Jim Craig speaks at Oct. 21 Carpenter Series event

UMSL, which made the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 list this week, hosted a discussion about the relationship between the U.S. military and society as part of the Carpenter Series on Oct. 21. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jim Craig, chair of the Department of Military and Veterans Studies, moderated the event. (Photo by August Jennewein)

When it comes to student success among military veterans, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is 28th in the nation, according to a new ranking.

On Monday, Military Times ranked UMSL within the top third of its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 list, which includes 100 four-year schools in total. The institutions were selected from among several hundred colleges and universities vying for the recognition.

Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

Best for Vets Colleges 2015“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” said Best for Vets editor Amanda Miller. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”

The rankings are also based on data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, along with detailed survey data from participating schools and a comprehensive school-by-school assessment, according to the Military Times.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jim Craig, associate teaching professor and chair of UMSL’s Department of Military and Veterans Studies, said he was thrilled to hear the news.

“This university, as an organization, is doing all the things that make us ‘best for vets,'” Craig said.

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands this week. They will also be included in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine and online.

Learn more about the university’s support for the growing student veteran presence here.

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