Feb. 23—Several area colleges and universities earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly School designation, which is aimed at setting a standard that measures an organization's commitment, effort and success in creating benefits for the military community, according to the Military Friendly website.
Chatham University, Seton Hill University, California University of Pennsylvania, Carlow University, La Roche University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Pittsburgh Technical College are among schools across the country that received the title this year.
To earn the designation, schools are evaluated through public data sources and through responses provided in a proprietary survey. A rating of the two determines measurements like the institution's ability in student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates of students, specifically among student veterans.
That criteria is determined by Viqtory — which owns and operates Military Friendly — with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council made up of independent leaders in higher education and members of the military recruitment community.
This year, more than 1,200 schools participated in the survey with almost 750 earning the military friendly designation.
"Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts," Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnership for Military Friendly, said in a news release. "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."
A full list of schools can by found on militaryfriendly.com/schools. The list will also be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .