In recognition of support to student veterans, Rowan named to Military Friendly Schools list

In recognition of support to student veterans, Rowan named to Military Friendly Schools list

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Rowan University has been named a 2017 Military Friendly School.

The University will be included in the 2017 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, published annually by Victory Media.

Military Friendly Schools is the most comprehensive resource for veterans today and provides service members and their families with information about the best colleges, universities, and trade schools that provide training and education needed to pursue civilian careers.

Rowan’s Veterans Affairs Office works in concert with other University offices, including the Wellness Center, to provide services to the University’s veterans. Nearly 500 deployed, reserve or retired veterans, as well as dependents using GI Bill benefits, receive assistance from the Veterans Affairs Office at Rowan.

“We are committed to providing our veteran students and their dependents with the educational and emotional supports they need to gain an extraordinary education at Rowan University,” Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand said. “We are honored that they have chosen Rowan to earn their degrees as they transition to civilian life.”

According to Victory Media, institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and survey responses. More than 1,700 schools participated in the survey and 1,273 received the Military Friendly School designation.

Working with the Military Friendly Advisory Council, which includes independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment communities, final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey schools with an assessment of the university’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence, and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans, according to Victory Media.

Rowan exceeded the benchmark standards by 50 percent or more in areas of admissions and orientation and culture and commitment, according to Victory Media. The ratings can be found at http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/rowan-university/.

Rowan also was named a Military Friendly School in 2015.

This year, the Veterans Affairs Office, an office of the Academic Success Center in the Division of Student Life, instituted Stars and Stripes Training to better inform the University community about issues specific to student veterans. Faculty members, administrators, professional staff members and students can complete Stars and Stripes Training at http://www.rowan.edu/InstructionalMedia/wellness/vatraining/vatraining.htm.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” says Daniel Nichols, chief product officer at Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

“Military Friendly helps families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”