COA earns 2022-23 Military Spouse Friendly® School designation

Published 2:23 pm Thursday, September 22, 2022

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College of The Albemarle (COA) has announced its 2022-23 Military Spouse Friendly® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Spouse Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2022-23 survey, with 785 schools earning the designation as a Military Friendly® School, of which 346 were selected for the Military Spouse Friendly® Schools list. COA was designated as a 2022-23 Military Spouse Friendly® School for its leading practices, outcomes and effective programs for military spouses.

The 2022-23 Military Spouse Friendly® Schools list was published in Military Spouse magazine’s June 2022 issue and can be found at

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Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based scoring assessment. The institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) were measured, as well as loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

“COA’s most recent strategic goals focus on increasing access, improving success, promoting diversity and strengthening relationships,” said Kris Burris, vice president, student success and enrollment management. “As such, we recognize the importance of fostering an environment that supports both our military students and their spouses. COA earned Military Friendly® School designation in 2021-2022. We are extremely pleased to have also received the Military Spouse Friendly® School designation and continue our commitment to providing academic supports, career planning and other resources to support our military families.”

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently and with purpose. Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources and support services. Focusing on the betterment of the educational landscape and providing positive outcomes and economic opportunity for the Military Community,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships at Military Friendly®.

For more information about COA’s military and veteran programs, visit or contact Robyn Gram at or 252-335-0821, ext. 2258.