For the 10th consecutive year, Edinboro University earned national recognition for providing veterans and their families with a first-rate post-secondary education.
This month, Edinboro University earned its second gold distinction in the annual Military Friendly Schools list for 2020-2021 after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the students with meaningful employment.
Edinboro University last earned gold status in 2018-2019.
“Our mission as military veterans is to continue serving our country and our community – that especially includes those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families,” said Dr. John Christman, coordinator of the Veterans Success Center and former U.S. Marine. “We’re proud to be able to successfully provide academic programs and supports to the men and women who represent the United States every day.”
Edinboro was recognized for the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and the campus ROTC cadre. Currently, there are 185 military-related students attending Edinboro, including veterans, spouses and dependents – many of whom use Veterans Affairs benefits.
“As faculty or staff members, administrators and students, veterans enhance the Edinboro University experience with leadership and world citizenship,” said Dr. Guiyou Huang, president of Edinboro University. “To be recognized for connecting veterans to meaningful employment is the least we can do for those who serve our country.”
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.
Edinboro’s ROTC cadre – the Fighting Scots battalion – allows potential Second Lieutenants to earn their undergraduate or graduate degrees from Edinboro and simultaneously develop skills for the U.S. Army.
Students enrolled in the program receive instruction in the fundamentals of leadership with emphasis on self-discipline, integrity, confidence and responsibility. This instruction is given in the classroom, on practical field training exercises and during several summer courses, including Army ROTC Basic Course, Army ROTC Advanced Course and Cadet Leaders Course.
“Training and preparation are crucial elements in becoming leaders at any level,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Kavanagh, commander of the Fighting Scots battalion. “Cadets at Edinboro meet the challenge of becoming a leader while maintaining the highest standards of academics.”
In November 2019, Christman joined the staff of Edinboro University as the new coordinator of the Veterans Success Center, following his doctoral dissertation that examined supports that student veterans are provided with in higher education, in addition to volunteer work with Team RWB and The Mission Continues, which empower veterans and help them in reaching their personal and professional goals.
According to Viqtory (formerly Victory Media) – which facilitates the Military Friendly Schools – this distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 1,000 post-secondary institutions participated in this year’s survey, with only 625 receiving Military Friendly distinction for 2020-2021.
Founded in 2001 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Viqtory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
For more information about Edinboro University’s commitment to military students on campus and beyond, visit www.edinboro.edu/veterans or call the Veterans Success Center at (814) 732-156