PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Management Corporation (NASDAQ: EDMC) announced that GI Jobs Magazine has selected schools from all four of the Company's education systems for recognition and inclusion in its list of Military Friendly Schools® for 2014. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students. Schools listed have a shared priority of providing military students with focused support.
Argosy University, the Brown Mackie College system of schools, South University, and 34 of The Art Institutes schools were selected for the honor and now appear on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools for the publication: http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx.
"Education Management Corporation and its schools hold the utmost respect for the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our nation," said Carol DiBattiste, executive vice president, chief legal, privacy, security, and administrative officer for EDMC. "EDMC institutions are uniquely suited to serve the needs of members of our nation's military. The broad array of programs we offer provide active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses and families the quality, flexibility and convenience they seek through courses both on campus and online."
Before entering the business world, DiBattiste was the former Under Secretary of the United States Air Force and former Principal Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Navy, who also retired from Air Force active duty serving in enlisted and officer capacities.
The list was compiled through comprehensive research conducted with more than 17,000 schools nationwide via a data driven survey administered by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. The survey weighting, methodology, and resulting schools list is independently certified by the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. Schools on the list also offer additional benefits to student veterans including on-campus veteran programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.
Depending on a student's unique circumstances, online higher education can provide the flexibility of not having to be physically located on campus. Some programs even enable active military personnel to stay enrolled online while serving overseas and others may offer the opportunity to allow special start and stop accommodations that reflect the reality of soldiers and sailors finding themselves deployed in the middle of a course.
To learn more about how Education Management Corporation supports the education needs of military and veteran students, visit http://www.edmc.edu/About/military/default.aspx.
About Education Management
Education Management (www.edmc.edu), through its 110 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie Colleges and South University, provides students with the access and opportunity to improve their lives through education. In its more than 40-year existence, Education Management has offered academic programs through campus-based and online instruction, and successfully graduated more than 350,000 students. Education Management is committed to offering quality academic programs and strives to improve the learning experience for all students. Undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas are offered in a broad range of disciplines, including media arts, health sciences, design, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, business, fashion, legal, education and information technology.
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