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Supporting Student Veterans

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Supporting Student Veterans

  • ACE Veterans Programs promote access to and success in higher education for the more than 2 million service members and their families who are eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The initiative is comprised of grant-funded programs seeking to find, develop and disseminate promising practices in serving student veterans in higher education and promote awareness of this population’s needs. These projects continue an ACE tradition of helping to ensure service member and veteran success in higher education. 

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  • Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions

    Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions

    A collaborative online resource, the toolkit is designed to help institutions of higher education build effective programs for veteran students and share information. It highlights a variety of best practices including veteran-specific orientation, on-campus veteran service centers, prospective student outreach efforts, faculty training, and counseling and psychological services for veteran students.

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    Academic Recognition of Military Experience in STEM Education

    Academic Recognition of Military Experience in STEM Education takes an in-depth look at how successfully increasing acceptance of military credit recommendations at institutions of higher education can be achieved through federal agencies, workforce development experts, and other key stakeholders using available resources and tools to build degree pathways that accurately map military training to STEM courses helping eliminate the stigma surrounding award of credit for prior-learning, and boosting support among leaders and institutions for increased acceptance of military credit recommendations. This approach will lead to the development of best practices and, ultimately, increased STEM attainment and veterans’ education success.

  • Ensuring Success for Returning Veterans

    Veterans Success Jam

    The 2010 Veteran Success Jam was a three-day online virtual collaboration that brought together thousands of veterans and their families, service members, campus leaders, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies from around the country.

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    Veteran-Friendly Institution Counseling Center Program

    This program provides free training to college and university mental health counseling centers throughout the country on how to better address issues such as post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention in their work treating students.

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    From Soldier to Student II

    The report updates a 2009 study which provided the first national snapshot of the programs and services that colleges and universities had in place to serve veterans and military personnel following passage of the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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    ACE/Walmart Success for Veterans Grants

    ACE and the Walmart Foundation awarded 20 $100,000 grants to colleges and universities operating model programs that advance the veteran community’s access to and success in higher education. The 20 participating campuses used their grants to expand their veteran programs and services and share their promising practices and successes with other institutions.

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    Service Member and Veteran Advising Summit

    This two-day event will bring together experts in the areas of military student populations, admissions and academic advising, veteran employment and transition assistance. The goal of the summit is to build a strategy for further assisting service members and veterans in the college application and acceptance process.

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ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

Chris Hammann, 43, an employee and student at Northern Kentucky University, is ACE’s Adult Learner of the Year.

Adult Learner of the Year Award

The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.