For Immediate Release
August 18, 2010
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Brockport, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, was named a “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs magazine for the second year in a row. 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.
"We are pleased that The College at Brockport has again been given this honor,” said Scott Atkinson, assistant vice president of enrollment management. “We are proud of our military students, be they ROTC, veterans or serving on active duty. We are thankful for what they have done for our country and that we are able to return the favor in this small way.” The tens of billions of dollars in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.
“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, GI Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The 'Military Friendly Schools' list is that trusted friend.”
Schools named to the 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 starting last April during which GI Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of college educators; as well as Keith Wilson,, VA’s director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for CLEP and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America. View the full list of board members.
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 in late September. The newly redesigned 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. The site currently shows 2010 Military Friendly Schools, but will switch to the 2011 list in late September. 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.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 * www.brockport.edu