Sept. 24, 2013 — Park University has been honored by G.I. Jobs magazine on its list of Military Friendly Schools for the fifth consecutive year. The list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
Schools on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list offer additional benefits to student veterans, including on-campus veterans’ programs, credit for service and military spouse programs. In addition, schools on the list were recognized for their efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.
Stephen Terry, director of Park’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center, said Park alumni, students, staff and faculty should all be proud of the tremendous honor to be selected as a top military friendly school.
“The extraordinary services that our flagship Parkville Campus and campus centers across the country provide are unmatched,” Terry said. “Park truly does serve as a role model in the military community for other institutions to look to for outstanding support programs, high quality academic degree options and student services.”
Royce Skocny, a Park senior majoring in business administration/human resources and a former surface warfare specialist in the U.S. Navy, said that Park’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services is essential for military students.
“The steps they take to reduce the stress levels of its veterans, active duty, reservists, guardsmen and their families is unparalleled by all other institutions I have attended,” said Skocny. “The Department of Military and Veteran Student Services is as vital to student success as the books themselves.”
The list was compiled through exhaustive research during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from across the country.
The G.I. Jobs honor is yet another in a recent string of tributes to Park University’s efforts to educate members of the U.S. military. Earlier this year, Military Times ranked Park University’s School of Business as the No. 1 “Best for Vets” business school in the country, and was selected as one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities for the fifth consecutive year by Military Advanced Education. In December 2012, Military Times ranked Park No. 2 “Best for Vets” among all private colleges and universities in the country and No. 3 overall in the online and non-traditional category.
Park was one of the first institutions in the nation to fully support the intent of Executive Order 13607 — Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members. The principles were developed to strengthen consumer protection for service members, veterans and their families, as well as ensure they have access to the information they need to make informed decisions concerning the use of their educational benefits. Of the University’s 40 campus centers across the country, 34 are located on military installations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6530.