March 8, 2013
In an ongoing study of what constitutes Veteran Friendliness by David Vacchi, doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the central theme of the report is Accommodation. When veterans feel accommodated they consider the campus veteran friendly. Interestingly, while many indicators of friendliness may abound for an individual veteran, single instances of lack of support from Veterans Services Offices or Faculty appear to have the greatest negative influence on perceptions of veteran friendliness. The implication of this finding is that chasing criteria suggested by websites such as Military Times Edge and GI Jobs may not be the best strategy for truly becoming a veteran friendly campus.
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