Alfred State College announced today that it has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.
The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory 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 response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. We measure 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.
Alfred State Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator Nikkie Herman, who serves as co-chair of the college’s Veterans Advisory Committee, said, “We are so proud to continue to provide opportunities for veterans to get an Alfred State education. Receiving the designation of a Military Friendly® School validates our commitment to continue to serve those who have served our country.”
As part of its commitment to serving student veterans, Alfred State College offers a veterans’ lounge, a veterans’ center that houses ROTC staff, and exemptions on parking fees for student veterans. Alfred State also has a SALUTE honor society, which recognizes academic achievement of student veterans.
Alfred State Coordinator of Accessibility Services Dr. Melanie Ryan, who serves as advisor to the college’s SALUTE honor society chapter, noted that Alfred State has 14 SALUTE-eligible veteran students who are graduating this spring. She said she is delighted that Alfred State is considered a Military Friendly® School.
“We at Alfred State appreciate the service that veterans, individuals in active service, and their families provide for our country, and we take pride in being able to give something back to these individuals,” Ryan said.
Kayla Lopez, national director of Military Partnerships at Military Friendly®, said, “Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data driven standards in our designation process. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to consistently evolve and invest in their programs. Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources, and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community.”