Davis & Elkins College announced receiving a major honor for its support of veterans Tuesday, one day before our country's Patriot Day memorial.
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named D&E to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Members of the Davis & Elkins College Student Veterans of America Color Guard participate in the fall 2012 matriculation ceremony. From left are Ryan Poling, a junior from Parsons and a member of the U.S. Army Reserve; Mark Lanham, a senior from Elkins and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps; and Brad Bennett, a junior from Elkins and a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Davis & Elkins College Veterans Liaison Officer Debbie Larkin presents Student Veterans of America D&E Chapter President Jonathan McGee with a D&E Veteran license plate frame during the Veterans Brunch in August. McGee, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, is a freshman living in Elkins.
This is the fourth year D&E has received the Military Friendly designation. D&E Veterans Liaison Officer Debbie Larkin attributes the success of the veterans program and the award recognition to the support of the college's administration, faculty and staff.
"Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Davis & Elkins' commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.
"The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools."
The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.
The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding.
The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.
A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual "Guide to Military Friendly Schools," distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.
Military veterans represent an important and diverse demographic of the Davis & Elkins College student body. Among the services the college offers are a veteran ID card, a beautifully restored Veterans Lounge in historic Halliehurst, and the Veterans Upward Bound program.
For more information, please visit the D&E website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.