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ASU earns ‘Military Friendly School’ accolade for 7th straight year


November 5, 2015

Arizona State University announced today that for a seventh consecutive year it has been designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. G.I. Jobs magazine named Arizona State University a Military Friendly school for a seventh consecutive year. Download Full Image

The Military Friendly accolade is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources ensuring their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

“The timing of this recognition is perfect as we are in the middle of our annual Salute to Service celebration,” said Steve Borden, director of ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center. “Being named a ‘Military Friendly School’ for a seventh time recognizes our consistent advancement of services and support for veterans.”

Borden said that Salute to Service is one of the major initiatives that underscores ASU’s inclusion of veterans, service members and their families, and helps the university earn this type of recognition.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer for Victory Media, the parent company of G.I. Jobs magazine. “Our Military Friendly schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Enrollment of veterans and those still serving hit record highs for the current fall semester, said Borden. ASU has just over 4,150 student veterans, and of those nearly 500 are still serving on active duty, the Guard or reserves. Nearly 1,000 military family members are also enrolled.

“We also have increased our military online students by 40 percent in the past year,” said Borden.

Service members transitioning back to civilian life and looking to pursue their college goals are paying attention to which schools best meet their needs, and ASU is a military frontrunner, Borden said.

“We are interested in having veterans come here because we believe we’re offering what veterans are looking for,” he said. “Then we’re going to turn around and establish an environment where they can thrive.”

The Military Friendly designation validates ASU’s commitment to veterans, Borden said.

In addition to the title, ASU also made it onto two of G.I. Jobs magazine lists of the top 50 schools in the tech, telecom and diversified services industry for veterans.

“What does that mean?” said Ann Lee Ayers, regional consultant with Victory Media. “It means you have some great majors in business administration, information technology, operations and logistics, human resources, accounting, information management, science, cyber security and communications.”

Institutions competed for the Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by professional services firm Ernst & Young based on weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

ASU Law offers students new part-time evening option


November 5, 2015

Students who want to earn a law degree but cannot attend classes full time during the day may now take advantage of a new, part-time evening option being offered by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

This is the first time ASU Law has offered a part-time evening option as part of its Juris Doctor (JD) program. The new option was launched in response to students who said they wanted more flexibility to balance school with work and other life demands. This option is an extension of ASU Law’s JD program with select daytime courses that will be offered during weekday evenings. The same admissions standards apply to full-time and part-time students. ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester Douglas Sylvester, dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

“I firmly believe a full-time commitment to law school is the best course for our students,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. “But we also recognize that going to law school full time isn’t possible for everyone. As a result, we created this new option for students who want to enroll part time at a top law school in Arizona.”

The part-time evening option is slated to begin in fall 2016 at the Arizona Center for Law and Society — the new home of ASU Law in downtown Phoenix. The evening classes are also open to all full-time ASU Law JD students. While full-time students graduate in three years, it is anticipated that part-time students will graduate in five years. Initially, the part-time option will be available to a maximum of 20 students, but that could expand based on student interest.

ASU alumnus Richard Taylor (JD ’73) said he certainly could have used a part-time option when he studied at ASU Law. Now operating his own law firm, Taylor & Associates, Taylor attended the school for one year before being asked to leave because he was also working full time as a cab driver. He was trying to provide for his young family.

After a year, he was reinstated to the law school and tried to work part time, but he simply couldn’t make ends meet, so he quietly went back to work full time. Taylor drove a cab from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., caught a few hours of sleep and then went to class all day.

“I had to work full time and go to law school full time. It was quite a burden,” Taylor said. “Having a part-time, evening option back then would have been invaluable to me. I’m very pleased that ASU Law is making these changes.”

Please email asulaw.evening@asu.edu if you are interested in the part-time evening option. For more about the school — which is ranked No. 26 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and which ranks No. 14 in the nation for placing graduates in real lawyer jobs — visit law.asu.edu.

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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