Chester, Pa.—For the fifth year, Victory Media has selected Widener University as a “Military Friendly® School,” placing it in the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
“Given Widener’s mission as a university committed to civic engagement and service to the nation, and our history as Pennsylvania Military College, this is a great honor,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III.
The survey captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently verified by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country.
For more information about Widener’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit http://bit.ly/1sD4w41. A complete list of Military Friendly® Schools can be found at http://www.gijobs.com.
Widener participates in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, and the university introduced Widener CARES (Children of Active and Reserve Military Personnel Educational Scholarship) in 2005. This unique scholarship fund ensures that children of U.S. military personnel, who are killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, have the opportunity to pursue higher education.
Widener was known as Pennsylvania Military College until 1972, and the university still maintains a vibrant Army ROTC program that serves as the headquarters for other college and university ROTC programs throughout the Philadelphia region.