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.”

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.

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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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