Savannah State University (SSU) has earned the 2018/2019 Military Friendly School designation, the university announced Tuesday.
"Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation," says an SSU spokesperson.
The designation "Military Friendly" is trademarked by a private company and isn't affiliated with the Department of Defense.
The news comes on the heels of a separate announcement that SSU and the U.S. Coast Guard will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding outreach and recruitment of highly skilled students in the STEM fields.
That signing on Thursday, April 26, 2 p.m., will include SSU President Cheryl Davenport Dozier, SSU Provost Michael J. Laney, USCG Commander Albert Curry, Jr., and USCG Captain Bryan Durr, and will take place at the new marine sciences building, 2717 Livingston Avenue.
SSU has a dedicated veterans affairs office, which assists veterans, or family members, in the process of enrolling in college and implementing G.I. benefits. It also guides active and reserve members using military tuition assistance. A
"Additionally, SSU offers program choices relevant to military background and is adding classes in Hinesville, near Fort Stewart. This is in addition to the U.S. Army and Navy ROTC programs and the new U.S. Coast Guard officer initiative on campus," SSU says.
“As a veteran myself, I know the importance of pursuing education while serving the country,” said Provost Laney. “It is great that SSU is being recognized for its commitment to military and veteran students.”
The 2018-2019 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, and more, for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.