Ivy Tech Community CollegeWabash Valley Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation

Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley has been named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

"We’re delighted to be recognized for our service to veterans. It’s only right that Ivy Tech provide the tools and opportunities to succeed for those who have sacrificed for our freedom," said Ann M. Valentine, PhD, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley. "What better way to honor our veterans than to support them in their education after serving our country?"

"Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Ivy Tech’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools." Complete survey methodology is available at http://militaryfriendly.com/methodology.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

More than 170 veterans are currently enrolled at Ivy Tech—Wabash Valley. Among its many services, Ivy Tech works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide counseling for its student veterans. The textbook re-use program distributes texts and support materials no longer accepted for buy-back in the Campus Bookstore free-of-charge to veterans for reference and background sources or use in preparation for future courses of study. The Ivy Tech Student Veteran Organization serves as a support network and currently has about a dozen active members. A special Veterans Day program is held annually at the school to celebrate our nation's veterans.

Gary Busiere, a 38-year veteran and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, serves as the College’s Veteran Support Coordinator. "My job is to support our veterans from recruitment through graduation," said Busiere. "Making this list means that we provide the proper services and support at a high standard and endeavor to work daily to make the educational process for our veterans a positive experience."

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.