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Deadline Extended for Campuses to Sign VA’s “Principles of Excellence” for Serving Veterans and Service Members

July 02, 2012

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Friday notified campuses that the deadline to express intent to comply with the "Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members" has been extended from June 30 to Aug. 1.

ACE, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and other higher education groups sent a letter on June 22 to the VA and other federal agencies expressing concern about the lack of clarity in the principles as currently written and the practical ramifications for institutions.

Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) also sent a June 28 letter to the departments of Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs, requesting that the June 30 deadline for institutions to agree to comply be delayed or repealed and that institutions be given more details about implementation. They also explicitly directed the agencies to answer immediately the questions in the higher education community’s letter.

Institutions can communicate their intent to comply by sending an email to: principles.excellence@va.gov. Colleges and universities that have notified VA of their intent to comply will be identified on www.gibill.va.gov, but that list will continue to be updated on a weekly basis to recognize schools as they respond.

 

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