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Supporting Military and Veteran Students

A Brown Bag Webinar Series Presented by the American Council on Education. Part of the official ACE Webinar Series.

June 28, 2013

​As colleges and universities across the country work to build effective programs to serve student veterans, the American Council on Education was pleased to host a special webinar series to help institutional leaders develop a strategy for supporting military and veteran students. 

The series featured webinars on the following topics:

  • Serving Those who Serve: An Overview of Military and Veterans in Higher Education
  • Fundraising for Military and Veteran Programs
  • Pathways and Partnerships
  • BONUS WEBINAR:  Demystifying Military Evaluations

Full webinar descriptions and speaker information is available below.

Serving Those who Serve: An Overview of Military and Veterans in Higher Education
June 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

The enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the new GI Bill, was the most significant event for active-duty and veteran students since the passage of the original GI Bill, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. Institutions have not faced such a significant influx of veteran students on campus since World War II. Military personnel and veterans are and have been a tremendous asset to higher education, but they have needs that are distinct from other students. This webinar explored challenges faced as campuses continue to welcome these students, and provided examples of how some colleges and universities are successfully addressing military and veteran student needs.

James E. Wright – President Emeritus, Dartmoth College
Michael Dakduk – Executive Director, Student Veterans of America
Meg Mitcham – Director, Veterans' Programs, ACE (moderator)


Fundraising for Military and Veteran Programs
June 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

The higher education community is still learning about the educational and personal needs of this newest generation of veterans and their families, but there are a number of programs and services that campuses can provide to ease veterans’ transition and boost their chances of success. As institutions continue to assess their programs, and enhance and expand supports and services for military and veteran students, there can be increased needs for funding and other support. This webinar discussed basic fundraising strategies and provide insight into building community partnerships to help colleges and universities develop successful support models.

James Schmeling, J.D. – Managing Director, Co-Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Jim Selbe - Special Assistanct to the Chancellor, Kentucky Community College System
Meg Mitcham – Director, Veterans' Programs, ACE (moderator)

Pathways and Partnerships
June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

ACE’s credit recommendations for military training and occupations provide recognition for college-level credit and, in turn, motivate student veterans’ completion of postsecondary education. This webinar explored the “view from campus,” with institutional perspectives on creating credential roadmaps that maximize the application of veterans’ training and occupational specialties. Institutions shared lessons they are learning as they engage campus constituencies, broaden options credit for prior learning policies and build roadmap partnerships.

Mary Beth Lakin - Director of College and University Partnerships, ACE (moderator)
Gena Bilden - Associate Vice President Enrollment Management and Student Services, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Anne Johnson - Dean Business and Social Sciences, Inver Hills Community College
Kathleen Warner - Acting Associate Dean Academic Affairs, University Maryland University College

BONUS WEBINAR : Demystifying Military Evaluations
June 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT

ACE’s Military Evaluations program has reviewed and made college credit recommendations for thousands of military courses since the early 1940s, and in 1974, began the evaluation of military occupational specialties. More than 2,200 higher education institutions recognize the ACE course credit recommendations for granting credit to their military students. This session clarified the review process and quality measures used in determining credit recommendations and increased the awareness, use and benefit of the new Joint Services Transcript (JST).

Dr. George Boulware - Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, Lipscomb University, TN
Dr. Robert Dawkins - Associate Professor, American Military University, VA
Dr. Dawn Garzon - Professor of Nursing, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
Michele Spires – Director, Military Programs, ACE (moderator)


All institutions on ACE’s Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions Participating Institutions List  received complimentary registration for the series. For more information or to join the Participating Institution list, click here.

These events took place online.

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