West Virginia University at Parkersburg has earned recognition by two national organizations for its outstanding service to veterans. “Military Times” ranked WVU Parkersburg sixth in its national “Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges” list for 2017. In addition, the college has earned the 2017 “Military Friendly School” designation by Victory Media, publisher of “G.I. Jobs,” for the second consecutive year.
“It is a great honor for our institution to earn these distinctions for our strong support of veterans,” said WVU Parkersburg President Dr. Fletcher Lamkin. “We are proud of our student veterans and the hard work they have shown us in their service and here at WVU Parkersburg.”
For the “Best for Vets” designation, schools from across the country filled out a rigorous survey for a chance to be recognized in the rankings. In addition to considering survey responses to evaluate schools, “Military Times” took a deep dive into federal data, collecting and comparing key metrics from the Education Department, Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department. These metrics included graduate, retention and default rates. Visit http://www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-ctc2017 for the complete list of “Best for Vets” colleges and the methodology.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey. 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.
WVU Parkersburg will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” special education issues of “G .I. Jobs” and “Military Spouse Magazine,” and on militaryfriendly.com .
For more information about WVU Parkersburg’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, contact WVU Parkersburg Veterans Advocate, Shawn Healy, at 304-424-8337. Spring class registration takes place now through Dec. 29.