ACE today launched its Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions, an interactive online resource to help colleges and universities build effective programs for student veterans.
The site, located at www.vetfriendlytoolkit.org, highlights a variety of best practices including veteran-specific orientation offerings, on-campus veterans service centers, prospective student outreach efforts, faculty training, and counseling and psychological services for student veterans. It also includes video clips, profiles of student veterans programs across the United States and a searchable database of tools and resources. Supported by The Kresge Foundation, the toolkit allows colleges and universities to create profiles that highlight services available on campus and to share information with peer institutions.
"The definition of 'veteran friendly' is as diverse as today's higher education community," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "Factors such as campus culture, academic environment, student body size and composition, location and more all play a role in determining what programs and services work for an individual institution and its students. ACE is proud to offer this toolkit, which we hope will assist institutions in making those choices."
"ACE's history of serving members of the military and returning veterans dates back to its very founding," said Gretchen M. Bataille, ACE senior vice president for Leadership and Lifelong Learning. "Equally important is serving the institutions that welcome these students as they undertake postsecondary education. Recognizing that each institution has diverse strengths, needs and resources, the toolkit provides a range of ideas to help schools build or enhance a veterans program that is right for them."
"We at Kresge believe veterans are a critical part of the nation's strategy for regaining America's position as the best educated country in the world," said William F.L. Moses, program director for education at The Kresge Foundation. "Since many returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have significant skills but may be among the first in their families to attend college, we hope that the Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions will prove an invaluable asset as they use the new GI Bill to pursue a postsecondary degree."
The Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions is part of ACE's Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America's Veterans, a broad-based initiative designed to promote access to and success in higher education for more than 2 million service members and their families who are eligible for expanded benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Resources available include information on campus best practices, resources on serving students with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and an issue brief on the challenges veterans face when transitioning to campus.
The Kresge Foundation is a $2.9 billion private foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development. Fostering greater access to and success in postsecondary education for low-income, minority and first-generation college students is the focus of Kresge's Education grantmaking. In 2011, Kresge awarded more than $22 million in grants to support higher education in the United States and South Africa, with half benefiting U.S. community colleges. For more information, please visit the Foundation website: www.kresge.org or follow @kresgedu.
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