G.I. Jobs magazine honors NKU as military friendly

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Monday - August 16, 2010
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- G.I. Jobs magazine announced today that Northern Kentucky University has received the honor of being listed in the "2011 Guide to Military Friendly Schools."

The guide will be released in September.
This honor recognizes NKU as being in the top 15 percent of all colleges and trade schools in America in terms of giving military personnel and veterans the highest value and a warm campus welcome.

Student veterans at NKU connect through their student veteran organization, Veterans for Education and Transition Support (VETS), which is an official chapter of the national Student Veterans of America. VETS will be led this school year by William Schwartz, senior and secondary education major. According to Dave Merriss, chairman of the Veteran Advocacy Committee and faculty advisor to VETS, not every university has a student veteran organization. NKU's active and recognized student organization was an important factor in the selection of the university as "Military Friendly" by G.I. Jobs. NKU has over 400 student veterans currently taking advantage of benefits at NKU.

"It is generally felt by all, and especially the members of the Veteran Advocacy Committee, that we at NKU owe a debt to veterans that can be repaid by developing and encouraging services for veterans that facilitate the education and completion of our degree programs," Merriss said. "We want veterans to enroll at NKU and we want them to succeed because we know they bring a maturity and experience to the classroom that is important.

"As we expected, the Post 9/11 GI Bill has brought an increase of student veterans to NKU," Merriss said. "We are looking forward to further growth in our student veteran numbers. NKU is committed to assisting all eligible veterans in their transition to academic life. The work that the Veteran's Advocacy Committee has done and will do in the future is extremely important for the student veterans, their retention and overall academic success."

The honor of being named military friendly by G.I. Jobs magazine is a highly competitive process that is determined by the Military Friendly Schools Academic Advisory Panel. The panel is made up of eight higher education administrators, the Veterans Association, the College Board, the American Council on Education and the Student Veterans Association.
The panel then makes the decision as to what schools are included on the list based on criteria such as certifications, programs and policies, financial and non-financial support, and enrollment figures.

"We hope veterans will continue to make Northern Kentucky University their first choice," Merriss said. "At NKU we like to think of our student veterans as yesterday's warriors, today's scholars and tomorrow's leaders."

G.I. Jobs magazine is a monthly publication that reaches about 75,000. It is distributed amongst military transition classes and military posts and bases around the world. The Guide to Military Friendly Schools helps military officials and veterans in deciding where to attend school.

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