OSU Institute of Technology has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly ® School Silver designation, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that best embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensures their success on campus.
“This year marks the 75th anniversary of OSUIT, and I cannot think of a better recognition that speaks to our legacy as a campus created to provide the occupational skills training for post-WWII veterans,” said OSUIT President Bill R. Path. “We're proud that to this day, we are still the place where veterans can use their experience toward college credit and transition those skills to meet industry demands.”
Veteran students along with spouses and children can enroll at OSUIT using their G.I. Bill benefits to earn an associate or bachelor's.
OSUIT is one of the few schools that will convert military training to credit that will count toward graduation, not just electives. The institution not only takes American Council on Education credit recommendations, but it also has a Prior Learning Credit system.
Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey, with 747 earning the designation. The institution was measured by its 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.
"This recognition is just one of the many ways we are able to prove our commitment to serving those who have served," said Sommer Howard, veteran services coordinator. "We will do anything and everything we can do to support our military and former service members to obtain an education and a new career."
VIQTORY determined its methodology, criteria and weightings 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 response set and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based scoring assessment.
"Military Friendly ® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process," said Kayla Lopez, national director of Military Partnerships Military Friendly ®. "This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to consistently evolve and invest in their programs. Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources, and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community."
The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine's May issue and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.