Veteran Issues in the News

The Obama Administration challenged educational institutions in August 2013 to adopt practices that enhance opportunities and improve employment outcomes for veterans. To date, more than 250 community colleges and universities have implemented “8 Keys to Success” to help veterans on campus.

“This commitment made by colleges and universities will help veterans better transition from military service into the classroom, graduate, and find a good job to help strengthen our economy,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs  Eric K. Shinseki. “Given, the opportunity, veterans will succeed because they possess exceptional character, team-building skills, discipline, and leadership.”

The “8 Keys to Success” include the following:

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
  2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space.
  5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
  6. Use 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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This article was written by Liz Wheeler