KIm Johnson on 12/06/2017
I’m referencing the ranking you are promoting in regard to “Best Colleges for Veterans.” First, UVA Mil Vets is a staff & faculty group comprised of veterans, they are not a student group, nor do the students interact with this group. Second, before anyone consumes this ranking information, and promotes it for that matter, I suggest looking closely at the methodology used to rank the school. According to the Veteran Methodology used by U.S. News Rankings, all that is required to be a “Best College for Veterans” is “certified for GI Bill, participates in the yellow ribbon, enrolled 20 or more students, institution be in top half of its U.S. news ranking.” By those ridiculous standards, anyone could be a “Best College for Veterans.” In reality, according to the numbers from the Office of Institutional and Assessment Studies, there are 58 military-affiliated undergraduates out of 16,034 students and 252 military-affiliated graduates out of 6,771. Note that both sets of numbers do not include dependents using benefits transferred to them. Considering the Commonwealth ranks 4th where beneficiaries use educational benefits (which is a number that includes dependents unfortunately), the number of military folks at UVA is not really reflective of an environment that would attract this prospective population. Numbers talk.
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