George Mason University is the recipient of two prestigious designations that spotlight the university’s commitment to attracting and supporting student veterans and military spouses.
George Mason was named a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a designation it has earned several times previously. It also was named a “top school” by Military Advanced Education & Transition.
“These are very important designations,” said Jennifer Connors, director of Mason’s Office of Military Services. “It just shows how important this population is for the institution, the faculty and the students.”
Mason’s “military related” student population is 3,200, Connors said, almost 10 percent of the university’s 34,000 students.
Victory Media’s Military Friendly list is determined mathematically from a data-driven 100-question survey covering 10 categories, the questions for which were developed by an independent advisory board made up of educators across the country, the organization’s website says.
The categories are weighted with the highest values going to academic credibility, campus support, admissions and orientation, graduation and retention and career outcomes.
“We prep faculty and staff and have training programs so everyone has a good understanding of what the (military) population is like and what they can contribute to the classroom,” Connors said.
She added that it is important to show “the veteran population they belong and they are part of something, and that’s irreplaceable.”