CSM des­ig­nated as mil­i­tary friendly

The Calvert Recorder - - Business - CAROL SMITH

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land re­ceived the Mil­i­tary Friendly school des­ig­na­tion from Vic­tory Me­dia for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year. Mil­i­tary Friendly schools are con­sid­ered top-tier ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions that pro­vide the best op­por­tu­ni­ties for mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers and their spouses, a press re­lease states.

CSM is one of the largest providers of ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices for cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Mil­i­tary and vet­eran stu­dents rep­re­sent ap­prox­i­mately 10 per­cent of CSM’s to­tal en­roll­ment. The col­lege is ap­proved by the U.S. Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs and Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, which al­lows el­i­gi­ble vet­er­ans, ser­vice mem­bers and cer­tain de­pen­dents to re­ceive VA ed­u­ca­tional ben­e­fits for credit cer­tifi­cate and as­so­ciate de­gree pro­grams. CSM’s out­reach in­cludes the CSM Stu­dent Vet­er­ans Or­ga­ni­za­tion and a lounge where stu­dent vet­er­ans can gather to study and so­cial­ize. The col­lege has also hired vet­er­ans af­fairs co­or­di­na­tors to ad­vise stu­dents.

The des­ig­na­tion comes from Vic­tory Me­dia, which sur­veys thou­sands of in­sti­tu­tions and as­sem­bles in­for­ma­tion that is pro­vided to ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, help­ing them select the best col­lege where they can re­ceive the ed­u­ca­tion and training needed to pur­sue a ca­reer in the civil­ian work­force, the re­lease states. Schools are eval­u­ated us­ing both pub­lic data sources and re­sponses from a pro­pri­etary sur­vey com­pleted by the school. Stu­dent sur­vey data was also taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. Fi­nal rat­ings were de­ter­mined by com­bin­ing the in­sti­tu­tion’s sur­vey scores with the as­sess­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion’s abil­ity to meet thresh­olds for re­ten­tion, grad­u­a­tion, job place­ment, loan re­pay­ment, per­sis­tence (de­gree ad­vance­ment or trans­fer) and loan de­fault rates.

More than 1,400 schools par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey, with 941 schools earn­ing the des­ig­na­tion.

Visit www.csmd.edu/ stu­dent- ser­vices/ vet­eran- mil­i­tary- sup­port- ser­vices/.

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