Lipscomb named military friendly university for fifth year

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Lipscomb University has been named among the top universities in the nation for serving student veterans.

9_11_3The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are providing services and programs to ensure that military service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents are successful on campus. This is the fifth year Lipscomb has been included on the list.

“Being recognized as an institution that serves veterans well is a great gauge to let us know that what we are doing here at Lipscomb is making our student veterans feel welcome and is providing a good learning environment for them,” said Jim Humphrey, associate dean of students and director of veterans services. “This is a good indicator that the programs and services we are offering are working. It also gives us feedback that there are areas in which we can improve in the future.”

Other institutions joining Lipscomb on the list include the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of California-Berkley, Elon University, Clemson University and Texas A&M University.

Since its inception, Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program, now managed by Humphrey, has grown from 20 original participants to more than 200 veterans enrolled this fall. Students have performed well academically with 71 percent of currently enrolled student veterans maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, and 13 percent of those maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. To date, 82 Yellow Ribbon Program participants have graduated from Lipscomb.

Humphrey explains that Lipscomb’s success is attributed primarily to its focus on the individual veteran’s transition needs from a military environment into the collegiate environment and on to graduation and job placement.

“Lipscomb is unique in its approach to a solely dedicated veterans' service office that works various aspects directly, or as a liaison, for all veteran needs on campus such as, but not limited to, recruiting, Veterans Administration benefits, financial counseling, psychological counseling, academic success, retention, career development, networking, community service and job placement,” said Humphrey. “This ‘center of excellence’ approach is growing among institutions of higher learning to meet the unique program demands of a growing veteran student population.”

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 VA 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.

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