NAU’s business college in top 10 ‘Best for Vets’

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For the third year in a row, Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business ranked among the top 10 in the ‘Best for Vets: Business Schools’ in the Military Times ranking released this week.

NAU ranked No. 10 out of more than 180 colleges and universities surveyed across the country.  The university also earned recognition in November for its student veteran programs and was designated as a ‘Best for Vets’ and military friendly university.

“We have a long standing commitment to supporting students who are veterans or on active duty,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “Our faculty and staff are deeply invested in the success of our students in the College of Business and across the university.”

The publication’s annual list evaluates university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, cost and financial aid. The W.A. Franke College of Business offers a student veteran center with targeted programs, individual academic and career development assistance, and resource navigation to enhance the student experience.

“We’re very happy to be recognized for our work with our veteran students,” said Craig Van Slyke, dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business. “Serving those who served our country is a moral obligation that the College of Business faculty and staff take very seriously.”

NAU also earned the highest level rating for the number of staff members dedicated to veteran’s issues and rated high for the academic support services including tutoring, mentoring and learning communities provided for veteran students.

The ranking also considered military course completion, retention and graduation rates, for which NAU reported rates of 100 percent in fall 2015. “The student input and support of the College of Business leadership, alumni and staff have given us the opportunity to continue to add new student success initiatives each term,” said Laurie Jordon, program manager for the college’s Veteran Student Center.

The complete list of the 2016 rankings is online.