Park University Earns “Military Friendly School” Designation for Eighth Straight Year

Monday, November 14, 2016

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Military Friendly LogoPark University has been honored by Victory Media as a 2017 Military Friendly School, a designation it has received from the publishing company for the eighth consecutive year.

The military friendly designation by Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse magazines, provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driving ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The honor 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 also dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, and specifically for student veterans.

Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, said, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

The Victory Media recognition is the second military-related honor Park University has received in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Park was selected as the No. 4 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country by Military Times. The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.

For more information about how Park serves the educational needs of the military, visit www.park.edu/military or contact the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services at warriorcenter@park.edu or (816) 584-6530.