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March 7, 2014
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs released two new tools they hope will improve GI Bill beneficiary’s higher education process. The first is an online GI Bill Feedback System that is accessible to Veterans, Service members, and eligible dependents to report issues they may have encountered while using their GI Bill at an institution of higher education. Information gathered from the feedback system will be reported to the appropriate department to help resolve and prevent any future issues. Five days later the VA implemented a GI Bill Comparison Tool that provides beneficiaries an assortment of information about institutions of higher education to help inform their decision about where they will attend. Both tools are applying standards from Executive Order 13607 and are encouraging institutions to comply with the Principles of Excellence.
Institutions of higher education are continuously looking to find ways to better support today’s service members and veterans reach their educational attainment goals. Recently a large part of the conversation surrounding promising practices for supporting student veterans has focused on developing programs that increase acceptance of academic credit for military training and occupations in order to increase academic success and decrease time to attainment. Through these conversations, many institutions have developed and implemented various types of policies and programs through the use of institutional task forces, articulation agreements, competency based assessments, and what is often referred to as stackable credentials.
Academically-bound transitioning servicemembers and veterans walk a path cluttered by obstacles and challenges. Dealing with an oftentimes profound disconnect from the mainstream student body, student veterans must juggle and support the competing demands of an exacting course load, potential employment, and a personal life that frequently includes a family. A campus seemingly void of peers with shared experiences, coupled with a lack of understanding on the part of campus administration can leave veterans missing the sense of camaraderie enjoyed during service and can provide a serious impediment to obtaining a diplomaAs veterans transition from the military into higher education they are faced with a variety of challenges. Disabled and/or severely injured veterans are often faced with even greater challenges and may need extra considerations. Institutions of higher education have been finding innovative and creative ways to help meet the specific needs of this student population. We would like to hear from you about the programs and services your institution has implemented to address these issues.