For the seventh consecutive year, WKU has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
WKU serves more than 2,000 active duty military, veterans and their family members.
“WKU hosts the largest population of military students of all the four-year public universities in the state of Kentucky,” said Tonya Archey, director of Military Student Services. “We have the only Veterans Upward Bound program in the state, an award-winning Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program, and a dedicated office to serve more than 800 students utilizing the GI Bill. All of these programs serve a specific purpose and sub-population of our military community. Program services do not overlap.”
WKU Military Student Services began in 2011 with the mission to provide personalized support for all military, veterans and dependents. Earlier this year, WKU opened a Military Student Services center at the Glasgow campus to serve students there.
WKU’s Military Student Services hosts the Textbooks For Troops program, the largest scholarship program of its type in the nation that has assisted more than 1,200 students with free textbooks/resources since 2011 to eligible military, veterans and their family members enrolled at all WKU locations, or shipped across the globe to our military students taking distance learning courses.
WKU MSS also provides other services, including support and guidance with GoArmyEd and tuition assistance requests for all branches of the military; a Veterans Resource Center, a dedicated space for military, veterans and dependents located at Tate Page Hall 410 on the Bowling Green campus. The Student Veteran Alliance, a coalition of student veterans helping each other succeed, uses the space for monthly meetings, as well.
“Members of our growing Student Veteran Alliance are preparing to attend their national conference which serves to educate and motivate them to further their educational and career goals,” Archey said. “As a military veteran, I’ve walked in their shoes both from a military standpoint and a college student’s standpoint. That unique perspective allows us to better serve our students with all their needs. Student needs vary and we stay extremely busy serving such a large population.”
WKU also offers unique services to our military students that are not available at any other university in Kentucky: a discounted tuition rate of $250 per credit hour to all active duty, reserve, and National Guard members; and the only therapy dog, CanDoo.
WKU also hosts an Office of Veterans Affairs and provides programs for active duty military, veterans and their family members at the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus. For information about the programs offered at WKU, visit www.wku.edu/military or www.wku.edu/veterans.
“Postsecondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
Veterans Upward Bound accepting new students
Veterans Upward Bound at WKU is accepting U.S. military veterans, guardsmen and reservists as new students for the spring 2016 semester. This program includes refresher classes, financial aid advising, scholarships and more. Call (270) 745-5008 to learn more about this free program.
About Military Friendly® Schools: The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at https://www.militaryfriendly.com.
About Victory Media: Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn at www.victorymedia.com.
Contact: Tonya Archey or Joshua Smith, (270) 745-5837