PITTSBURGH (November 5, 2015)—Victory Media, originator of Military Friendly® education and career resources for veterans and their families including G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse media, released their 2016 Military Friendly® Schools and 2016 Military Friendly® Employers on MilitaryFriendly.com today. Now in its 13th year for companies and seventh year for post-secondary schools, Victory Media’s Military Friendly® ratings recognize colleges and companies with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.
This year’s lists highlight more than 1,400 Military Friendly® Schools and 220 Military Friendly® Employers exhibiting best practices in support of military students and employees, respectively. Institutions of higher learning competed for the title by completing an extensive survey covering ten indicators of success, including:
- Support for student veterans on campus,
- Graduation and employment outcomes, and
- Military spouse policies.
- The strength of military recruiting efforts,
- Percentage of new hires with prior military service
- Retention programs for veterans, and
- Policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
Survey responses were scored against benchmarks, with results independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its independent Advisory Board. The Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers are featured on the website, along with new category awards for the Top 25 schools by institution type.
“We live in an era when the value of military service in the professional world is unquestioned and unmatched,” said Chris Hale, a Navy veteran and Chairman and Co-Founder of Victory Media. “Veterans are graduates of the premier training institution in the world, but they need a consistent and predictable standard that lets them make good choices for major life decisions like where to work or where to enroll in school. The mission of Military Friendly® is to create maximum professional opportunity for them and other members of the military community.”
Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran adds: “Those earning the 2016 Military Friendly® designation demonstrate a strong connection between classroom learning and career development. They’re moving the needle beyond ‘why recruit military’ to translating military competencies into training and positive employment after graduation.”
This year nearly 400,000 active duty, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve service members will transition their skills to campuses and companies nationwide. Military Friendly ratings, lists and program information are available for free at https://militaryfriendly.com. Post-secondary schools and employers may learn more about the survey and request a free survey link at https://militaryfriendly.com/startsurvey.
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About Military Friendly®:
Military Friendly® is part of the ratings division of Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. Military Friendly® rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain veterans and military spouses. Military Friendly® is a federally trademarked term, created in 2003 by Victory Media.
The Military Friendly® assessment process includes extensive research and required completion of a proprietary, data-driven survey. All Military Friendly® surveys, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of higher education and recruitment professionals from across the country. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and more information can be found at https://militaryfriendly.com.
About Victory Media:
Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media 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 more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at victorymedia.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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