For the sixth year in a row Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“We are honored to again receive this national recognition for our dedication to serving our nation’s veterans and military students at Cal State Long Beach. Veterans bring another level of exceptionalism to our university and their service is greatly respected on campus,” said Jane Close Conoley, president of CSULB. “….Our student veterans benefit from the fact that our Veteran’s Services Office is directed by an outstanding U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Dr. Marshall Thomas. As a veteran, Marshall knows first-hand the unique needs of veterans and he does an exemplary job matching these students with specific programs and services that are most likely to help them achieve their education goals.”
Veteran’s Services at CSULB serves as the student veterans benefit certification and advocacy office and assists veteran students in earning a degree. It helps veterans and their dependents access the educational benefits they earned by serving in the armed forces of the United States. It also certifies their eligibility for the G.I. Bill and the CalVet fee waiver and provides veterans with information about applying for admissions to CSULB.
According to the magazine, “These employers, schools, franchises and cities represent the top tier of institutions with leading opportunities for military service members and spouses.”
The Military Friendly Schools website features the list of schools, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
The common bond for schools on the list is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.
Now in its sixth year, the list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the list were independently verified.
Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.