Inver Ranked #20 Best for Vets Nationwide

Colleges 2019 2-Year Schools

Military Times Best for Vets ranks Inver Hills Community College #20 nationally for Colleges 2019 2-Year Schools. More than 200 schools made the Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 rankings.
According to Natalie Gross at Military Times, colleges and universities across the U.S. were invited to fill out a 150-question survey regarding institutional services offered to current and former military service members and their families.
bfv_4“To create the rankings, we evaluated colleges’ survey responses based on what veterans have told us is important to them, as well as on our own editorial judgment,” Gross writes in her article, “Methodology | Best for Vets: Colleges 2019.” “We also factored in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database. Broadly speaking, institutions were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic outcomes/quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.”
Sue Flannigan, Inver Hills veteran services coordinator, reported that Inver Hills has been ranked nationally by Best for Vets since 2014.
“Military and veteran students are able to thrive at our community college because of the supportive and affirming environment created by the personal attention they receive from our Veteran Services office and Counseling department,” Sue said. “Our Veteran’s Lounge provides a dedicated space for socializing and studying while fostering camaraderie among our students. The college recently received an anonymous donation to purchase new furniture for the lounge. This act of kindness is immeasurable. Our student-veterans are extremely grateful.”
Sue pointed out that the student club, VALOR, provides additional opportunities for socializing, but also the chance to continue serving through leadership and volunteerism. She added that the Inver Hills Foundation provides multiple scholarships for student-veterans and military students.
“Throughout our campus, faculty, staff and administrators proudly display stickers with the phrase Military Friendly,” she said. “We believe we demonstrate this in our interactions with students on a daily basis.”

Veteran’s Lounge


Below is the Military Times official news release…

Military Times Unveils Best for Vets: Colleges 2019

208 schools listed in ninth annual rankings

VIENNA, VA—Military Times today unveiled its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 rankings. In their ninth year, the rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey—the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement—as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.
As is true for all Military Times rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent, objective and rigorous news project. This feature evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. About 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey.
“Military Times’ Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families. It can’t be bought with advertising dollars—unlike some other supposedly veteran-friendly rankings—only earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings.
“Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended.”

About Military Times

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Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to disclose academic outcome and input data, describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus and meticulously document a wide array of services, special policies, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.
Visit Rebootcamp, Military Times’ new site focusing on veteran and military education, employment, entrepreneurship and transition, to view the official rankings.

About Sightline Media Group

Sightline Media is a global, multi-platform media company serving the U.S. military, federal government, the defense and federal IT sector, and the international defense community. Sightline’s media brands include the Military Times (Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times and Rebootcamp), Defense News, Federal Times, C4ISRNET and These brands are the go-to source for news and information about the U.S. military and the technology, business, politics and programs of federal and global defense markets.

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In addition to being posted on Rebootcamp, the rankings are published in Military Times print products—Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times—sold on newsstands and sent to subscribers the week of October 22, 2018. They are also promoted throughout the Military Times social media channels.

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More about Veteran Services

Since 1982, Inver Hills has worked to promote strong relationships with our veterans, service members and their families. The college provides a comprehensive, veteran-specific array of support services, scholarships and networking and employment opportunities while collaborating with area communities and agencies. We have teamed up with Inver Hills counselors to make sure our student veterans and service members adapt to college life and achieve their career goals.
If you are a veteran using your veteran benefits to attend college, Inver Hills acts as your liaison with the Veterans Administration. Our campus is home to a spacious, new Veterans Lounge and the newly named John H. Thill Veterans Resource Center.
Veterans and military students make up the single largest constituent group on our campus. Inver Hills has been named a Military Friendly School since 2010 and has also been recognized as a top school in the Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities research study. Read more…

Learn more about Veteran Services at Inver Hills by contacting:

Sue Flannigan
Veteran Services Coordinator

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U.S. Coast Guard

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Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick patrols near Hubbard Glacier

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick conducts a patrol in Disenchantment Bay, Alaska, near Hubbard Glacier, June 13, 2017. The cutter and crew are homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska, and conduct Coast Guard operations throughout Southeast Alaska.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matt Miller)

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U.S. Coast Guard

Puppy Kisses

Seaman Nina Bowen shows some love to Chief Bert, Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina’s mascot, near the boathouse at the station, February 17, 2017. Chief Bert is a retired explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Gavelston, Texas.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

U.S. Navy

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U.S. Navy

Sailor holds his daughter during an interview

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia. (August 7, 2018) Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ralph Palmer, assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), holds his daughter during an interview after returning from deployment. Oak Hill returned to its homeport, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, following a regularly-scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caledon Rabbipal)

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U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy recruits stand at attention during graduation

GREAT LAKES, Illinois (July 26, 2018) U.S. Navy recruits stand at attention during Recruit Training Command graduation. The 748 sailors in this graduation ceremony are the newest sailors in the U.S. Navy and join the 38,000 to 40,000 recruits who graduate annually from the Navy’s only boot camp.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Spencer Fling)

U.S. Army

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U.S. Army

Training for the battlefield

A U.S. Army paratrooper with 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade carries a AT-4 training grenade launcher during a platoon level live fire exercise at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, March 21, 2018.
(U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach)

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U.S. Army

Convoy operations

A Humvee rolls through a smoke screen during convoy lanes training during Operation Sustainment Warrior 2014 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. OSW is an annual Army Reserve training hosted this year by the 655th Regional Support Group, Chicopee, Massachusetts, designed to provide rigorous and relevant individual training that improves Soldier readiness and retention.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Thomas X. Crough)

U.S. Marines

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U.S. Marines

Heavy haul

A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) prepares to board an MV-22 Osprey at Fire Base Um Jorais (FB UJ) July 6, 2018. SPMAGTF-CR-CC Marines assisted in Operation Talon Spear by providing security at FB UJ.
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez)

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Low crawl

Recruit Angelica Rosas, Platoon 4016, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, crawls on the day movement course April 30, 2013, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Recruits move to safety during a simulated attack using fire team tactics. Rosas is from Houston and graduated May 24, 2013.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)

U.S. Air Force

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U.S. Air Force

9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron

Four B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrive February 6, 2017, at Andersen AFB, Guam. The 9th EBS is taking over U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence operations from the 34th EBS, assigned to Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The B-1B’s speed and superior handling characteristics allow it to seamlessly integrate in mixed force packages. While deployed at Guam the B-1Bs will continue conducting flight operations where international law permit.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

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U.S. Air Force

1st Helicopter Squadron pilot

Captain Brittny Barney, a 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, performs preflight checks of equipment inside a UH-1N Huey at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, August 3, 2016. The 1st HS is the Air Force’s largest helicopter squadron, tracing its heritage back to 1955.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)

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