For the second consecutive year, Edinboro University earned national recognition for providing outstanding academic and support services to spouses of U.S. military veterans.
This month, GI Jobs magazine awarded Edinboro the Military Spouse Friendly award, which measures institutional commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful experiences for the military spouse community.
“There is a great deal of stress and pressure for military families to either make a smooth transition to civilian life or continue education while their loved one is serving active duty,” said Andrew Matt, coordinator of Edinboro University’s Veterans Success Center. “We are extremely encouraged when military families come to Edinboro, as we are uniquely equipped to provide resources these families need for success.”
Military Friendly has ranked higher-education institutions for their commitment to U.S. military veterans for the past decade. In 2009, the organization dedicated resources to determining the best quality institutions for military families.
Colleges and universities included in the Military Spouse Friendly list were analyzed by industry experts using data from federals agencies and proprietary survey information. In 2019, 196 schools earned the distinction of Military Spouse Friendly.
“Military spouses and children are the backbone of support for the men and women in the U.S. military,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Kavanagh, commander of Edinboro University’s ROTC program. “Our cadets are commissioned with the highest-quality leadership training. However, this support from families and loved ones is irreplaceable in the life of a soldier.”
Edinboro was recognized for the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and the campus ROTC cadre. Currently, there are 180 military-related students at Edinboro, including veterans, spouses and dependents – many of whom use G.I. Bill educational assistance.
Edinboro’s Veterans Success Center manages resources for veterans, current service members and their dependents, ensuring that students receive not only the university’s high-quality and affordable education but also individualized support services.
In order to obtain Military Spouse Friendly distinction, schools must score highly on academic credibility, academic support, career planning resources, flexibility, family supports, campus supports and federal approval such as GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance.
“The Military Spouse Friendly Schools designation helps military spouses select schools that will support them in their education journey by meeting their unique needs as a part of a military family,” said Brian Hucik, program manager for Military Friendly. “Schools that are selected for the list are at the forefront of supporting the goals of military spouses.”
Edinboro University was one of 8,800 schools nationwide to participate in the Military Friendly survey in 2019. For the 10th consecutive year, Edinboro University earned silver status in the annual Military Friendly Schools list for 2019-2020 after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the students with meaningful employment.
For more information about Edinboro’s Veterans Success Center and military services on campus, visit www.edinboro.edu/veterans.