The collaborative efforts of Ferris State University’s Admissions staff and its Veterans Resource Center have been recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
Based on a review process conducted during the Spring 2016 semester, Ferris earned the MVAA’s gold-level rating for veteran-friendly programs, to continue a tradition of programs and services focused on veterans and their dependents. Veterans Program Specialist Adam Forbes said that it was humbling to be recognized by the agency.
“We get great support from the Admissions Office, as we follow through on (Ferris) President (David) Eisler’s desires to support and encourage these students in their learning,” Forbes said. “We work hard to be consistent in this pursuit.”
Ferris is one of 31 statewide schools that met all seven criteria used to monitor and evaluate its programs, and is among 44 schools, across Michigan, that received gold-level status in this year’s accounting. Seventeen other schools were given a silver rating and four earned bronze-level recognition. In 2015, Ferris was one of 28 schools to earn gold-level recognition, among the 57 institutions recognized. Forbes said that the university now meets MVAA requirements for student veteran academic retention, and completion and graduation rates, which was the category that escaped Ferris in last year’s report.
“We’ve worked hard to meet all the criteria,” Forbes said. “Groups and organizations across the country offer financial aid for veterans and their dependents. Veteran resource representative Jacob Schrot, and I, are serious about identifying those resources and getting students involved.”
Ferris is one of 11 gold-level schools participating in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative as Schrot joined the university in early 2015. MVAA director James Robert Redford said that the agency is pleased more than half the veteran-friendly schools have achieved gold-level status.
“These colleges and universities have proven their dedication to the men and women
who have served their country by ensuring they succeed in achieving their educational
goals,” Redford said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jacob Schrot is Ferris State University’s veteran resource representative. The university recently learned the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency gave their programs to support veterans and their dependents gold-level status.