The Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions is an online collaborative resource designed to help colleges and universities build better programs for student veterans. The toolkit highlights promising practices including veteran-specific orientations, on-campus veteran service centers, prospective student outreach efforts, faculty training, and counseling and psychological services tailored to student veterans. It also includes video clips, profiles of student veterans programs across the U.S., and a searchable database of tools and resources. Many colleges and universities have taken significant steps to support military veterans. But what’s working, and what’s not? How does an institution know that its efforts and resources are really making a difference? Whether a new program or an existing one, sharing resources, lessons learned and promising practices ultimately helps veterans and their families find their pathways to success in higher education.
What does it mean to be a “veteran friendly” institution anyway?
The definition may be as diverse as today’s higher education community. Campus culture and location, academic environment, student body, size and composition, location, and more all play a role in characterizing “veteran friendly” institutions. Today’s colleges and universities need to define “veteran-friendly” in a way that addresses both their institution’s and students’ needs. The Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions aims to assist institutions in determining just that.
Veteran Friendly Toolkit Webinar
ACE hosted a webinar that provided an overview of ACE’s Veterans’ Programs and walked participants through the different facets of the toolkit. You can view the webinar on YouTube and access the PowerPoint presentation here.