Known for its continuing commitment to student veterans, RIC has consistently earned the annual Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, an online college and career resource for service members transitioning into civilian life.
Victory Media researches and evaluates thousands of post-secondary schools based on data from public sources, proprietary data from surveys and personal data from surveys of veterans themselves, then compiles an online listing of Military Friendly® Schools.
Victory Media noted that Rhode Island College exceeded the benchmark standards for Military Friendly® Schools and “fulfills its promise of affordable access to superior higher education for traditional and nontraditional students alike.”
“Earning the 2018 Military Friendly® School designation is an honor for the Rhode Island College community,” said RIC Vice President for Student Success Jason Meriwether. “Serving student veterans is an essential part of our mission in the state. This year, we have dramatically increased the budget for our Veteran Resource Center, created space for our veterans in the Student Union and will be implementing a myriad of new programs and initiatives over the coming months. While our student veterans have always been an important part of RIC, this accolade reminds us that supporting veterans should not be limited to November or May but must exist as part of the fabric of the day-to-day campus experience.”
Along with being noted for its Military Friendly® academic policies and compliance, admission orientation, and financial aid and assistance, RIC was cited for providing Military Friendly® student support and retention through:
- VetSuccess on Campus, which coordinates the delivery of VA education benefits and links veterans to other resources, such as VA health care.
- Veteran Resource Center, where student veterans assist fellow veterans on campus to ensure successful completion of their educational goals.
- Student Veteran’s Organization, a student organization that serves as a support network for veterans and assists the administration in identifying the needs of current and prospective student veterans.
“The RIC community benefits tremendously from having student veterans and their family members on campus,” said RIC Associate Professor Monica Darcy, faculty liaison for the Veteran Resource Center. “The services behind RIC’s Military Friendly® designation is the least we can do to show appreciation for the commitment and dedication our military service members have given us and our country.”
Micaela Black, coordinator of VetSuccess on Campus, added that “the Military Friendly® distinction is much more than just an emblem to put on our website. We want to show veterans that we value their military experience and are invested in their education and success. RIC wants to welcome veterans to campus, eliminate barriers to the application and registration process, help keep them engaged in their coursework and keep them on track to graduation. Veterans have earned their VA education benefits and it is our responsibility as a society to support the use of those benefits on college campuses. This is how we say, ‘Thank you.’”
For more information about Rhode Island College’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit the Veteran Resource Center webpage at ric.edu/studentveterans.
Rhode Island College will be showcased in the Annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools published by G.I. Jobs® Magazine, which is distributed to transition classes on military installations around the world.