 extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide.