(Sept. 24, 2012) -- For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio was named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.
The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served.
"Once UTSA realized that its rapidly growing veteran population had different needs than veterans from prior eras, it responded by transitioning its already-established Veterans Task Force consisting of staff and faculty from every university entity to a smaller university standing committee called the Veterans Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) with six focus area sub-committees," said William Dawson, veteran and president of the UTSA Student Veterans Association.
"This transition gave the university administration the ability to more rapidly and dynamically address issues associated with the growing veteran population and their unique needs," he added. "Because of the composition of the VSAC and its much more focused mission, a lot of bureaucracy was eliminated when trying to solve most student veteran's problems."
Student veterans like Dawson have numerous resources available at UTSA such as counseling services, tutoring, life-skills assistance, first-class ROTC programs, a career center that actively assists student veterans, federal job fairs, student veterans networking opportunities (VETNET), veterans/military recognition events, financial assistance, a large population of faculty and staff that readily identify themselves as veterans (or supporters), who are willing to assist student veterans.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools were compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. View student veteran survey feedback at the Military Friendly Schools website.
"The Military Friendly Schools list is a great resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," Dawson said.
For the complete list of military-friendly schools, visit the G.I. Jobs website.
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
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