By David West
NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post- military education and career opportunities. This is the sixth time NSU has been designated as a Military Friendly School.
“Northwestern State University is proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly School, and this recognition acknowledges our continued dedication to provide quality academic programs and support services for the members of the armed forces,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation and economic development.
The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
“I have always had a pleasant experience at NSU,” said graduate student Alyssa Hughey, who is on active duty in the U.S. military. “I’ve often been surprised at how willing the instructors and staff are in accommodating and assisting with any issues that might occur with an active duty member. I feel confident that I will be able to balance my career and furthering my education thanks to the flexibility of Northwestern.”
Hughey is pursuing a master’s in English and plans to graduate in the summer of 2018.
“I discovered Northwestern when I moved to my current post,” said Hughey. “I was impressed with the degrees offered, and the flexibility that works with being an active duty military student. The degree will allow me to develop my skills in my current career as well as provide myself options for the future.”
Institutions competed for the Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. Data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.