Kennesaw State University has been recognized among the nation’s top schools for veterans, according to Military Times magazine in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings released today. The University was one of only 120 schools nationwide to be honored by the publication.
The Military Times “Best for Vets” distinction recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans.
“This is a true honor for Kennesaw State and one in which we take great pride,” said Jerome Ratchford, vice president for Student Success. “Coming as it does on 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.”
Military Times, which comprises Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year, including a 150-question analysis of a school’s 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 2010, 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.
“In the short time that the Veterans Resource Center has been in operation, it has had a tremendous impact on our students,” said Bob Mattox, assistant dean and director of Student Success Services.
“Our director, Frank Wills, and his team are dedicated to the mission of the center, and through their hard work, we have attracted and retained hundreds of veterans to campus.”
From 2007 through 2012, Kennesaw State experienced a 73 percent increase in the number of veterans enrolled. Currently, the University enrolls more than 1,000 veterans.
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 15 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 third year in a row KSU has been awarded the honor.
In compiling its ranking of the 2014 “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 12,000 schools nationwide.
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