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Hawkeye Community College Named to Military Times 2018 Best Colleges List

posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College has been selected for the Military Times Best Colleges List, formerly known as Best for Vets. The annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

As with all Military Times rankings, the Best Colleges List is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey.

"Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year. Only the best made the cut," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. "For the past eight years, we've seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts."

Military Times’ annual Best Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. These institutions were evaluated in several categories, with university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight.

Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

Hawkeye has been at the forefront of addressing military students’ needs for many years. Hawkeye’s Military and Veterans Services office includes a coordinator and resource center providing veterans with a central point of contact and making it easy for a one-stop-shop approach to determining funding and resources. Hawkeye has many resources for veterans, including a personalized approach to transitioning into the academic environment, tutoring, and campus-based disability and counseling services.

Hawkeye’s veterans services coordinator, Robin Knight, has many years of experience in working with student veterans. The office of Military and Veterans Services, located in the Brock Student Center, coordinates the college's services to the military and veteran students and their families. For more information, call 319-296-2320, ext.1212, or visit www.hawkeyecollege.edu/veteran-services.

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