NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has earned the 2021-22 Military Friendly School designation. This is Northwestern State’s 11th time to receive the honor,
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. Measurements 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.
“The Military Friendly designation is an important quality for institutions when being considered by military members.,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation, and economic development at NSU. Being recognized as a Military Friendly School acknowledges Northwestern’s leadership and commitment in support of our military students, veterans, and their families. It’s wonderful to see our commitment, hard work and service to the military community being recognized.”
The Military Friendly Schools 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. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post secondary schools that wish to participate.
“Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data driven standards in our designation process,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships for Military Friendly. “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.”
The university has more than 40 degree programs available online through nsula.edu/ensu. In person classes are available at NSU’s Natchitoches, Leesville-Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base, Alexandria and Marksville campuses. Information on Northwestern State’s services for veterans is available at nsula.edu/registrar/veterans-affairs. General university information is at nsula.edu.