Kayla Nguyen, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas Graduate School of Management has been named a “military friendly” school by Victory Media for the third year in a row. Victory Media, a global military niche media firm, ranked the GSM in the top 15 percent of military friendly schools nationwide.
G.I. Jobs, a division of Victory Media, included a profile of UD on its website for Military Friendly Schools and listed it in its promotional G.I. Jobs Magazine.
The Military Friendly Schools List is published each year after the G.I. Jobs team approaches schools nationwide asking for their participation in a statistically based survey. The team approaches over 12,000 schools in attempt to distinguish the ones that provide the most benefits for veterans, military personnel and military dependents.
According to militaryfriendlyschools.com, the survey is extensive and based on objective content such as a school’s financial and non-financial efforts, programs and accreditation. The methodology outlines how a large part of a school’s score is determined by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approval “to accept the GI Bill, SOC membership, academic credit for CLEP and ACE, and flexible learning programs.”
On its website, Victory Media claims to bring “long-term and sustainable economic opportunity to the military community by showing corporate America the business value of marketing to the military.” UD has capitalized on this marketing in its efforts to recruit members of the military to the Graduate School of Management.
Veterans can apply for VA approval to receive educational benefits. Once they are eligible, they can get part or all of their expenses covered. For example, if a veteran has served at least 90 days of aggregate service, he is eligible for 40 percent of educational benefits to go towards his tuition, housing and books at UD.
In addition to providing these benefits, UD partners with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, aimed at post-9/11 veterans. The program matches any financial award given by the school to cover education costs.
“The program is important because lots of post-9/11 veterans come here now, and they can get 100 percent of tuition and fees covered,” University of Dallas VA Coordinator Joy McNabb said.
McNabb explained her personal connection to the honor: “I’m in the military, and I’ve got a passion for our vets and I understand them.”
McNabb, along with the rest of the GSM faculty, thanks all U.S. veterans for their service to the country.