Academic Research on Military-Connected Students

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dating to its founding in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) has a long history of serving both military-connected students and the diverse array of colleges and universities that welcome them as they undertake postsecondary education. In its role as higher education’s coordinating body and convener, ACE provides colleges and universities with tools, resour​ces, and ways to share information about how to best serve this student population. ACE helps military and veteran students attain their postsecondary education goals through evaluations of military training a​nd experiences and by facilitating the process of military transcripts.

ACE Publications

​​​​Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions

Originally designed as a collaborative online resource, the ACE's Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions​ (now archived after functioning from 2012 to 2016 as an online resource) helps 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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​​Additional Publications

Military-Connected Undergraduates: Exploring Differences Between National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, and Veterans in Higher Education
Military-Connected Undergraduates: Exploring Differences Between National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, and Veterans in Higher Education
This report disaggregates various military personnel from veterans to examine points of difference on demographic and economic characteristics, as well as on key factors associated with college enrollment, persistence, and completion.
Military-Connected Undergraduates: Convening Summary
Military-Connected Undergraduates: Convening Summary
ACE and NASPA united in a three-part convening to engage leading experts in practice, research, and policy related to military-connected students. This convening summary captures key takeaways that emerged from the discussion.
2015 Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit Report
2015 Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit Report
This report highlights five themes that emerged from this 2015 summit, It provides recommendations for increasing enrollment among service members and veterans, and for supporting military-connected students through the application process.
Student Veterans/Service Members’ Engagement in College and University Life and Education
Student Veterans/Service Members’ Engagement in College and University Life and Education
This report examines how student veterans and service members and their peers differ in their perception about and their engagement in academic activities and campus life.
Academic Recognition of Military Experience in STEM Education
Academic Recognition of Military Experience in STEM Education
2013 white paper on academic recognition of military experience in STEM education.
ACE Engage Resources

ACE Engage®​, ACE's peer-to-peer online learning platform, offers higher education leaders the ability to solve their day-to-day challenges by connecting with other campus leaders, and includes on-demand access to a curated content library, microcourses, exclusive events, and more. Don't have an ACE Engage account? Learn more about joining or create your account​! ​


Resources: Institutional Value of Military Students
Resources: Institutional Value of Military Students
These resources are for leaders interested in developing or strengthening an institutional strategy that demonstrates the value of supporting military-affiliated students. Only on Engage—Create your account!
Resources: Helping Military-Affiliated Students Adjust to Academic Life
Resources: Helping Military-Affiliated Students Adjust to Academic Life
This toolkit helps higher education leaders, faculty, and staff identify military-affiliated students, challenges student service members and veterans face, and strategies for supporting their academic success. Only on Engage—Create your account!
Faculty Perspectives on Serving Military Students in College
Faculty Perspectives on Serving Military Students in College
Faculty members share insights into working with active duty and veteran students, including the value they add to the classroom, their unique challenges, and recommendations for better supporting them. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account!
Military-Affiliated Postsecondary Students: Institutional Value and Support Systems
Military-Affiliated Postsecondary Students: Institutional Value and Support Systems
This microcourse highlights the value military-affiliated students bring to the classroom and various models institutions can implement to support and attract military-affiliated students. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account!
Military-Affiliated Postsecondary Students: Adjusting to Academic Life
Military-Affiliated Postsecondary Students: Adjusting to Academic Life
This microcourse considers the challenges and needs of student service members and veterans and offers strategies that support their transition to academic life. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account!