IHCC also selected as a top school in 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities research study; and makes list of 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools
Inver Hills Community College is ranked #10 on the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings for two-year schools. The fifth-annual rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student success rates. Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many criteria that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.
The detailed, survey-based Best for Vets: Colleges does not manipulate mainstream research to skew more “veteran.” The survey requiries schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students. Schools must also describe the many aspects of veteran culture on campus.
“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” stated Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets, noting that two years ago only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide this level of detail. In 2015, that figure rose to 45 percent. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”
The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
Sue Flannigan, veteran services coordinator at Inver Hills, reported that the college has also been recognized as a top school in the 2015 Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities research study. The December 2015 issue of MAE will include the guide, allowing readers to use bar charts to compare and contrast schools to find the best match for their needs. Schools are evaluated by their achievement in military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services.
“Inver Hills made the list of 2014–2015 Military Friendly Schools as well,” Flannigan added. “Veteran services at Inver Hills serves as a liaison with the Veterans Administration for individuals who wish to use their veterans benefits to attend the college. We have two very active student veteran organizations on campus, Women Warriors and Club V.A.L.O.R. Our remodeled Veterans Lounge receives more than six hundred visitors a month.”
Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Cash refuels an F-15 during exercise Vigilant Shield 15 over the United States, Oct. 20, 2014. The annual exercise is designed to integrate Defense Department and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro.
U.S. Marines maneuver during a live-fire exercise at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 3, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt during carrier qualifications at sea, Oct. 30, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Alex Millar.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts calls for fire during artillery training on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy is a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Inf. Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Upchurch, left, and Capt. Jennifer Nolta take off from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2014. Upchurch and Nolta are C-5M Super Galaxy pilots assigned to the 9th Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock.
For more information about Veterans Services at Inver Hills, contact:
Veteran Services Coordinator