AIKEN, SC (12/11/2017) Military Times announced the University of South Carolina Aiken is among its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets.
"We are honored to be recognized by Military Times for our commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America's veterans and military-connected students," said Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor.
"We are proud of our veteran and military students' success, and I am grateful for the faculty and staff who provide unparalleled support to this student segment."
The Military Times distinction follows USC Aiken's recognition by U.S. News and World Report earlier this year.
Now, in its eighth year, the rankings factor in 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 with all Military Times rankings, Best Colleges 2018 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. 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.