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Athens State gains military friendly designation

ATHENS — Athens State University has earned a Military Friendly School designation for 2024-2025, according to Military Friendly.

Schools that earn this recognition provide the best higher education opportunities for veterans, their spouses, and the military community nationwide.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School title were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. The methodology was determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Viqtory is a data-driven military marketing company.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based scoring assessment.

The institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans, were all measured.

“Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in the designation process,” according to Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships for Military Friendly. “Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community.

“This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages Institutions to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions.

The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

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