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King University News :: King University Named Military Friendly School® for Fifth Year

King University has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list for the fifth straight year by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transition into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students.  The complete list can be viewed at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx.

“We are honored to be named as a Military Friendly School® for the fifth exceptional year,” says Greg King, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management. “Military students bring leadership skills to the classroom along with an exceptional set of experiences. King recognizes the unique needs of military personal, from deployment policies to funding assistance, through completing the Veterans Administration (VA) funding process and securing federal financial aid, to registering for classes.”

The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a free, data-driven, survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. 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 http://www.militaryfriendly.com. This year’s Military Friendly Schools ® list criteria also incorporate a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students.

King University alumnus Jason Harter served in the United States Air Force from 1999 to 2010.  After his military career, Harter used the 9-11 G.I. Bill to pay for his education at King.  He graduated from King in May 2013 receiving his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration.  “My military experience made me a more rounded person,” said Harter. “I had the chance to ‘grow up’ while in the service, so I was able to take class and what it had to offer more seriously.”  Harter currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

According to Victory Media, the fifth-annual Military Friendly Schools® list was released on the heels of President Obama’s “8 Keys to Success,” the administration's step-by-step guide to supporting veterans on campus. The list serves as the primary resource for service members and military families seeking education and has played a significant role over the past five years in capturing and advancing best practices in supporting military students on campuses across the country.

“Our survey and data-driven Military Friendly Schools® list stand out as one of the primary drivers for leading practices captured within the administration’s ‘8 Keys to Success’ prior to its inception,” said Sean Collins, vice president for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. More than 50 leading practices in support of military students are captured within the Military Friendly Schools ® survey, allowing every school approved for VA funding to emulate leading programs and policies.

Military personnel looking to King University as their college choice can visit King’s new career matrix located at http://careermatrix.king.edu.  The user friendly tool will produce a digital profile, which matches the student to possible career paths.  The Career Matrix produces a list of jobs, and when the student selects a particular career, the Matrix will then provide a list of majors at King University, which would qualify the student to do that job in the future.  Students are also able to explore details about particular majors at King relating to certain career paths.

A representative with King's Admissions Office is available to assist and guide military personnel through the process, helping to maximize military benefits and transfer credits. King accepts qualifying credits from the military, “old” credits, and credits from ITT, National, and previously accredited closed colleges.

To honor the courageous men and women who serve our country, King University Online offers military students many special benefits to help them achieve their academic and professional goals, including online degrees for military.  Military service members, veterans, and military spouses (as defined in 1 U.S.C. § 7) are eligible for tuition discounts, book vouchers, and evaluation of military training for college credit. Qualifying military service members, veterans, and military spouses may qualify for tuition assistance through the Post 9-11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon, and/or Veterans Educational Assistance Program.

Other recent accolades include King’s recognition for the past ten years as a “Best College in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review, and as a “Best Regional University” for the past 24 years by U.S. News World Report.  Additionally, King was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  This designation, announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

For more information visit www.king.edu or http://military.king.edu

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About Military Friendly®:  The Military Friendly ® designation process includes extensive research and data-driven surveys of leading opportunities for the military community in the areas of employment, education, franchising and cities. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country and are independently tested by Ernst Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and is open annually from March-May. Additional information can be located at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

About Victory Media:  Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business and has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.