Glitch Pushes USF Off List of 2012 "Military Friendly Schools"

TAMPA (2011-10-12) -

The University of South Florida was listed in the top 15 percent of “military friendly” schools by G.I. Jobs Magazine for two years in a row, but it did not make the 2012 list.

Sean Collins, a manager with G-I Jobs magazine, said that USF failed to return this year’s survey and without that annual update the university was dropped from the list. The magazine determines a school's "military friendliness" by looking at the policies, benefits and services the school offers as well as surveying veteran students for input.

When contacted, the director of USF veteran services, Larry Braue, said he did not receive GI Jobs survey for 2012 because the magazine did not have his correct contact information and hard copies of the survey were mailed to the wrong departments.

The G.I. Jobs “Military Friendly Schools” list for 2012 was published online in August, however, Collins said it may not be too late for USF to be included.

“They certainly could contact us and file it late especially a school that’s been on the list,” Collins said during a phone interview Tuesday. “We would give the benefit of a doubt that their programs and policies are likely still in line with a military friendly school.”

Collins added that it’s up to their academic review board whether to consider the late application.

Braue said he was previously told filing late was not an option, but he planned to contact the magazine again to take advantage of Collins’ offer and submit the 2012 survey late.

G.I. isn’t the only magazine that identifies universities, colleges and trade schools with military and veteran friendly policies. The Military Times Magazine Edge ranked USF 8th among veteran friendly schools last year. An updated Military Times ranking is due out in November according to Braue.

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