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A-State Earns Military Friendly Status 12th Time, Moves to Silver


JONESBORO – For the 12th time, Arkansas State University has been designated as a Military Friendly® School for 2021-22. The Military Friendly® Schools list sets the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

For the first time since the start of levels of ranking, Arkansas State received a Silver rating.  For the previous two years, A-State was a Bronze level MFS.

“At Arkansas State University, we take incredible pride in the support and services we provide to our military and veteran students, and to have once again received one of the top accolades from one of the oldest and most established programs that recognize universities for their work with the military is extremely important to us,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.  “From hosting one of the oldest and most decorated ROTC units to service as the home for the nationally known Beck Center for Veterans, A-State invests in programs to lift up those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.”

The 2021-22 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at militaryfriendly.com. 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 2021-22 survey.

The list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers.

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data driven standards in our designation process,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships, Military Friendly. “This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to consistently evolve and invest in their programs.

“Schools who achieve this 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.”

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. Factors include 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.

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