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Academic Research on Military-Connected Students

December 30, 1899


Since 1918, the American Council on Education has supported the higher education aspirations of our nation's military personnel and veterans. ACE continues this tradition of service for our nation's military-connected students by sharing this empirical research.  The organizational aim is to support higher education institutions in building capacity to serve America's military-connected students.



Military-Connected Undergraduates: Exploring Differences Between National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, and Veterans in Higher Education (2015)

This report examines points of difference between National Guard members, reservists, active duty personnel, and veterans on demographic and economic characteristics, as well as on key factors associated with college enrollment, persistence, and completion.



Military-Connected Undergraduates: The Current State of Research and Future Work (2015)

This convening summary highlights several key takeaways from a discussion with leading researchers about the current state of research on military-connected college students and next steps in emprical research.



Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit Report (2015)

This report highlights five themes that emerged from the Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit and provides recommendations for those working to support military-connected students.​




Student Veterans/Service Members’ Engagement in College and University Life and Education (2013)

This report examines how military-connected students 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 (2013)

This report describes ACE’s work in evaluating military training and experience and proposes steps to increasing the award of military credit for prior learning to address STEM education attainment goals.

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