65 schools receive 'veteran-friendly' ranking from MVAA for 2016-17

Contact: Lynn Sutfin, MVAA 517-284-5230
Agency: Military and Veterans Affairs

August 25, 2016

44 colleges, universities ‘go for the gold’

LANSING, Mich. - World class athletes weren’t the only ones going for the gold this past month. Sixty-five colleges and universities recently earned bronze-, silver- or gold-level status based on their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans.
 
The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their GI Bill and other educational benefits. This is the program’s second year; last year 57 schools were ranked.
 
“We had outstanding applicants, with more than half of this year’s veteran-friendly schools achieving a gold-level designation,” MVAA Director James Robert Redford said. “These colleges and universities have proven their dedication to the men and women who have served their country by ensuring they succeed in achieving their educational goals.”
 
Twelve new schools are featured in this year’s ranking including gold-level Detroit Training Center. Overall, 44 schools were awarded gold, 17 earned silver and four took home the bronze.
 
Some of the criteria schools were ranked on included having an active student-operated veterans club or association; veteran-specific career services or advising; on-campus veteran’s coordinator and awarding credit based on prior military training and experience.
 
The 2016-17 rankings are as follows:
GOLD
Aquinas College
Baker College*
Central Michigan University
Davenport University
Delta College
Detroit Training Center
Eastern Michigan University*
Ferris State University*
Grand Rapids Community College*
Grand Valley State University*
Henry Ford College
Jackson College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kirtland Community College
Lake Michigan College
Lansing Community College*
Macomb Community College
MIAT College of Technology*
Michigan State University*
Michigan Tech University
Mid Michigan Community College*
Montcalm Community College
Mott Community College
Muskegon Community College
North Central Michigan College*
Northern Michigan University*
Northwestern Michigan College
Northwood University
Oakland Community College
Oakland University*
Olivet College
Saginaw Valley State University
Schoolcraft College
Siena Heights University
Spring Arbor University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Michigan-Dearborn
University of Michigan-Flint
Walsh College
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School

SILVER
Adrian College
Bay de Noc Community College
Calvin College
Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Concordia University – Ann Arbor
Focus HOPE
Glen Oaks Community College
Global Information Technology
Gogebic Community College
Grace Bible College
Greater Michigan Construction Academy
Lake Superior State University
Merrill Institute
Monroe County Community College
St. Clair County Community College
Suburban Truck Driver Training School
West Shore Community College

BRONZE
Alma College
Cleary University
Lawrence Technological University
Marygrove College
*Indicates a school that also participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

Information about the criteria each school met to achieve its ranking is available at MichiganVeterans.com/vetfriendlyschools. Thirty-one schools met all seven criteria.
 
These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify Michigan schools committed to helping them succeed,” Redford said. “Veterans will also know exactly what services are available to them when they walk onto campus.”
 
The veteran-friendly designation is available to any institution of higher learning eligible to receive veteran education benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. Institutions apply annually for a designation, with an application and review process conducted every spring semester.
 
Student veterans or dependents with questions about GI Bill or other federal benefits should call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or visit MichiganVeterans.com.