Mark Quasney, business administration major at the University Center-Rapid City, is one of the many Black Hills State University student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings Monday with Black Hills State University making the list for the second year in a row.
Black Hills State University has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to services and programs for America’s student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings Monday with BHSU making the list for the second year in a row.

Military Times, an organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best of Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of the Military Times EDGE. The rankings are published in full in this month’s issue of Military Times EDGE magazine and online at MilitaryTimes.com.

BHSU received the same distinction last fall, and in March the University was ranked among the Best for Vets for business schools, an honor also put out by Military Times. In September, BHSU was named to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media for being among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are most dedicated to supporting American’s service members and veterans as students.

BHSU, which has the highest percentage of veteran students among South Dakota schools, has a long history of working with the military to provide educational options for veterans and active military people.

“BHSU has once again been recognized as a Military Friendly School due to its continuing commitment to provide quality educational programs and services to our veteran students,” said Mike McNeil, disability services liaison. “Some of these services include having a Vets Center on the main campus and at University Center-Rapid City, providing easy access to veterans’ benefits like the GI Bill. This year we also hired a full-time veterans resource coordinator, David Dodson. David will take care of both veterans’ benefits and the services offered to veterans at BHSU. He also brings the unique experience of being a veteran himself and also being a BHSU student in the master of strategic leadership program.”

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.