CONTACT: Lindsey Byars
Concord University FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of Advancement March 16, 2023
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
After 4 p.m.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY EARNS 2023-2024 MILITARY FRIENDLY® SCHOOL DESIGNATION
ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University has earned Gold status in the 2023-2024 Military Friendly ® School designation.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard. The Military Friendly ® Awards provide a more competitive view of how an organization is performing compared with similar organizations, and Concord University’s Gold award means the institution is within 10% of the 10th-ranked organization.
The 2023-2024 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October 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 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.
“Despite our long-standing support for veterans, it has been several years since we last received this esteemed award. Thanks to the collective hard work and support from the entire campus community, we have achieved this recognition. We should all be proud to be recognized as an institution that values and respects the brave men and women who have given so much for us all,” said Dr. George Williams, Concord University’s Veterans Advocate.
“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.
For more information about Concord University’s student veteran programs, visit concord.edu/veterans.
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About Military Friendly ® Schools:
The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from 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 postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.