Texas Tech University's Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration recently was ranked for the third consecutive year by Military Times as a 2016 Best for Vets Business School, coming in at No. 23 nationally. Two schools in Texas were among those listed in the top 25 as Texas A&M University's Mays Business School also was ranked.
"The Rawls College of Business is honored to be selected as a Military Times Best for Vets Business School for the third consecutive year," said Paul Goebel, interim dean for the business school.
A total of 180 business schools in the United States were considered for the ranking and only the top 77 were listed. Military Times evaluated each school by five categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost and financial aid. University culture and student support were regarded the highest and financial aid the least.
Other factors considered for the rankings include enrollment for the fall 2015 semester, staff support, academic support, military course completion, military retention, military graduation, overall institution retention rate, overall institution graduation rate and others.
According to the rankings, the Rawls College of Business succeeded the most in academic support with a 95 percent rate of military course completion.
"All of the faculty, staff and administrators at Texas Tech respect and appreciate the sacrifices and efforts given by the women and men serving their country in our military," Goebel said. "We strive to ensure that veterans receive the assistance necessary to smoothly transition into higher education, and ultimately graduate and move into successful careers."
Texas Tech has more than 2,000 military students attending the university and more than 250 faculty and staff members that work and teach in various areas on campus. The Military and Veterans Programs (MVP), housed under the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, and the veteran faculty and staff members work together to help each military student succeed in earning a degree and transitioning from military to civilian life by mentoring and showing the utmost dignity and respect for those who served.
The Military and Veterans Programs work with veterans and their family members as soon as they step foot on campus by assisting in registering for classes, processing G.I. Bill benefits and Hazlewood Act exemptions, and assisting them throughout their college experience at Texas Tech. More information about the MVP department can be found on its website.
"Recognition as a Best for Vets Business School for the third consecutive year reflects once again that Texas Tech University is providing exceptional programs and a campus-wide support system for our military and veteran students," said Lou Ortiz, director of Military and Veterans Programs.