D’Youville College Ranked Number 1 on Military Times “120 Best Colleges for Vets” List
Springfield, Virginia – November 11, 2013 – Military Times named D’Youville College Number 1 in announcing their Best for Vets Colleges for 2014 in rankings released today.
The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.
“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.
D’Youville College, with more than 400 military veterans and dependents has been recognized since the inception of the rankings.
Ben Randle, director of the Veterans Services Office at D’Youville said the quality of service in the veteran’s office and stats such as graduation and retention rates are closely linked.
“Our office not only functions as a one-stop shop to help students navigate different university departments and bureaucracies, it also works with state and federal veterans affairs departments on behalf of students to help them ;with issues unrelated to school,” Randle, a U.S. Marine veteran, said.
“That…takes a lot of the stress off of the students. It literally lets them concentrate on what we consider to the most importantly thing, and that’s … academics.
“We are honored to be selected number one in this listing.”
The full rankings are available at militarytimes.com.
Approximately 600 schools responded to the survey that comprised 150 questions that delved into school operations in unprecedented detail, Military Times said.
“The results show that many more schools are tracking the academic success of their military and veteran students, but the majority still does not.”
Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.
The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
The top 30 four-year schools, top 10 online and nontraditional schools, and top 10 two-year schools are compared in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Veterans Day.
Military Times’ series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings include: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.
The Veterans Day release of Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 coincides with several Military Times initiatives to celebrate service members. The #MyVeteran social media/online campaign allows people to post pictures, videos and stories about a veteran in their lives.