Baylor University Named to 2017 'Military Friendly' Schools List
Media Contact: Lori Fogleman, 254-710-6275
WACO, Texas (Nov. 29, 2016) – Baylor University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. (UPDATE: On Dec. 8, Baylor also received the “Military Friendly – Gold – Top 10 for large private schools” designation. Baylor was No. 6 in this category for "outstanding commitment and programs for the nation's veterans and their families.")
First published in 2009, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Baylor will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine and on www.militaryfriendly.com.
This fall, Baylor has enrolled 135 military veterans, who are supported academically by the university’s Veteran Educational and Transition Services (VETS) program and the VA Education Benefits Office in the Office of the Registrar that assists student veterans with all certification needs for veteran educational benefits.
Founded in 2012 by Janet Bagby, Ph.D., senior lecturer of educational psychology in the School of Education, VETS promotes the academic success of veterans attending Baylor. VETS partners with a range of departments and their resources to provide support to the specific and unique challenges faced by student veterans.
Led by program manager Kevin R. Davis, B.A. ’12, a Marine Corps veteran, VETS provides student veterans with academic, family and counseling support, mentoring, a new student experience course specifically for veterans, career and professional development, Veterans of Baylor student organization, SALUTE Honor Society, volunteer outreach opportunities and the Baylor Challenge Coin, which is given by student veterans to individuals who have shown support above and beyond for their academic journey.
“Baylor’s ‘Military Friendly’ designation speaks profoundly to the amazing initiative, energy and perseverance of the core personnel at Baylor University – specifically Dr. Janet Bagby,” Davis said. “Without Dr. Bagby taking the time to first identify this great need, assessing solutions through extensive research and then following through with unwavering dedication to implementing effective veteran advocacy programming, we would not be near where we are today. We still have much room to grow, but I am confident that with the momentum established through pioneers like Dr. Bagby, and through continued institutional support from the university and around the community, Baylor will be ‘the city on a hill’ in veteran support.”
Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s survey of more than 1,700 schools. 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.
In September, Baylor’s commitment to veterans also was recognized by U.S. News & World Report with a No. 43 ranking among National Universities rated in the U.S. News Best Colleges for Veterans for 2017. U.S. News rated universities based on their participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.
“Our student veterans are often mothers or fathers, full-time employees, juggling VA medical appointments and yet fully dedicated to Baylor and its mission,” Davis said. “With Baylor’s mission statement to ‘educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service,’ we have to recognize this population of men and women who have already taken up this calling in their lives. We must do all that we can to empower these students to now go and engage in their next chapters of worldwide service.”
“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media. “Military Friendly helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”
For more information about Baylor’s commitment to attracting and supporting student veterans, visit www.baylor.edu/VETS.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.