The need for individualized and flexible support for military service members and student veterans emerged as a central theme of ACE’s 2014 Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit, a new report shows.
The report issued by ACE’s Center for Education Attainment and Innovation notes that the summit, which was convened to examine the college admissions process for service members and veterans, resulted in five themes and accompanying recommendations for improving their higher education enrollment experience.
In turn, these themes and recommendations will be further studied at a second summit later this year, with the goal of developing a plan to more broadly disseminate promising practices.
The initial Summit held last June was to examine 10 promising practices for helping such students get into college and hone in on five or six that could yield the best results for institutions while maximizing limited resources.
About 1.5 million service members will be transitioning out of the military over the next five years and many will be using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to get the education and training needed to start civilian careers.
The four other broad themes identified at the summit:
- Empowering service members and veterans to advocate for themselves
- Ensuring that military branches, federal agencies, higher education institutions, and employers to communicate with one another in order to work more effectively on behalf of service members and veterans
- Offering “full spectrum navigation” higher education assistance from military recruitment to civilian employment, particularly in the application of continued assistance after degree completion to promote successful employment
- Exploring ways in which various stakeholder groups, from the military to institutions to employers, can work together to better understand and recognize the concerns central to service members’ and veterans’ college education
Click here to see the full report.