(March 10, 2017) – Armstrong State University has been named to the list of the Top 100 Military Spouse Friendly Schools by Victory Media, the publisher of Military Spouse, G.I. Jobs and STEM Jobs, for a second year in a row. The annual list recognizes higher education institutions that actively recruit and support spouses of active duty service members while acknowledging and supporting military spouse students through the unique challenges of military life.
“My wife and I worked together in the military for more than 20 years and know the hardships a family endures to allow a loved one to serve,” noted Armstrong Director of Military Education and Outreach Phil Gore. “Being designated as a Military Spouse Friendly university recognizes how Armstrong values the sacrifices a spouse makes and has developed programs and services to help them achieve academic and professional success.”
Universities earning the Military Spouse Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. The publisher reviewed college admissions, retention, career counseling and mentoring programs for veterans, as well as flexible learning options and degree continuation to accommodate deployments and relocation.
“Military spouses are highly educated and mobile,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer in Victory Media’s Military Friendly division. “Colleges and companies recognize these attributes and want to bring them on board. And, companies that employ both veterans and their spouses see even stronger retention and employee loyalty.”
This is the seventh time this year that Armstrong has received national recognition for its efforts to support military-affiliated student success, Gore said, which is a testament to the university’s efforts to provide a learning environment that offers the best opportunity for service members, veterans and their families to succeed.
In 2015, the Landings Military Family Relief Fund and Armstrong established a scholarship program that provides military spouses with funding to help them complete their degrees. In addition, Armstrong offers a Green Zone initiative to support active duty military students and veterans on campus and waives all mandatory fees for active duty military. The university is also part of the Academic Institutions for Military Students Network, which allows transferability of credits for military students and provides in-state tuition for members of the military and their families. In addition, college credit is provided for military experience.
As a complement to Armstrong’s main campus in Savannah, the university operates the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville, which helps members of the military community earn college degrees in key fields in Liberty County. The Liberty Center is a state-of-the-art campus located just outside of Fort Stewart, and has become a leading choice for military spouses seeking a postsecondary education.
The list of 2017 Military Spouse Friendly Schools will be featured in the April issue of Military Spouse Magazine and on militaryfriendly.com.