November 9, 2012
Contact: Kevin Lawlor, 301-686-8025
APSCU Announces Formation of Blue Ribbon Taskforce for Military and Veterans Education
Washington, D.C. - The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Taskforce created with the mission of ensuring that every service member, veteran, or family member utilizing their earned education benefits are provided with the quality education they deserve at every institution of higher education. The goal of the taskforce is to develop a series of best practices for veterans education to be used by APSCU schools as well as all post-secondary institutions.
The taskforce includes the following institutional and organizational military and veteran education representatives from APSCU, non-APSCU, and veteran service organizations:
Each of these schools exhibits a commitment to both the quality of education and the student veterans they serve. Combined with the expertise and knowledge of those representing the military and veteran education communities, the taskforce will provide unique insight and practices to allow other institutions to implement similar policies to improve their military and veteran education programs in areas such as appropriate marketing and recruitment, education benefits, student support services and mentoring, academic counseling, and placement services.
"After almost ten years of war, our veterans are coming home and seeking out the tools they need to provide for their families and thrive in post-military life," said APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson. "One of the greatest opportunities we can give them in return is access to postsecondary education in the field of their choice. This panel will help build on best practices already occurring and develop new models for ensuring the academic success of service members and veterans."
The Blue Ribbon Taskforce will publish their recommendations early next year with the goal of improving the quality of institutional academic and programmatic delivery to their military and veteran students. Such recommendations will be lifted up for all institutions of higher education to consider and employ in their service to these populations. "This Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served our nation,” concluded Gunderson. “Private sector colleges and universities are proud to have the opportunity to work with America's heroes."