Abilene Christian University earned the Military Friendly® School designation in the 2022-23 listings released online Monday and set to be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.
The full list can be found at militaryfriendly.com. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-23 survey with 665 earning the designation.
Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. The ratings measure an institution’s ability to meet thresholds in the categories of Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer), and Loan Default Rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
“ACU creates a supportive learning environment, and we honor the men and women who have sacrificed to serve our country,” said Dr. Tamara Long, vice president of enrollment and student life. “Each student is thoughtfully advised and connected to campus resources that fit their unique needs.”
The Military Friendly Schools® list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers.
“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships for Military Friendly®.