GPC Named Sixth Best for Vets

12/16/2013
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy   

For Immediate Release

Georgia Perimeter College was named sixth in the nation for its offerings for and support of veteran students.

Military Times EDGE magazine, which comprises Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, announced the national rankings of two-year colleges. This year’s scores reflect a new emphasis placed on academic rigor in the fourth annual ‘Best for Vets: Colleges’ survey, a 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

“As with all of the ‘Best for Vets’ rankings, ‘Best for Vets: Colleges’ is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

“Best for Vets” provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members, she said. The evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

“This survey was quite extensive,” said Mark Eister, GPC’s Military Outreach director. “It is important for us to be seen and known by outside organizations as a school that works hard to make the student veteran academic experience both smooth and successful.”

The rankings and related article were published in full 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.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 21,000 students through five campuses in metro Atlanta and online. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.