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KU Named Gold Status Military Friendly School

December 14, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse, has announced that Kutztown University has earned gold status as a 2017 Military Friendly School in the public, small school category.  KU is the only State System of Higher Education member to earn the gold designation.  The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, St. Francis and Temple Universities were also given gold status. 

A complete list can be found at http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/

KU was named a Military Friendly School in November, the added gold status was announced earlier this week. New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as "Military Friendly®" in November. Of those designated, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only "Are you Military Friendly®?" but "How Military Friendly® are you?"

"All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence," said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly® development. "They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers."  

Each year, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media's proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, "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. Military Friendly helps military 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." 

KU was also named a "Best for Vets" by Military Times in October.   

For more information about Kutztown University's commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.kutztown.edu/veterans. KU will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.