Wilkes University Named a Military Friendly School for Eighth Consecutive Year
Wilkes University has once again been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine. It is the eighth consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the list, which honors the top 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 and after graduation.
More than 1,300 schools participated in the survey that is used to determine the ratings. 849 received the designation.
“The men and women who have served this great nation deserve our gratitude each and every day,” said Wilkes president Patrick F. Leahy. “We are honored to support veterans in their academic pursuits and thrilled to again be recognized for that commitment.”
The Military Friendly® School designation comes as a result of several veteran initiatives at Wilkes designed to aid in the transition to academic life:
- A dedicated veterans affairs counselor, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Kaster,
who works with veterans as they enroll at the University.
- The Wilkes Student Veterans Council, which provides programming to help members of
the military transition to the civilian world. Council members also support service
projects related to the military, such as sending care packages overseas.
- The Veterans Center of Excellence, located on campus in Conyngham Hall, which offers
a place where veterans can meet and study. Programs to assist veterans also are provided
at the center.
- The Inter-Organizational Veteran Educational Support Team (INVEST), which connects Wilkes and community partners who can help mitigate risk factors that hinder veteran persistence in higher education.
“These are just some of the programs that reflect Wilkes University’s commitment to members of our armed forces,” said Kaster. “I am proud to work for a university that continuously works to ensure that our veterans succeed.”
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. This is the first time that student survey data was also taken into consideration. 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.