Release date: Feb. 17, 2020
Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is pleased to announce it has earned the 2020-21 Military Friendly® School designation for the 9th consecutive year. This year, the College has earned a silver distinction and is the only Community College in the state of Louisiana to receive the Military Friendly designation.
“We are honored to once again receive the Military Friendly designation for our continued service of active duty and veteran students as well as their families,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “We are very proud of this distinction as it shows our ongoing commitment to serving our nation’s heroes. We are dedicated to helping military and veteran students achieve their education goals and will continue to explore ways to address and anticipate their needs.”
Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly® Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey, with 625 schools earning the designation from every state in the country.
In 2018, BPCC opened its Veterans Resource Center, the first center in north Louisiana established to serve the educational needs of our military men and women and their families.
“We understand the importance that education plays in military careers, their transition to the civilian world, and the academic goals of their families,” said Susan Stakes, Veterans Resource Center Program Manager. “We want to empower them with a first class education by providing them with the on and off campus resources they need through the campus Veterans Resource Center. It is our mission to assist them in completing their mission.”
The 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com. Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly ® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default Rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
For more information about BPCC’s Veterans Resource Center or BPCC’s Veterans Educational Services, visit https://www.bpcc.edu/index.php/veteraneducationalservices/.
About Military Friendly ® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Ernst & Young (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the Military Friendly® Schools list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY. The services performed by EY are were limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.