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52 G.I. JOBS | FEBRUARY 2017 | GIJOBS.COM THE LIST OF MILITARY FRIENDLY ® SCHOOLS and Military Friendly ® Schools ratings are assessed by evaluating data gathered from three sources: Public Data: New technology allows us to access government data that measures important outcomes for educational institutions such as graduation, retention, job placement and loan repayment rates. Proprietary Survey Data: An exhaustive survey that schools wishing to be designated Military Friendly ® complete gives us the same outcomes for military and veteran students: graduation, retention, job placement and loan repayment rates. Personal Data: We also ask veterans attending these schools to give us their feedback. Who better to ask than veterans themselves? The annual, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey is offered at no cost to more than 8,800 institutions nationwide. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than in previous years via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and our Advisory Councils. Survey responses are weighted according to the categories below. Final survey results and ratings are determined by combining an institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet minimum thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. The benchmark is set by the score of the leading institution in each scoring group. EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluates the completeness and accuracy of the Military Friendly ® Schools data calculations and scoring tabulations using the criteria set forth by Victory Media. The services performed by EY are advisory in nature. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. The methodology review was performed by EY Assurance Services. For more information about EY, please visit ey.com CURRENT SURVEY CRITERIA METHODOLOGY 2017 MILITARY FRIENDLY ® SCHOOLS SURVEY CATEGORIES & WEIGHTINGS For more details about the Military Friendly ® Methodology, visit Militaryfriendly.com/methodology The goal of Military Friendly ® Schools is to identify those colleges, universities and trade schools that are truly doing "better for veterans." That is, schools must have implemented best practices and policies to recruit, develop and support student veterans, with the goal of providing them the tools they need to successfully take the next step in their lives: graduation, degree advancement and/or employment. To qualify, schools must first complete the Military Friendly ® Schools annual survey. The survey does a few important things: • It verifies that the school's accreditation and status with federal government programs, such as the Yellow Ribbon program and the VA's Principles of Excellence, are in good standing and with no flags against them. • It evaluates whether student veterans feel welcomed and supported enough to stay in school, to graduate from school and to find gainful full-time employment in their chosen job field. Specifically, the survey benchmarks, or compares, schools of the same size and type in areas that impact a veteran's success the most: academic policies, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and loan repayment options, graduation and career outcomes, and military student support and retention. 30% 30% 12% 10% 9% 9% Military Student Support & Retention Academic Policies & Compliance Admissions & Orientation Culture & Commitment FInancial Aid & Loan Repayment Graduation & Career Outcomes Pledge to help us improve outcomes for veteran students at betterforveterans.org JOIN THE MISSION:

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