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Helping Veterans Succeed on Campus: ED Initiatives, Programs and Resources

Posted by Maisha Meminger - On November 26, 2013 (EST)

The Office of Vocational and Adult Edult, U.S. Department of Education, (OVAE) has assembled the Department's initiatives that foster postsecondary education opportunities for veterans and returning service members. Much of this work builds on Executive Order 13607 [ ] (EO), Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, issued by President Obama on April 27, 2012. The goals of this EO are to help service members and veterans to access high-quality and affordable postsecondary learning options and to establish principles of excellence for postsecondary institutions serving service members and veterans. 


A recent initiative that supports this EO is 8 Keys to Success [ ], which highlights ways that colleges and universities can help veterans reach their education and employment goals. The 8 Keys to Success on campus are: 



  * "Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.

  * Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.

  * Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.

  * Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size).

  * Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.

  * Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.

  * Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.

  * Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans."


If your institution supports these eight keys, has efforts underway to help veterans succeed on campus, and would like to be added to this list [ ] of 8 Keys to Success Sites, please send an email to Marc Cole at or call (202) 453-6358 to learn more. 


The Veterans Upward Bound [ ] program has been in place for many years as part of ED's Federal TRIO programs [ ], which provide discretionary grants for disadvantaged students. "Veterans Upward Bound motivates and assists veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary to gain entrance and achieve success in postsecondary education institutions. The program provides the assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas in an effort to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education." 


To further veterans' success in higher education and employment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding its VetSuccess on Campus [ ] (VSOC) and Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) [ ] programs, which connect veterans to VA resources. Hundreds of colleges and universities are developing or expanding their veterans success centers as a result of VSOC and VITAL. VSOC is currently established at 32 campus sites in 16 states and is expanding to additional campuses. 


In 2012, OVAE published the Adult College Completion Tool Kit [ ], targeted to, among other groups, a veteran student population. The tool kit is a collection of resources designed to connect state and local policymakers to strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools to increase the numbers of students who obtain degrees or certificates.

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