HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as among America’s most military-friendly schools for the fourth consecutive year. The 2014 Military Friendly School Guide ranks NKU among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.
“We are honored to once again be recognized for our efforts to ensure our service men and women have the resources and support they need to succeed at NKU and beyond,” said NKU President Geoffrey Mearns. “Our commitment to our active duty students as well as our veteran students has never been stronger.”
Dave Merriss, director of the new NKU Veterans Resource Station, echoed those sentiments.“Inclusion on the 2014 list of military friendly schools and the opening of the Veterans Resource Station demonstrates the outstanding leadership and commitment of the president, provost, faculty and staff to ensure our student veterans and family members succeed and graduate,” he said.
Located in University Center 131, the Veterans Resource Station is part of the new NKU Student Success Center. The Veterans Resource Station fulfills a need to have a primary point of contact to serve all student veterans, military service members, dependents, ROTC cadets and family members. Trained student peer mentors who are veterans provide information, referrals and support to enable students to successfully navigate NKU and connect with the right resources.
The Veterans Resource Station offers individual computer and Internet access that includes dedicated open space to study and socialize. There is also a resource library and guide for a broad range of services and benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other community veteran activities.
“The Resource Station provides a place where veterans and family members can gather and truly feel a connection to each other,” said Robin Estridge, a social work major and Navy veteran performing an internship at the Station. “This sense of connection helps them work through their transition from military life to not only the academic environment but also through graduation and to their new careers as well.”
Earning the distinction of a “Military Friendly Institution” is based on extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.
G.I. Jobs magazine is a monthly publication that reaches about 75,000. It is distributed amongst military transition classes and military posts and bases around the world. The Guide to Military Friendly Schools helps military officials and veterans in deciding where to attend school.