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An Institutional and Individual Transition: Successful Measures to Develop Student Veterans Support Programs. Cameron Waites, American Democracy Project Student Scholar, UM-Flint Rebecca Hayes PhD, American Democracy Project Faculty Fellow, UM-Flint.

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An Institutional and Individual Transition: Successful Measures to Develop Student Veterans Support Programs

Cameron Waites, American Democracy Project Student Scholar, UM-Flint

Rebecca Hayes PhD, American Democracy Project Faculty Fellow, UM-Flint


Today s student veterans significant challenges and needs
Today’s Student Veterans: Measures to Develop Student Veterans Support ProgramsSignificant Challenges and Needs

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Transition process

  • Focused support

  • Need for understanding and camaraderie

  • Dedicated “safe” space


Today s student veterans much to offer
Today’s Student Veterans: Measures to Develop Student Veterans Support ProgramsMuch to Offer

  • Maturity and discipline

    • Student veterans have been found to have higher GPAs and graduation/retention rates than non-veteran students

  • Leadership experience

    • Interactions with diverse cultures

    • Broad life events/ coming of age

  • Educational benefits

    • Over 520,000 student veterans currently using GI Bill

    • Every year, nearly 200,000 military servicemembers leave active duty to enter college


Student veterans are relevant to adp mission and member institutions
Student Veterans are Relevant to ADP Mission and Member Institutions

  • Goal of the American Democracy Project: to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities

    • Student veterans have demonstrated this commitment and are poised to continue this dedication in their communities

  • In a sample of twenty ADP member institutions, only 30% were found to have existing student veterans resource centers

  • In order for our institutions of higher education to take full advantage of our student veterans, more campuses need to develop veteran student resource centers


  • An institutional response the veteran students support group at um flint
    An Institutional Response: InstitutionsThe Veteran Students Support Group at UM-Flint

    • A group of top administrative, faculty, and staff members convened by the University Provost

      • Includes Directors of Offices of: Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Research

      • Representatives from Offices of: Registrar, Student Life, Counseling Services

    • Directed by Associate Provost

    • Assigned tasks to appropriate subcommittees

    • Obtained financial resources from university’s general fund


    Institutional results at um flint
    Institutional Results at UM-Flint Institutions

    • Development of freshmen-level classes designed exclusively for undergraduate student veterans

    • Installment of new orientation sessions, specific to veteran students

    • Designation of physical space - the Student Veterans Resource Center - for student veterans

      • Creation of a centralized source of information and support for returning veterans

      • Study lounge, community area with computer access and entertainment options


    An institutional response next steps
    An Institutional Response: InstitutionsNext Steps

    • Professional development for faculty/staff on dealing with issues facing student veterans

    • Explore state/federal funding sources, submit grant proposals to fund campus programs

      • DOE Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success:

        • Total award funding - $6 million

        • Range of awards - $250,000 to $400,000 (Avg. $313,000 for 36 months)

        • Number of awards – 19

        • Application available: TBD

        • Due: Late summer

        • http://www2.ed.gov/programs/cevss/index.html

    • Gather data to establish best practices/results of support programs and resource center on individual student veterans


    Resources
    Resources Institutions

    • American Council on Education

      Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America’s Veterans

      • www.acenet.edu

  • Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

    U.S. Department of Education grants (Summer 2010)

    • http://www2.ed.gov/programs/cevss/index.html

  • Student Veterans of America

    • www.studentveterans.org


  • Survey results
    Survey Results Institutions

    1. Univ. of Alabama A & M Yes

    2. Univ. of Alaska Anchorage No

    3. Henderson State Univ. No

    4. Northern Arizona Univ. Yes

    5. Cal. St. U. Channel Island Yes

    6. Colorado State U.Pueblo No

    7. Central Conn. State U. Yes

    8. U.of District of Columbia No

    9. Florida Atlantic University No

    10. Albany State University No

    11. University of Northern Iowa No

    12. S. Illinois Univ. – Edwardsville No

    13. Indiana State University No

    14. Emporia State University No

    15. Eastern Kentucky University No

    16. Grambling State University No

    17. University of Maine at Augusta Yes

    18. Morgan State University No

    19. Eastern Michigan University Yes

    20. Metropolitan State University No

    Yes = 30% (6/20)

    No = 70% (14/20)


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