ASC Named to 2012 Military Friendly Schools List

2012 Military Friendly Schools logoAlfred State College is pleased to announce that G.I. Jobs, which recently announced its 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012list, has included Alfred State among its ranks. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

Colleges have long welcomed veterans in the classroom. Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson says that veterans bring a multitude of positive qualities to the campus, including “maturity, experience, and leadership.” He also notes that younger students can benefit from being in classes with veterans.

The Military Friendly Schools list is considered the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility, and overall experience.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans’ programs, credit for service, military spouse programs, and more.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research by the GI Jobs Military Friendly Schools Team. This research includes government agencies and private entities which administer education benefits and a comprehensive survey administered by GI Jobs.

A military friendly schools academic advisory panel consisting of five higher education administrators helps determine survey questions and weightings.

Research findings are compiled and weighted according to the following categories to determine final score:

  • 45% for certifications, programs, and policies, which measures a school’s non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students. This category includes things such as V.A.-approval to accept the GI bill, SOC membership, academic credit for CLEP and ACE, flexible learning programs, and much more.
  • 35% for financial commitment, which measures a school’s financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students. This category includes things like Yellow Ribbon program membership, tuition benefits, and % of overall recruitment budget allocated to recruiting military students.
  • 15% for a school’s results, or success, in recruiting military and veteran students. This category includes the number and % of military and veteran students enrolled.
  • 5% allocated to other categories including a school’s academic accreditations

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel. The Web site, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.