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8 Keys to Veterans’ Success
Over the next several years, the number of servicemembers transitioning from military to civilian life (as veterans) is expected to increase significantly. A growing number of these veterans will be enrolling at America’s colleges and universities as they seek to become career ready and improve their future prospects for employment.
For these veterans, access to higher education is important, but it is not enough; we must help our veterans obtain a degree, certificate or license. These credentials are valued by employers and serve as a key milestone to future career success.
America’s colleges and universities play a critical role in ensuring that veterans have access to high-quality educational experiences and post secondary opportunities. The 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success (8 Keys) highlight specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals.
The Obama administration has made veteran educational success a priority. Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, calls for agencies to work together to ensure that educational institutions effectively serve those who have served our nation.
Building on these collaborative efforts, the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Education and Defense have been working collaboratively to identify concrete strategies to aid the nation’s veterans and service members in reaching their educational and training goals. A session was held during which more than 100 participants discussed various approaches that could be scaled and replicated to foster success on campus. This gathering brought together a wide range of stakeholders: government agencies; nonprofit organizations, including foundations and veteran service organizations; and, importantly, veterans who had recently completed college degrees in a range of disciplines.
During the session and subsequent efforts, the departments have gleaned—and continue to seek more examples—of many best practices and strategies. From this convening came the 8 Keys.
8 Keys to Veterans’ Success
By affirming support for the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success, an institution of higher learning is expressing its commitment to implement the promising practices outlined in the 8 Keys, as follows:
1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the LL COLOR campus community to promote well-being andsuccess for veterans.
2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
3. Implement an early-alert system to ensure that all veterans receive academic, careerand financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creationof a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.
7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.
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Online Learning January 2015 issue
The following articles are included in this issue:
"An analysis of supports for persistence for the military student population"
"Bridging the gap: Technology and veteran academic success"
"Planning for veterans' success: the degree map as an advising solution"
"Rules of engagement: Considering good policy and practice with online military learners"
"The evolving military learner population: A review of the literature"
Endicott College Welcomes VA's VITAL Program
Endicott College Welcomes VA's VITAL Program
At Endicott Veteran's VITAL program is designed to help veterans transition from service member to college student.
By Erin Hatch (Open Post) - October 26, 2015 11:53 am ET
Beverly, MA -- As Veterans Day approaches, Endicott College is pleased to announce the establishment of a new program designed to help veterans transition from Service Member to Student. The Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program is a joint venture between the Bedford VA Medical Center and Endicott College that helps veteran students maximize their unique strengths, skills, and life experiences as they pursue academic success. The VITAL program provides:
· Counseling and ongoing treatment for adjustment, stress, anger, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
· Support in developing time management, organization, and study skills
· Connection to peer mentors and peer tutors
· Coordination with college for academic accommodations
· Support with college processes regarding academic actions and/or conduct issues
· Enrollment into Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center
· Connection to veterans administration resources including Veteran Benefits Administration and vocational rehabilitation
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this excellent program to veterans. It is an important new feature among the growing number of services that Endicott offers to veterans who want to pursue higher education,” says Endicott College President, Dr. Richard E. Wylie.
Endicott College currently has over 100 active veteran students participating in a variety of programs, including our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, our online programs, and the Van Loan School Professional Studies program designed for adults in the workforce.
Endicott College is a 2015 and 2016 Military Friendly School designee and a proud participant in the Veteran Administration’s Yellow Ribbon program. As such, the College offers veterans excellent financial support, accepting all G.I. Bill programs as well as any extra educational and living expenses not covered by the G.I. bill for full-time students. Multiple additional services are available for veterans including counseling, peer mentorship and tutors.
The College accepts Joint Service Transcripts and offer many degree options to both full time students and those actively in the workforce balancing educational pursuits with the demands of modern life.
If you are a veteran interested in discussing educational options, please contact our adult degree program manager, William Kelly, at WKelly@endicott.edu or (978) 816-7673 . For more information about the Van Loan School and program offerings visit: www.endicott.edu/VanLoan.