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WKU ranked No. 1 in Kentucky, No. 7 in nation in ‘Best for Vets’ list

WKU is ranked No. 1 in Kentucky and No. 7 among four-year schools in the nation in the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings.

best for vets listing 2014“We are so proud to serve our nation’s heroes and their family members here at WKU,” said Tonya Archey, director of Military Student Services. “In the Office of Military Student Services we are veterans helping veterans and I think our determination to help our students succeed is evident in our growing student population. I would love to see our Army and Air Force ROTC programs grow in number over the next few months, as well as the participation in our Student Veterans Alliance. I highly encourage students to seek out these programs and get involved.”

Military Times, an organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans. The full rankings, released on Veterans Day, are available online at http://www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2014

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

Among the programs WKU offers to its growing population of more than 2,000 active duty military, veterans and their family members are Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Military Student Services, a Student Veterans Alliance, a Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Upward BoundOffice of Veterans Affairs and programs at WKU’s Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus.

A new addition this fall is CanDoo, a facility dog shared by Military Student Services and the Kelly Autism Program.

The Veterans Resource Center, located in Tate Page Hall 408, also hosts the Textbooks For Troops program, which this semester has more than $49,000 worth of free textbooks available. The program lends textbooks each semester to eligible military, veterans and their family members. Books are loaned out to students at all WKU locations, or shipped across the globe to our military students taking distance learning courses. A benefit auction for the Textbooks For Troops program will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center.

Best for Vets provides service men and women 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.

The rankings are published in full in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition, and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

The top 30 four-year schools, top 10 online and nontraditional schools, and top 10 two-year schools are compared in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Veterans Day.

Military Times’ series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings include: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.

The Veterans Day release of Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 coincides with several Military Times initiatives to celebrate service members. The #MyVeteran social media/online campaign allows people to post pictures, videos and stories about a veteran in their lives. Editors’ picks, along with a Made in the USA holiday gift guide, appear in the issues of the Military Times papers on newsstands the week of Nov. 11.

About Military Times: The Military Times newsweeklies and digital platforms are the trusted source for independent news and information for service members and their families. The military community relies on Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times for reporting on everything important to their lives, including: payroll, benefits, finance, education, health care, recreational resources, retirement, promotions, product reviews and entertainment. Military Times is published by Gannett Government Media. For more information, visit www.militarytimes.com.

About Gannett Government Media: Gannett Government Media was established in 1940 as the Army Times Publishing Company, an independent publishing company reporting on military news and information. Since then, the company has expanded into defense and government news, and has launched or acquired more than 13 periodicals and extended its brand globally into the online and broadcasting arenas. Gannett Government Media is a subsidiary of Gannett Co. Inc. For more information, visit www.gannettgovernmentmedia.com.

About Gannett: Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people — and the companies who want to reach them — with their interests and communities. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.

Contact: Christine Aquino, (703) 658-8339; or Tonya Archey, (270) 745-5837.

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