Wilkes University Earns Military Schools® Designation For Seventh Consecutive Year
Wilkes University has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine. It is the seventh consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students to ensure their success on campus and after graduation.
Wilkes has worked to ensure a smooth transition to academic life through a number of initiatives, including having a dedicated veterans affairs counselor, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Kaster, to work with them when they come to the University. In addition, Kaster established a campus organization, the Wilkes University Student Veterans Council, to provide additional support. The group provides programming to help members of the military transition the civilian world. Its members also support service projects related to the military, such as sending care packages to soldiers.
A Veterans Center of Excellence was opened in 2015 on campus in Conyngham Hall, providing a place for veterans to meet and study. Programs to assist veterans also are provided at the center. The University created the Inter-Organizational Veteran Educational Support Team (INVEST). The project, a collaborative effort between Wilkes University and community partners designed specifically to mitigate risk factors that hinder veteran persistence in higher education. Community partners include AMVETS, the VA Hospital, Veterans Center of Scranton and Tri-Vets Community Action Center, among others. INVEST will ensure the university and community veterans achieve at the highest level.
“These programs reflect Wilkes’ commitment to veterans and are what has earned Wilkes the Military Friendly® Schools designation,” Kaster said. “The University continuously works to ensure that veterans succeed and has academic and co-curricular programs in place to assist them. I am proud to continue to serve our veterans as a professor and the Veteran Counselor at Wilkes.”
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 as indicated by degree advancement or transfer and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
For more information about Wilkes University’s commitment to attract and support military students, visit the University Web site at www.wilkes.edu.!