Kennesaw State earns “Best for Vets” ranking from Military Times
Prestigious award by top veterans’ publication honors only 140 colleges nationwide KENNESAW,…
Georgia (Nov 10, 2014) — Prestigious award by top veterans’ publication honors only 140 colleges nationwide
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 10, 2014) — Kennesaw State University has been recognized among the nation’s top schools for veterans, according to Military Times magazine in its fifth annual “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” rankings released today. The University was one of only 140 schools nationwide to be honored by the publication.
The Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. The distinction recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans.
“Kennesaw State is honored to be recognized by Military Times, and we take great pride in knowing we are striving to do our best for veterans,” said Jerome Ratchford, vice president for Student Success. “Veterans Day reminds all of us of the sacrifices made by America’s men and women in uniform. This designation recognizes the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and countless volunteers dedicated to helping our nation’s veterans continue their education.”
Springfield, Va.-based Military Times, which comprises Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, evaluated myriad factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. Institutions were asked to complete a 141-question analysis of their complete offerings for veterans.
“Best for Vets” provides servicemen and servicewomen a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
In November 2009, Kennesaw State opened its Veterans Resource Center, a one-stop shop for veterans who wish to start or continue their college education. Part of Student Success Services, the Center counsels veterans on applying for educational benefits and assists with enrollment.
“The Veterans Resource Center continues to have a tremendous impact on our veteran student population,” said Bob Mattox, assistant dean and director of Student Success Services.
“Director Frank Wills and his team have helped to encourage and retain hundreds of veterans through their hard work, and they remain dedicated to the core mission of the Center.”
From 2007 through 2013, Kennesaw State experienced more than a 75 percent increase in the number of veterans enrolled. Currently, the University enrolls more than 1,000 veterans.
“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” said Amanda Miller, editor of “Best for Vets.” Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”
In addition to the Military Times ranking, the University has once again gained designation as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine. The honor recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the fourth year in a row KSU has been awarded the honor.
In compiling its ranking of the 2015 “Military Friendly Schools” list, G.I. Jobs surveyed student veterans to gauge their experiences in higher education. The magazine is published for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The survey, which relied on data regarding student veterans’ experiences at particular institutions, covered more than 10,000 schools nationwide.
For the full “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” rankings, go to www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2015. The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
For more information about Kennesaw State’s Veterans Resource Center, please visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/studentsuccess/veterans_resources/index.html
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.