A-State awarded as Military Friendly School
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:09
For the fifth year in a row, Arkansas State has been awarded the honor of being placed on the Military Friendly Schools list for 2014 by Victory Media Inc.
According to the company’s website, Victory Media is a Veteran owned business founded in 2001, and surveys tens of thousands of employers, schools, franchises and cities in order to compile lists of institutions with leading opportunities for military servicemembers and their spouses.
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a free, data-driven, survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide, according to the website.
When taking the surveys, schools are held to higher standards than each year before through improved methodology and criteria. Schools are selected based on areas such as military support on campus, academic credibility, flexibility for military students and veteran graduation rates. This year’s results are also the first to incorporate a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. The website said this feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Arkansas State University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” Sean Collins, vice president of Victory Media, said in a press release. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
According to its website, the Beck PRIDE Center’s mission is “to provide combat wounded veterans with first class educational programs and services at Arkansas State University.” This includes things such as counseling, personal rehabilitation, advocacy and financial assistance, and “supporting these individuals to achieve their post military service goals”.
In an email interview, Susan Hanrahan, the dean of the nursing and health professions
department at A-State, through which the center is run, said, “We are just one of many groups working on this campus to support veterans. The center is very complex so we offer lots of avenues of support including connecting the veteran with the right people at the right time. It is our privilege to assist veterans in their transition and reintegration efforts”.
The center is currently serving about 120 disabled American veterans and has worked with more than 400 service members and their families since its conception in October of 2007.
“The university is a very natural and therapeutic environment for veterans and their families. It can be a place for healing and educational attainment to occur simultaneously,” Hanrahan said in an interview with Kait8 News. “Our previous administration, (Robert Potts, Glen Jones and Dan Howard) were instrumental in setting the stage for significant veteran support on our campus. That has laid a perfect foundation for this particular award”.
The center also helps those who have trouble returning to their civilian lives.
“There are a lot of people who are just having trouble adjusting, so this is for them too,” Robert Potts, interim president of the A-State system, said in an interview with Kait8 news. “There are other schools that have programs for veterans, but ours is more tailored to the needs of those soldiers who were in Afghanistan or Iraq”.