CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Makes Military Friendly Schools List for 3rd Year

Date: 09-24-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Larry Langwell, coordinator
Office of Veterans Affairs

Victory Media has named California State University, Chico to the 2013 edition of their Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 15 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. This is the third year that CSU, Chico has been awarded a coveted spot on the list.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows CSU, Chico’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs magazine and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

“This is a distinction we value greatly and wear proudly,” said President Paul Zingg, CSU, Chico. “And to achieve it several years running is very gratifying. Our veterans deserve our gratitude and our support, and the story behind the story of this designation is that Chico State delivers on their behalf.”

Larry Langwell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs at CSU, Chico, outlined the services developed in response to the Troops to College initiative created in 2005. The following enhanced services address the needs of returning Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans:

  • VEST (Veteran Education Support Team), comprising 12 student service professionals on campus, collaborates with several veteran service agencies in the community.
  • A CSU, Chico Student Veteran Organization (SVO) offers veterans the opportunity to be part of a student group that addresses their needs.
  • The Student Veteran Center, opened in 2010, provides a visible and safe environment where veterans can gather.
  • Veterans are able to receive academic credit for military experience as recommended by the American Council on Education.
  • A special dispensation from admissions closures and priority registration are provided for veterans.
  • Official policy and procedures have been created for students called to active military duty.

In addition to these services, the Office of Veteran’s Affairs sponsors a Veteran Welcome Reception, which is one of the Multicultural Welcome Receptions, each fall. This fall’s reception took place on Sept. 5 and included a visit from Richard Lipari, the first president of the Student Veteran Organization, founded in 1967. He presented a plaque to the current SVO president, James Callas, to be displayed in the Student Veteran Center.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, there will be Honoring Our Veterans, a recognition event for veterans on campus and alumni veterans, and for members of the community to show appreciation for their service. The event is part of the University’s 125th celebration. It will take place from 10­ a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium and feature a color guard, speakers, displays and refreshments. The community is invited.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year due to improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

Victory Media is a veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Its Military Friendly Schools lists can be found at www.gijobs.com/2012Top100, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com and www.militaryfranchising.com. Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur magazines.