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Hawkeye Community College Named to Military Times' 2019 Best for Vets List

posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College is among the country’s best schools for military veterans according the new Best for Vets: Colleges rankings released by Military Times. 

In their ninth year, the rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey – the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement – as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

As is true for all Military Times rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent, objective, and rigorous news project. This feature evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families. About 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey.

“Military Times’ Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members, and military families,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “It can't be bought with advertising dollars – unlike some other supposedly veteran-friendly rankings – only earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served. Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended.”

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to disclose academic outcome and input data, describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus, and meticulously document a wide array of services, special policies, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. 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 319-296-2329, ext.1212, or visit www.hawkeyecollege.edu/veteran-services

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