From Military Service to Student Life

Strategies for Supporting Student Veterans on Campus

Topics: Veterans, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Academic Support Programs, Student Retention and Success

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  • Four models for structuring veterans services
  • Tactics for adjusting student services to meet veterans’ needs
  • A case profile of a veterans’ learning community
  • Strategies for fostering a “veteran-friendly” culture on campus

Executive Summary

The Post 9/11 GI Bill that goes into effect in August 2009 will expand the educational opportunities for the almost two million returning veterans. Some schools are looking at student veterans as a way to boost their enrollment, recognizing that these students are a source of revenue. At the same time, institutions see an opportunity to serve those who have served our country, helping them transition back to civilian life and identify new career paths through higher education. Increasingly, Council members are looking for guidance both on how to prepare for an influx of student veteran but also how to better support this special population on their campuses.

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