One of Angelo State University’s proudest traditions is the treatment of our military and veteran students, as well as our close connection to Goodfellow Air Force Base.

To this end, for the 13th consecutive year, ASU has been named a “Military Friendly School” by VIQTORY Media, which includes several digital and print resources, including the magazines GI Jobs and Military Spouse, which serve military personnel and veterans in transition to civilian life. .

ASU also received a Gold Award for its ranking in the top 15 “Military Friendly Schools” nationwide in the Large Public Universities category for schools with more than 10,000 students. ASU is the only Texas institution to have won an outstanding award in this category for 2021-2022.

The 2021-22 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top U.S. higher education institutions that do the most to welcome U.S. military service members, veterans, and their dependents as students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in class and after graduation. . Each year, the list of “Military Friendly Schools” is provided to service members and their families, helping them choose the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training necessary to pursue a civilian career.

“As a military veteran and ASU alumnus, I am extremely proud of our ‘Military Friendly’ status,” said ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. Top Education and Campus Services possible, and the “Military Friendly” designation lets them know that’s exactly what they’ll get at Angelo State. This helps us recruit them into the Ram family, and the efforts of our faculty and staff ensure they have the positive educational experience they deserve.

Institutions on the 2021-2022 list were assessed using both public data sources and their responses to VIQTORY Media’s proprietary survey. Over 8,800 US schools were eligible, but only 747 received the “Military Friendly School” designation for 2021-2022. Final grades were determined by combining the results of each institution’s survey with an assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, placement, loan repayment, persistence, and default rates for all students – and in particular for student veterans.

“ASU could not achieve or maintain this Gold Medal level status without the continued commitment and support from across the campus,” said Susan Williams, Director of Military and Affiliate Veterans Services. “Our leadership team, faculty and staff all play a central role in helping ASU serve those who have served in the best possible way.”

Our long-standing and continuing relationship with Goodfellow AFB is a strengthening of the friendly military tradition of ASU. In the past year alone, ASU and Goodfellow signed five new partnership agreements in various areas of cooperation.

Three of the agreements allow Goodfellow’s Air Force and Department of Defense personnel to easily transfer previously earned college credits in various ASU bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Another agreement formalized the Doolittle Scholars Faculty Development Program which enrolls Goodfellow instructors in ASU courses, with ASU providing scholarships and waivers to cover tuition fees. This is the first such agreement between an air force wing and a public university for the training of military teachers.

And in another landmark deal, ASU rented 55 rooms in the Plaza Verde campus dormitory at Goodfellow to accommodate up to 110 military students. This will alleviate the shortage of student accommodation on the base until construction of a new residence is completed in 2026. It is also the first such agreement between the military and a public university.

As the relationship between ASU and Goodfellow continues to grow and prosper, there will certainly be more of these types of partnership opportunities in the future.

The military has deep roots in San Angelo, and the ASU Ram family is proud to be a part of this enduring tradition.

Tom Nurre Jr. is a News and Information Specialist in the ASU Communications and Marketing Office.

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