The City University of New York is the first and largest university system in America to be named Military Friendly in 2016 in recognition of its programs for veterans, members of the armed forces leaving military service, and their military spouses.
The designation by Victory Media, the founder of the 13-year-old program, was given to 17 CUNY schools: Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, School of Professional Studies, The City College of New York, and York College.
“I’m very pleased that the number of Military Friendly campuses at CUNY has expanded from seven last year to seventeen this year,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. “CUNY colleges are providing these deserving men and women with the education and skills they need to pursue careers. We are proud to help our veterans realize their goals. I want to extend congratulations and appreciation to the CUNY college presidents, faculty and staff who have made serving the educational needs of veterans a priority.”
The 17 CUNY campuses were among more than 1,400 schools and 220 employers across the nation to be designated Military Friendly for “exhibiting best practices in support of military students and employees, respectively.”
Military Friendly schools connect with Military Friendly employers for better student success and job placement. The schools are provided with training and resources to enhance program development and share best practices; given a score card and benchmarking to break down program development and provide resources to improve; and offered advanced strategic recruiting campaigns.
The institutions were ranked by an extensive survey that covered 10 indicators of success, including support for student veterans on campus; graduation and employment outcomes; and military-spouse policies.
Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veteran, congratulated the winners, saying that “those earning the 2016 Military Friendly designation demonstrate a strong connection between classroom learning and career development. They’re moving the needle beyond ‘why recruit military’ to translating military competencies into training and positive employment after graduation.”
The CUNY colleges will be showcased along with the other 2016 Military Friendly schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools; in education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.
CUNY campuses offer a number of programs and services for veterans:
- Project PROVE (Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education) helps veterans transition from the military to academia. It is offered at seven campuses: BMCC, Bronx, Hunter, Hostos, LaGuardia, Queensborough, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
- Veterans’ coordinators on every undergraduate campus provide support and assistance beyond the GI Bill, and CUNY’s University Office has a Military Admissions Team that assists with the application fee waiver and other aspects of the application process.
- CUNY’s University Office maintains active and updated social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and at the website http://www2.cuny.edu/about/university-resources/veterans-affairs/.
- Review of the JST (Joint Service Transcript)/military credit for CUNY transfer credit.
- Since 2013, CUNY has offered in-state tuition to veterans, dependents and spouses on the GI Bill. The Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs supports the CUNY campuses, and VA VITAL and VMHC (Veteran Mental Health Coalition) offer Military Cultural Competency (MCC) training for faculty and staff.
- Dress4Success provides professional attire for female veterans seeking employment.
- Edge4Vets helps veterans prepare for job interviews and for career transitions to the civilian workforce.
- ACP (American Corporate Partners) connects veterans with professional development and offers mentoring, resume preparation and internship searches.
- Four Block helps veterans with job interview preparation and civilian career transition
About The City University of New York: The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. Nearly 3 million unique visitors and 10 million page views are served each month via www.cuny.edu, the University’s website.